DOn't miss our Annual Meeting this month and our cool Summer Sizzler programs!
Preservation Dallas
2922 Swiss Avenue
Dallas TX 75204

June 2017 News & Updates

Summer Sizzlers starts TONIGHT!

Preservation Dallas is pleased to present the 2017 season of Summer Sizzlers - our  popular series of educational lectures and workshops, offering insights into  preservation topics, architecture and history! 

Curious about the Texas sleeping porch?  Want to see a church on the prairie hidden right next to the tollway?  Do you wonder what happened to all the drive-in theaters in Dallas?  Discover the answer to these questions and more beginning TONIGHT, June 20, at the Wilson Carriage House with a history of the Knights of Pythias, the century old building designed by William Sydney Pittman in Deep Ellum.  Lecture starts at 6pm!

The full series of seven sessions is $60 for current Preservation Dallas members. The general public full series is $130 and includes a one year Individual membership to Preservation Dallas. 
Individual sessions are $10 for Preservation Dallas members and $20 for the general public. 

Read more about the sessions available and register  online , or call us at 214-821-3290.

2017 Preservation
Achievement Awards

With so many special guests at The Statler on May 31st, the 2017 Awards proved to be a magical evening. With a sell out crowd, Preservation Dallas got to share that magic with over 300 attendees including National Trust for Historic Preservation President and CEO Stephanie Meeks, Mayor Mike Rawlings and a llama! Our backdrop for the evening was a sight to behold and we were thrilled to be the first to invite guests into the completed areas of The Statler for a preview. Mayor Rawlings helped welcome our guests, and special guest Stephanie Meeks, to the project which is preparing to open in the Fall. Statler developer Centurion American and TriArc Construction worked especially hard polishing up event areas for us and we look forward to the rest of the stunning renovation of one of Dallas most favorite buildings. Take a look at photographs and information from the evening here.
Annual Meeting Monday, June 26

Don't forget to join us for the Preservation Dallas Annual Meeting on Monday, June 26, at Arts Mission Oak Cliff! This meeting is for members only and will be held in the  former Winnetka Congregational Church at 410 South Windomere designed by architect T.J. Galbraith. The 1929 church has been rehabilitated for use as an arts educational space. 

Reservations are required for this complimentary event and beverages will be provided. Thank you to Arts Mission Oak Cliff for hosting the meeting in their new space! Click here to make a reservation. 
During the meeting a summary of Preservation Dallas' work from the past year will be presented along with plans for the upcoming fiscal year. New board members will also be elected by the general membership present. Below is the slate of nominees for consideration for the Preservation Dallas Board of Trustees:
Norm Alston - Norm is a preservation architect with his own practice and currently serves as Chair of AIA's Historic Resources Committee. He is a longtime preservation advocate and has served as a Landmark Commission member. Recent projects include the Lakewood Theater and advocating against HB 3418. He is also an active participant on the Preservation Dallas Preservation Issues Committee. 
Chris Bell - Chris is retired from public relations and marketing. She is an active participant and volunteer on Membership Committee.
John Brown - John is an architect with Selzer Associates where he has worked on such projects as the restoration of McFarlin Auditorium at SMU. He is a long-time member of Preservation Dallas and is an active participant on the Preservation Issues Committee.
Dave Millheiser - Dave is a residential real estate broker with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. He is an active Preservation Dallas member and graduate of Preservation Dallas' Historic House Specialist program.  
Ann Piper - Ann is a real estate appraiser and former Landmark Commissioner. She has been a longtime active member of Preservation Dallas and teaches one portion of Preservation Dallas' Historic House Specialist program.
Leigh Richter - Leigh is the Executive Vice President, Investment and Retail Services with Bradford, a commercial real estate broker. She is an active participant on Preservation Dallas' Preservation Issues Committee and has been a member of Urban Armadillos since its inception. 
As a courtesy to the neighborhood, do not park on Windomere Avenue. Limited parking is available in the small lot north of the church and additional parking is available directly behind the church at L.U.L.A.C., 345 South Edgefield Avenue.

This event is open to current Preservation Dallas members only. 
Renew expired membership here or reserve your spot here.
2017 Most Endangered Historic Places Nomination Forms Now Being Accepted

Do you know of a threatened or endangered site in Dallas?  If so, nominate it for the 2017 list of the Most Endangered Historic Places! The 2017 list will be announced mid-September. Click here to download a nomination form. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, August 4.
Sharrock Farmstead Receives a State Historic Marker

On June 10th the Sharrock Farmstead received a great honor with the dedication of a state historic marker denoting its importance as part of the first settlement in North Texas. The cabin on the site dates to 1847 and is believed to be the oldest surviving structure in Dallas. The cabin was recently restored by the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department for which it received the 2016 Gail Thoma Patterson Award from Preservation Dallas for its restoration. On the site is a barn, well, and root cellar. The site became a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 2016 and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2015. If you would like to read more about the history of the site click here to go to the National Register nomination for the farmstead. The site is not currently open to the public, but is planned to be in the future. 
St. Jude's Chapel Mosaics Restored

