How many Dilbeck homes can you see in one day?
Charles Dilbeck In Dallas Tour
Is Next Saturday, the 27th!
The Charles Dilbeck In Dallas tour is right around the corner on October 27th! In addition to the forecasted return of beautiful sunny weather in which to tour an incredible line up of Dilbeck designed homes , the day will begin with a discussion of Dilbeck's work presented by historians Jann Patterson Mackey, PhD and Willis Winters, FAIA. These two leading Dilbeck aficionados have assembled an incredible presentation on Dilbeck’s life from his beginnings in Oklahoma, to his quirky Dallas designs, to his alignment with other national and international 1930s, 40s and 50s architects. Jann teaches a Dilbeck class at SMU and Willis is authoring a book on Dilbeck’s complete works, and you cannot pack more knowledge into a discussion… enough more so when that symposium is followed by a tour of Dilbeck’s private residences. Join us for this not to miss tour of Dilbeck's work and some of his most special homes!
Courtesy © Scott Frances/OTTO
Cocktails For Preservation
Bellinis and Bites at the Beck House
Saturday, November 10
Join us at the incredible landmark Beck House for an unforgettable tour of Philip Johnson's masterpiece as you have never seen it before. On Saturday, November 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dallas Morning News architecture critic and author, Mark Lamster, will lead guests through the iconic 1964 Johnson designed house, the meticulously landscaped grounds and across the unique footbridge over the Bachman Branch Creek to the pool house for amazing views of the Beck House. Guests will enjoy the tour with delicious bites, Bellinis and other beverages. Guests will also receive a signed copy of Mark's just released book on Philip Johnson, The Man in the Glass House. Do not miss out on the chance to attend this incredible tour and register now! Reservations are limited.
Oak Lawn Neighborhood Receives a
Texas Historical Marker
At the corner of Cedar Springs and Throckmorton Street a new Texas Historical Marker has gone up telling the story of the LGBTQ community in Dallas. It is the first of its kind in the state and was the idea of Dwayne Jones, former Executive Director of Preservation Dallas. He approached Mark Doty, Robert Emery, and Sam Childers to research and prepare the narrative for the marker application, which was approved by the Texas Historical Commission. To read an article in The Dallas Morning News with more information about the marker story and the marker text, click here.
Photo courtesy Sam Childers
Droese Raney Architecture
Corporate Partner Profile
Droese Raney Architecture, Inc. (DRA) is a full-service architecture firm, specializing in the design of commercial, hospitality and specialized retail projects around the country. Formed in 1998, principals and designers David Droese, AIA and Lance Raney bring over 50+ years of well-honed experience and an individualized approach to each client relationship. Working together and addressing the needs of each project while developing creative, innovative design concepts has become the firm’s signature. With a client roster including prestigious brands and projects such as Forty Five Ten, The Warehouse for Howard Rachofsky, Lucchese and CFDA-designer and award-winner Billy Reid to name just a few, the DRA team is a creative force.

DRA has been featured in numerous publications including Texas Architect, New York Magazine, WWD, VM+SD, DNR, Open: The World’s Best New Fashion Stores, D Magazine (2003 Dallas Style Gurus to Watch) and numerous other shelter publications. In 2014, the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce presented the firm with its Visionary Developer Award.

