Check out the 2021 Project Award Winners!
2021 Preservation Achievement Award
Winning Projects Announced!
Nominations received for the 2021 Preservation Achievement Awards were deliberated this month by the jury and we are proud to announce the award winners for this year! These noteworthy projects were selected for the outstanding efforts to preserve the historic character of the places while updating them for modern use.
Congratulations are in order for the following 2021 award winning projects: 5307 Worth, 5706 Monticello Avenue, Fair Park Dallas Aquarium, First Untied Methodist Church, Hall of State, Katy Trail Ice House MKT Caboose, Meadows Building. Oso Climbing Gym. The Pittman Hotel, The National, Tietze Neighborhood Family Aquatic Center, The Webb/Crownover Cabin, and the Warren Ferris Cemetery.
This year’s awards will include a special tribute to Todd Interests for the incredible preservation projects they have undertaken in Dallas including the 400 North Ervay (the old post office), redevelopment of the East Quarter historic buildings, and the largest preservation project in the State of Texas with The National.
The special recognition awards will be announced next month. The Preservation Achievement Awards ceremony this year will once again be virtual and is planned for early June with the date to be announced soon.
Photo courtesy Gensler
Hall of State: Restoring the Showpiece of Fair Park
Tuesday, March 30 - 6 p.m.
Join Preservation Dallas, AD EX, Dallas Historical Society, the Dallas Architecture Forum and Preservation Houston for a special virtual program which will explore the restoration of the magnificent Hall of State at Fair Park. 
The Hall of State was built as the showpiece of the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition and remains one of the outstanding examples of Art Deco design in the United States. Its blend of modern architecture, murals, sculpture and decoration led architecture critic David Dillon to call the structure “one of the finest, and last, artisan-architect collaborations in the country.” A $14.4 million restoration completed in late 2020 returned the Hall of State to its 1930s glory, repairing and uncovering damaged and long-hidden elements of the building.
In this program, Dale Sellers from Phoenix 1 Restoration and Construction, Marcel Quimby from Quimby Preservation Studio (formerly with Gensler) and Veletta Lill with the Dallas Historical Society will discuss the painstaking work that went into the restoration, including disassembling and cleaning elaborate metal doors, restoring detailed plasterwork and refinishing the iconic “Tejas Warrior” sculpture at the building’s main entrance. The speakers will be accompanied by a video showing the restoration work in progress and the spectacular finished product. An update on damage the Hall of State sustained in last month’s winter storm and a Q&A with the speakers will follow the presentation.

Registration is free for members of Preservation Dallas, AD EX, the Dallas Architecture Forum, the Dallas Historical Society, and Preservation Houston. Registration for non-members is $10.
Dallas Historical Society Storm Relief Fund
As you know from the last newsletter, the Hall of State suffered extensive damage from the broken fire suppression system during the February winter storm. Also damaged were some of the materials in the Dallas Historical Society collection stored in the building. While the collection only received minor damage, the conservation costs for those, of course, were not anticipated. To help fund the conservation of the materials so they are not lost, a fund ha been set up to go towards the storm damage relief. Click the button below to give to the fund.
Membership changes are coming to Preservation Dallas
Preservation Dallas has served as an important preservation advocate and educational resource for Dallas and its surrounding neighborhoods for almost 50 years. Your continued support and participation greatly helps with our work to fight for the historic places of Dallas. Without that, those efforts would not be possible.
As a not for profit entity, we rely heavily on membership dues to support our programs, advocacy, and operations throughout the year. Over the past five years, our membership rates have remained constant while we have continued to advocate for historic preservation across the city.
In early 2021, the Preservation Dallas board voted to adopt changes to our membership levels. These changes support our mission to engage with a broad and diverse community. We welcome you to join us or renew at any level and invite you to participate in the many Preservation Dallas programs throughout the year.
Beginning Monday, April 5, 2021, the new membership levels will take effect and you will notice a change in your membership level name and possibly the amount when your renewal comes due. New and renewed memberships will be billed at the current levels throughout March and you can renew your membership early to lock in at your current membership level rate for another year. In addition to a change in the amount of some levels, the names of our levels will get a new look along with added benefits.
As of Monday, April 5, the membership levels will change to the following:

PRESERVATIONIST I (formerly Individual)
PRESERVATIONIST II (formerly Sustainer)
PROTECTOR (formerly Contributor)
CONSERVATOR (formerly Benefactor)
LEGACY (new)

Does your company match charitable donations? Talk to your human resources department to find out how - your company may be willing to match your donation or be interested to join us as a Corporate Partner.
Please don't hesitate to contact us at Preservation Dallas to discuss membership options. You can reach us at 214-821-3290 or by email.
Update on the Virginia Savage McAlester Tribute
The Tribute to Virginia Savage McAlester received a boost this month from the Harvard Club of Dallas which raised $3,000 for the Tribute. Virginia received a BA from Harvard University and completed her first-year curriculum of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, After returning to Dallas she as instrumental in the Club's development and was the first woman President of the Harvard Club of Dallas serving from 1987-88. The money from the Club was raised through the generosity of: Mary & Neil Anderson, Brian Buffington, Theresa Chung, Almastella Ekong, Will Hartnett, Jeff Helfrich, Russell Herman, Dulany Howland, Margo Keyes, Douglass List, Gil Marmol, Brian McManus, Clifford Miercort, Patricia O'Meara, Rebecca Posten, David Roosevelt, Shikha Sethi, Chidu Sulur, Laura Trubey and Matthew Zehner, as well as two anonymous donors.

