Changes are coming to our membership levels.
Preservation Dallas
2922 Swiss Avenue
Dallas TX 75204

March 2017 News & Updates
Preservation Dallas is Turning 45! 

This year marks 45 years of preservation work in Dallas by Preservation Dallas and its predecessor the Historic Preservation League. So how did it all get started and what have we worked on since our founding? In the next few newsletters we will cover the history of the organization decade by decade. So, let's start out with the beginning of the organization and our work in the 1970s.

In September 1972, a group of citizens concerned about the need to formally protect and preserve our city's historic buildings founded the Historic Preservation League (later to become Preservation Dallas). It was a volunteer-run organization with a broad mission to preserve and revitalize Dallas' buildings, neighborhoods and other historical, architectural and cultural resources. The Historic Preservation League (HPL) went to work immediately and laid out a program of work that continues to impact preservation efforts in Dallas.

Only a year after its founding, the HPL succeeded in urging the City Council to adopt the first Preservation Ordinance for Dallas. A year later, in 1974, the HPL published Buying a Home in Historic Old East Dallas, part of a major marketing program to interest potential residents in purchasing and preserving homes in inner-city neighborhoods. The first effort to save endangered buildings also occurred in 1974, when the HPL campaigned and succeeded in saving Old Lakewood Library and Trinity Methodist Church. The church was subsequently designated as Dallas' first Landmark building.

In 1976, the HPL was instrumental in the establishment of the Munger Place Historic District Revolving Fund. Between 1976 and 1979, 27 homes were purchased and sold with restoration covenants, and Munger Place attracted approximately $5 million in private reinvestment. During that time, HPL also focused on other historic areas. The HPL purchased and rehabilitated a craftsman bungalow in Junius Heights to demonstrate the potential of the underrated neighborhood. That effort was aided in 1977 when Fannie Mae extended its lending program to cover homes in Junius Heights. Previously, it was extremely difficult to get a mortgage loan for an historic property in that neighborhood. Also in 1977, the HPL financed a study of the Magnolia Building, and persuaded the City of Dallas not to demolish the landmark, but to sell it so that it could be restored and reused.

A lot was accomplished in the early years of the 1970s and stay tuned for the work in the 1980s!
Membership Changes Coming to Preservation Dallas

Preservation Dallas has served as an important preservation advocate and educational resource for Dallas and its neighborhoods for 45 years. Without continued support  and participation  of our members these efforts would not be possible. 
As a nonprofit entity, we rely heavily on membership dues to support our operations and programs throughout the year which our members enjoy. Over the past nine years, our membership rates have remained constant while we have continued to add free programming and services.  
Beginning Monday, April 3, 2017, you will notice a change in our membership structure. New and renewed memberships will be billed at the current levels through the end of March. As of Monday, April 3, the structure will change to the following:

Personal Membership Levels
Individual $75
Student (NEW!) $25
Urban Armadillos $50
Young Professionals (PDYP) $50
Sustainer - Double and Sustainer levels become one level $100
Contributor $250
Benefactor - Benefactor and Patron levels become one level $750
Steward $2,500

Preservation Partners
Nonproft/Community Partners $75
Corporate Partners $1,000

Renew your membership today to lock in the current rate before they change! 
For more details on the new levels, click here.
More realtors receive the Historic House Specialist designation

Fifteen North Texas Realtors® and four others received the Historic House Specialist designation on March 3, having completed a special certification course conducted by Preservation Dallas. The total number of Historic House Specialists in North Texas is now more than 975. These Realtors® have added special knowledge of historic neighborhoods, Dallas architectural styles and architects, and historic designation criteria to their professional skills.

Our next HHS course will be September 7-8.  Please contact Metrotex to register.
Advanced Historic House Specialist coming in April 

Hone the skills learned in the HHS course with this one day advanced class on April 20th. In this class, you will learn materials and methods of pre- and post-WWII housing in Dallas, historic preservation and economics, appraisals for historic properties, landscapes for historic properties, and will end the day at the Dallas Public Library with a hands on research workshop. Class is limited to 25 students. Registration includes a continental breakfast, lunch and a one-year individual membership to Preservation Dallas. Register through Metrotex or call 214-540-2751. 
The Dallas Municipal Archives now has a Friends Group!

The Dallas Municipal Archives, City Secretary's Office, is pleased to announce the formation of the Friends of the Dallas Municipal Archives. The nonprofit group is charged with creating greater awareness of the archives and its resources for local history, increasing educational opportunities through public programming and events, and encouraging the use of primary documents in secondary and higher education. A general membership meeting, to be announced, will be held to elect officers and engage individuals interested in advancing the archives' cause. Join their Facebook page and stay tuned for upcoming meetings and events. For more information about how you can help or to join their mailing list, please e-mail John Slate, City Archivist.
Corporate Partner Spotlight:
Bert Roofing Inc

Bert Roofing Inc. is a Dallas based roofing and storm damage restoration company.  Bert Roofing, formed in 1988, is the modern version of a family business that has been roofing in Dallas since the 1960s. The core area of the business has been old East Dallas, Lakewood and the Park Cities, but serves all areas of Dallas and Southern Collin Counties.

In addition to numerous historic homes in the core business area, Bert Roofing has completed multiple projects at Dallas Heritage Village and has even worked on the Caruth Farm on a restoration project for Ron Siebler.  Working in Conservation and Historic Districts is a common occurrence for them. Bert Roofing was awarded a 2016 "Golden Hammer Award" for Outstanding Residential Project on their Beverly Drive project which involved installing an "Inspire" Engineered Slate roof and GAF EverGuard TPO roof.