Many of you may have noticed the scissor lift in front of St. Jude's Chapel on Main Street in downtown Dallas this spring and may have wondered what was going on. The intricate mosaic on the facade of the 1968 building was undergoing restoration to repair cracks and replace the missing Italian glass pieces of the mosaic. The  Catholic Diocese hired Julie Richey of Julie Richey Mosaics to undertake restoration including locating replacements for the missing glass tiles.  She had previously  worked on restoring the mosaics on the interior of the chapel as well. You can read more about her work and see pictures in  Paula Bosse's  Flashback : Dallas blog post.
   Preservation Issues
McCree and McAdams Cemeteries - At the Landmark Commission meeting this month both cemeteries were recommended by the Landmark Commission for Landmark Designation. With the recommendation, the cases will now move forward to the City Plan Commission for consideration. Preservation Dallas has been working on McCree Cemetery for a couple of years now researching its history, mapping the grave sites, and maintaining it through a grant from the B.B. Owen Trust. A report on the cemetery prepared for Preservation Dallas by Versar through the grant will be released this summer.  

DART D2 - On June 21 there will be two public meetings on the progress DART has made on the proposed D2 subway line through downtown Dallas. At the meetings the  remaining D2 Subway alternatives will be discussed  along with k ey issues and opportunities along the remaining routes and route preference and key considerations for Dallas Streetcar expansion in downtown Dallas. The meetings will be held at the downtown Sheraton  at 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. For more information on the meeting click here

    Director's Letter
    David Preziosi
Our celebration of National Preservation this year built upon the success we had last year with numerous new programs and events throughout the month. Once again we worked together with our partners to celebrate preservation with twelve different activities during the month ranging from panels, tours, a scavenger hunt, and ending with a big awards celebration at The Statler where the President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Stephanie Meeks, gave the keynote. After the Awards she told me how impressed she was with the organization of the event, the people she spoke with and the projects which received awards.  This year our National   Preservation  Month partners included: City of Dallas, Dallas Architecture Forum, Dallas Center for Architecture, Dallas Heritage Village, Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Dallas History and Archives Division of the Dallas Public Library, Greater Dallas Planning Council, Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture, and the Swiss Avenue Historic District. It was very impressive to see such a wide range of people at the events, including many new folks not associated with Preservation Dallas. There were over 1,100 people that attended the events, not counting the Swiss Avenue Home Tour. That is an increase from last year and so wonderful to see so many people enjoying the preservation activities during the month! Below are just a couple of events during the month.

Scavenger hunt at the Dallas Heritage Village.
Tour of City Hall, including the City Archives above.

Last week I made my annual pilgrimage to Washington DC to help the National Trust for Historic Preservation with lobbying for the Historic Tax Credit. The credit is one of the most important tools out there to help with the revitalization of income producing properties and has been crucial to the revitalization of downtown Dallas. It also means jobs and investment in Dallas to the tune of over $1 billion since 1999. Dallas is also the largest user of the tax credit in the state and has the largest tax credit project in Texas with the Statler at $175 million. The National Trust is looking to improve the flexibility of the credit and make it available for more historic properties with the introduction of the Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act which has been introduced in the House and the Senate. While in DC I made visits with two other folks from Texas to eight offices and spoke with them about the Historic Tax Credit and asked them to sign on to the bill. It was a great opportunity to visit with staff in the congressional offices to let them know how important preservation and the tax credits are to cities across Texas. 
Oak Cliff Preservation Town Hall
Tuesday | June 20 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 410 South Windomere

With the development pressure that Oak Cliff is facing Preservation Dallas and the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League will be holding a Preservation Town Hall to discuss the issues of working to save the historic places of Oak Cliff.  A panel will discuss the issues followed by an opportunity to hear from the public about this issue.  For more information click here
Please Welcome Our New Members!
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Laura & Shane Bagget Brian & Carlie Moe Eva & John Salazaar
Brooke Drake Charles Patrich Lawrence & Ivy Sweeney


Alice Baltierra
Amy Meadows Becky Portera
Mitch Carroll
David Mills Gwendolyn Kakaska Reynolds
John Crain Rachel Nettune Richard Ritz
Nancy Ferro Kristine Nordholm Susan Ware
Peter Larson Harold Phillips

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Kevin Brown  Matthew Rittmayer


Allison Ray

Thank you to the following members for renewing!
Lindalyn Adams
Sara Good Ronda Needham
Michael Amonett David & Risa Haedge
Carolina & John Pace
Buddy Apple Hamilton Properties Park Cities Historic & Preservation Society
Chris Bell Morgan Harrison Gary Skotnicki
Marie & Pete Brookhart Michael & Maria Hasbany Stephen & Danelle Smith
Ariana Camp Barenda Hino Trent & Laura Williams
Roger & Jan Colton
Judith & Cameron McMillen

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