The Virginia Savage McAlester Tribute includes an art sculpture to be installed in the garden of the Aldredge House located in the Swiss Avenue Historic District and future Preservation Dallas sponsored educational programming for historic neighborhoods and preservation planning. Currently, fifty percent (50%) of funds have been raised to complete the Tribute sculpture and the Aldredge House Board is working with Tribute organizers to get the placement approved. The sculpture is about forty percent (40%) complete by artist Kat Warwick and we look forward to a dedication ceremony in early Fall.
Preservation Dallas’ President, John Brown, gets a carving lesson on the Italian marble from artist Kat Warwick. The marble will make up the top half of the Tribute sculpture in honor of Virginia Savage McAlester. 
A special thank you to the following contributors
to date to the Virginia Savage McAlester Tribute Fund
Clementine Adams & Virginia Adams
Ellen Amirkhan/Oriental Rug Cleaning Company
Ann Bagley
Caroline Giles Banks
Debra Barrios
Suzanne Bartolucci
Zaida Basora
Beth & Rick Bentley
Bernbaum/Magadini Architects
Sandy Brothers & Mike Holub
John Brown
Roger L. Carroll
Karen Casey
Cal & Clare Buie Chaney
Jane Chapman
Scott Chase
Steve Clicque
Gary C. Coffman
Philip & Melissa Crew
Kyle Crews
Bess Dickson
Angela Downes
Harryette Ehrhardt
Jean, Nate & Daniel Eudaly
Chaitan & Courtney Fahnestock
Ross & Lois Finkelman
Friends of the Aldredge House
Wilson & Betty Fuqua
Monty Garretson
Ann Gaspari
Peggy Lubben Gould
Erin Granberry
Mike & Debbie Gray
Suzi & Jack Greenman
Mary & Clifford Grum
Elizabeth Gunby
Lynn Hamilton
Jason & Alisha Harper
Harvard Club of Dallas
RuLan Hebeler
Martha Heimberg
Katy Ehrhardt Henderson
Philip C. Henderson
Barry Henry
LaRue Howell Henry
Katherine Homan
Kaki Hopkins
Daniel Huerta & Steven Park
Carl Hunermund & Kara Murphy
Debora Hunter
Alfredo & Margaret Jimenez
Teresa Musgrove Judd
Paula Lambert
Gary Lawler
Ann Addyman Lawrence
Veletta Forsythe Lill
Julie Lowenberg
Susie Lowry
Elizabeth Mast
Arch C. McColl, III
Nancy T. McCoy
Linda McFarland
Judy McMillen
Josephine Mitchell
Linda Mitchell
Carol D. Morse
John & Anne Mullen
Mary & Weldon Nash
Laura Noe
Mike Northrup
Marcel Quimby
Alicia Quintans
Dan Patterson
Ann Piper
Melissa Prycer
Terri Raith
Skikha & Ganesh Raj
Ralph M. Randall
Linda Rayes
Carol Roark
Debby & Kevin Rogers
Lorie & Keith Routh
Janice Salmon Interiors LLC
Mrs. William Seale
Belinda Senevey & Adele Malpert
Rene R. Schmidt
Cynthia Scofield
Scovell Family Foundation
Diane & John Scovell
Nancy Shelton
SHM Architects
Danelle Smith
Gary Smith
Suzanne Naomi Smith
Linda Solomon
Susanne Starling
Mary K. Suhm
Summerlee Foundation
Amy Talkington & Robbie Adams
CM "Carty" Talkington
Olive Talley
Halden Tally
Julie Travis
Molly Van Ort
Eloise Vellucci
Fen & Sharman Vesecky
Lynn Vogt
Liz Wally
Joan & Alan Walne
Mike Warren
Evy Kay Washburne
Chad West for Dallas
Marsue & Bill Williams
Shirley Whitfield
Willis & Jan Winters
Has your online research hit a brick wall?
Have you done all the research you can online and now need to access information housed at the library but the physical building is closed? The Dallas History & Archives Division, located the seventh floor of the main branch of the Dallas Public Library, offers virtual research at this time. Email them with the information on what you are researching and they will look up information for you!
Landmark Commission – The Landmark Commission meeting for March and the next one will be on April 2. The Landmark Commission Task forces are to resume virtually along with the Landmark Designation Committee.