Caruth Homeplace curing shed project
Dallas Heritage Village project

Third generation family owns and manages the business.  A+ Rated by the Better Business Bureau, they are also members of the North Texas Roofing Contractor's Association, NARI, North and East Dallas Chamber of Commerce. They are a Certified and/or Preferred Contractors for CertainTeed, GAF and Owens Corning.
Services include all types of roof repairs and maintenance. Asphalt Composition and wood shingles are the primary products. Bert Roofing fills a unique niche in the low sloped market taking on many residential jobs too small for large commercial contractors and too complex for most residential roofers. For more information, call them at 214-321-9341 or visit

   Preservation Issues

Knights of Pythias - The building has been been added to the National Register of Historic Places having been approved for designation on February 21. This is great news for the building as it will now be eligible for historic rehabilitation tax credits. The developer for the building and the adjacent site wish to do a mixed use project with hotel, residences and retail. The Knights building will be used as part of the hotel. The National Register listing adds to the current City of Dallas Landmark status for the building which was approved in 1989. To read an article about the history of the building in Columns magazine click here.
    Director's Letter
    David Preziosi
Recently I attended Preservation Texas' annual Preservation Summit which was held in Waco this year. It was a great chance to see some of Waco as I'm usually buzzing by it on Interstate 35 on the way to and from Austin without time to stop and check out the city. It was also a good chance to catch up with other preservationists from around the state. 

The kickoff for the summit was held at the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas, which is an incredibly grand structure completed in 1949 and one of the largest Freemason lodges in the world. At the lodge the 2017 Preservation Texas Honor Awards were given out and the Statler was one of the recipients this year. Click here to see the other winners. 

In addition to the various sessions on adaptive reuse, historic districts, resource surveying and designation, historic cemetery preservation, and a bus tour of Waco, Preservation Texas also announced their new list of Texas' Most Endangered Historic Places. Fair Park was added to the list this year due to the deterioration of the buildings and the need for resources to address those issues.

The Summit closed out with a special showing of four short documentary films featuring preservation efforts across the state. One of the films featured was Restore, which highlighted work to the Old Municipal Building in Dallas as well as the restoration of the Sharrock Niblo Cabin. The film maker, Mark Birnbaum, received awards for the film last year from both Preservation Texas and Preservation Dallas. The other films included: Saving Magic 11th Street which documents the efforts to preserve two historic blocks in Garland along with relocating a 110 year old house to that neighborhood; Restoring Texas's Historic Courthouses and Restoring Texas's Historic Courthouses 2 were created to highlight the importance of the preservation of Texas Courthouses across the state. Click the film titles above to view any of them. 

Starting on the 22nd I will be out of the office until the 10th of April. I will be heading out on a trip halfway around the world to New Zealand, for which I am very excited. I will be joining my sister and her family for the trip and will be spending most of the time on the South Island with a few days on the North Island before returning home. I have heard that New Zealand is an amazing country and I can't wait to see the tremendous scenery firsthand along with learning more about the history and architecture of the islands. I will be sure to take some great photos to share when I return!
InTown Outing - Miller House
Tuesday | March 28 | 6 p.m. | 4717 Park Lane

Designed by O'Neil Ford and built in 1939 for interior designer Earle Hart Miller, this Texas Regionalism house is a historic Park Lane icon, and not to be missed!   Admission is free for members, $20 for non-members and reservations are required.  Please RSVP here .
John Neely Bryan: The Father of Dallas
Thursday | March 30 | 6-8 p.m. | Hall of State

Join us along with the Dallas Historical Society, Dallas Heritage Village, and the Old Red Museum of Dallas History & Culture for this special lecture and book signing event! with Steven R. Butler. Books will be available for purchase and to be signed by the author. Admission is free and for more information or to reserve a spot, click here.
2017 Spring Architectural Tour
Celebrate Downtown!
Saturday | May 6 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mark your calendars and spend the day like an urban dweller, setting out to discover some of Downtown Dallas' most iconic properties. Back by popular demand, Preservation Dallas is excited to announce our partnership with Downtown Dallas, Inc. to present  Celebrate Downtown! on Saturday, May 6. Stay tuned for more information.
Preservation Achievement Awards
Wednesday | May 31 | 6-8:30 p.m. | The Statler

Join us for the 2107 Preservation Achievement Awards to be held at The Statler! We are also extremely excited to have Stephanie Meeks, President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as our Keynote Speaker. In addition, we will be recognizing Downtown Dallas, Inc. as our Honoree this year for their incredible work promoting the revitalization of downtown. And this is all on top of the awards to be given to Dallas' best preservation projects and people of the past year! This event is so big we have decided to have a sit down dinner instead of a reception. To register for the event, click here. If you are interested in being a sponsor, click here.
Please Welcome Our New Members!
Corporate Partner


Jennifer & Richard Triptow


Kent Giles & Blake Warren


Richard Adams David Landrum
Lexa Gurmendi Joe Ross

Young Professionals

Melissa Machmeyer Brandon Houpt Ryan Roskey

Urban Armadillos

Irene Coe Chris Smithhart
Thank you to the following members for renewing!
Lea Bauman & Dan Shipley
Tammy McNary Karen Pierre
Nan Elizabeth Byorum
Dr. & Mrs. Edward Melmed Phyllis & Andy Prycer
Richard Cass & Collin Ice
Linda Mitchell Dave Spence
Derrick Birdsall & Kim Chapman
Laura Morrison Sharon Van Buskirk
Jan Krause-Leckie & Kenny Leckie
Deborah Packer Aurora & Ben Williams
Michael Lalonde
Sandra Parton
Cheryl Manning
Karen Pieroni
This newsletter is sent to all current and past members, and those who have signed up online.  To become a member or to renew or upgrade your membership, please click here!
Corporate Partners

Thank you for your support!
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