Texas Legislative Session - Preservation Texas has been coordinating the review of the many bills that have been introduced that could impact historic preservation in Texas, good or bad. Preservation Dallas is part of a roundtable meeting every couple of weeks to discuss bills introduced and tracking them to committees and hearings. Preservation Dallas members will be notified when support or opposition will be needed for certain bills.

Ad-Hoc Vision Implementation Committee – The committee held two meetings this month focusing on changes in the review process for Certificates of Appropriateness and additional items to be included in administrative review approvals. The next meeting will be April 8 from 1:00 to 2:30. The Office of Historic Preservation will be sending out the agenda with the login information. If you would like to get information on the next meeting please email Elaine Hill at the City.
Director's Letter
David Preziosi, FAICP
It was just about a year ago that we all went into lock down due to COVID and what a year it has been for all of us! This pandemic has challenged all of us and shifted the way we interact, or not, with family, friends and people around us. Some of us have gotten COVID or know of friends or family who have gotten it. And many of us have had friends or family who have sadly passed from the virus. The past year has been very stressful and sad for all of us across the globe.
Last spring, we didn’t know what to expect with the pandemic or how long it would last. At that time many of us thought it would be gone quickly and that we would not still be dealing with the pandemic a year later, and yet here we are. At least there is a light at the end of the tunnel now as more and more people get vaccinated.
Pretty much every nonprofit across the country suffered from a decline in revenue due to COVID, with Preservation Dallas no exception. The life blood of most nonprofits are fundraising events and with not being able to gather in groups that pretty much cuts out that income. With the uncertainty for many as far as jobs and their own personal finances, memberships to nonprofits also dropped off including us. At Preservation Dallas, fundraising events and membership make up the majority of our income putting us in a precarious financial position. 
With a lot of hard work and adapting to our new circumstances, Preservation Dallas has thankfully been able to weather the pandemic. All things considered, we have beaten the odds thanks to several items and actions. The National Giving Day in May and North Texas Giving Day in September both did well surpassing our goals. The Preservation Dallas board also approved the emergency transfer of some money out of our endowment fund last May to help with cash flow. Since then our investments have increased making up for what was taken out. We were also lucky enough to receive emergency operating grants from Humanities Texas through the Cares Act and from The Summerlee Foundation. In addition, Preservation Dallas received both rounds of PPP loans, which have been extremely helpful. With all of that, membership renewals picking up last summer, better than expected 2020 Preservation Achievement Awards, reduction of expenses, and a lot of hard work by the board and staff we have been able to stay fiscally sound.
This fiscal year we started out with a board adopted $63,000 budget deficit and I’m proud to say that nine months into this fiscal year we have erased that deficit through many of the items above. However, we still have much work to do in the last three months of this fiscal year to make sure income comes in as budgeted. Of course we would not be where we are today without all of you who have supported Preservation Dallas over the past year! A big thanks to all of you for your generosity and helping to keep Preservation Dallas going!!
As far as events, we are hoping to get back to in person events once more people get vaccinated and are comfortable being in groups again. The board made the decision this month to do the Preservation Achievement Awards virtually one more time to help with planning for the event and to make sure it falls in this fiscal year. We have been doing some virtual programs throughout the past year and had a successful Summer Sizzlers series along with moving our HHS classes online. This week we have an incredible virtual program on the restoration of the Hall of State, which will be fascinating and something you won’t want to miss! We are also working on a virtual tour of the new Pittman Hotel for next month. Virtual programming takes up a lot more time with planning and execution than our typical in person events, thus the reduction from our number of pre-COVID programs we used to do.
It has certainly has been a year of struggles for all of us and we greatly appreciate your continued support of Preservation Dallas. It has really been helpful as our work has not slowed down one bit and has been keeping us tremendously busy. Hang in there everyone as we hope to be back soon to being able to show everyone first hand, and not through a computer screen, the wonderful preservation projects happening around Dallas!
PDYP Fair Park Scavenger Hunt
April 10th & 11th
Looking for a fun socially distance activity now that the weather has turned pleasant? Join our PDYP crew on an historical scavenger hunt at Fair Park. Teams are encouraged on this self-guided hunt around Fair Park. Attendees will receive an email with clues on April 9th.
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Preservation Dallas participates in the Kroger Community Rewards program. Enroll your Kroger Plus card with Preservation Dallas as the benefactor. Our number is TX617. Enroll your card here!
Please Welcome our New Members!
Community Partner
Womble & Associates

Erin Dempsey
Edward J. Maestri
Thank you to the following members for renewing!
Elizabeth Hunt Blanc
Kristin Cantrell
Cindy Ford
Ellie Hajek
Carl Hunermund & Kara Murphy
Teresa & Mike Judd
James W. Kerr
Tammy McNary
Travis-Lee Moore
Janna Schulze
This newsletter is sent to all current and past members, and those interested in preservation in Dallas. To become a member or to renew or upgrade your membership, please click here:
Legacy Corporate Partner
Corporate Partners
Joe M & Doris R Dealey Family Foundation
Funding has been provided to Preservation Dallas from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by Preservation Dallas does not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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