Currently, DRA is managing one of our favorite Dallas projects, the resurrection of the Lobello House. A 2016 blaze spread throughout the 9,000 square foot house and burned it to the ground. The homeowners and DRA located the original Dilbeck blueprints, and the team is rebuilding the house to original 1962 specifications. Read more about the passionate story here and explore progress at the Dilbeck designed house on our October 27th tour.
Photographs by Maplehill Residential
Goodbye Dallas, Hello Toronto
Donovan Westover
After 15 years with Preservation Dallas, it is with heavy heart I share news that I am moving to Toronto. Yes, the city in Canada. My partner Greg, who many of you know, has been promoted and will be running the Saks Fifth Avenue store in The City of Languages. As bittersweet as leaving Dallas may be, we both recognize how blessed we are with this opportunity. I will be joining Greg with Spot and Tang (ruff ruff, meow meow) in the spring. Toronto is gorgeous, the Saks store is preservation perfect and true mass transit means cars are for weekends only. So many dreams coming true thanks to the support of each other as well as our family, friends and colleagues, many of whom we met through Preservation Dallas. I will miss my work family, David, Irene and Linda, and hope to say good bye to everybody in the coming months at our events, and at the Wilson House. I am, of course, looking into historic preservation careers in Toronto and hope to continue doing what I love best. Probably going to learn another language too!
Preservation Issues
DISD Long Range Plan to Call for Demolition of 47 Schools - DISD is working on a Long-Range Facilities Master Plan for the school district which will include the closing, consolidation or replacement of existing schools across the district. This is in an effort to make schools more efficient and reduce the average age of schools in DISD from 51.7 years to 41.6 years to get below the national average of 44 years for schools. To achieve this 47 schools are to be demolished with 25 replacement schools to be built. The majority of the schools proposed for demolition are over 50 years old, the national benchmark to be considered historic. To do this would require a $2 billion bond which would need to be passed by voters in 2021 or 2022. Currently DISD is holding community meetings at the schools targeted for demolition or replacement. To find out more about the plan click here. To view a PowerPoint with the listing of the schools for demolition click here. Preservation Dallas is currently reviewing the list of schools proposed for demolition and cross referencing them with the schools that Education Committee has been working on researching to find out their historic and architectural significance.

Historic Designation and Appeal Process - The recommendations from the Historic Designation and Appeals Committee on changes to the designation and appeal process will go to two council committee meetings for hearings on Monday, October 22. The Quality of Life, Arts & Culture Committee will hold a hearing at 9 a.m. and the Mobility Solutions, Infrastructure & Sustainability Committee will hold a hearing at 2 p.m. Both committees will receive a presentation by City staff on the proposed changes and discuss any changes they may want to recommend. The hearings will be in the City Council Briefing Room - 6ES of City Hall. Click here to view the presentation city staff gave to the Landmark Commission meeting last month on the proposed changes.
Director's Letter
David Preziosi
Now that its fall, a very wet one at that, it's tour season! It seems that every group is having a tour from neighborhoods to large organizations from now through the holiday season. This weekend Heritage Oak Cliff and AIA Dallas will be holding their home tours as well as Junius Heights on November 4 and Winnetka Heights on December 8. Of course next weekend will be our tour of amazing Dilbeck homes in Dallas along with the very special Dealey House in Westlake (pictured at the top of the newsletter), which is not to be missed as it is an incredible story on how it was moved in ten pieces to save it and stitched back together into a wonderful 9,000 square foot estate. One of the differences with our tour is that it is limited in size and has an educational component with our symposium to kick off the tour. This year the symposium is extra special with Willis Winters, FAIA and Jann Patterson Mackey, PhD talking about Dilbeck's work. Both are incredible historians and they will put Dilbeck's amazing career from Tulsa to Dallas in perspective. Willis is also working on a new book on Dilbeck and has researched countless numbers of Dilbeck's designs from his early Tudors to the ubiquitous Dilbeck Ranch style.

Another amazing tour we will be hosting is the Beck House as part of our Cocktails for Preservation series. It was designed by the incredible and nationally known architect Philip Johnson. His other works in Dallas include Thanks-Giving Square, Comerica Building, the Crescent and the JFK Memorial. The Beck House, with its New Formalism style, is incredible to experience in person and will be all that more special with Mark Lamster talking about Johnson's design. As a bonus attendees will receive the hot off the press new book on Philip Johnson penned by Mark Lamster. Plus we will have some great bites and drinks while exploring the house and grounds!

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who supported Preservation Dallas during North Texas Giving Day 2018! There were over 2,700 nonprofits to choose from this year with over $48 million raised for North Texas nonprofits, which is an increase of $9 million from 2017. We had 62 wonderful gifts this year putting us just shy of $8,000. We greatly appreciate the following who gave to help us with our work: Sarah and Brandon Allen, John and Irene Allender, Vanessa Baker, Alice Baltierra, Chris Bell, Beth Bentley, Greg Brown, John and Jan Brown, Dena Carvel and Elaine Stiegler, Leslie and Jeff Clay, Bess Dickson, Richard and Jan Doherty, Leslie Donovan, Dr. Adrianne Duvall, Nicky Emery, Susan and Warren Ernst, Chas Fitzgerald, Abe Fox and Misty Burnett, Victoria and Charles Clow, Joanna and John Hampton, Michael V. Hazel, RuLan Hebeler, Philip C. Henderson, Sydney Herndon, Daniel Huerta, Linda Mitchell, Brian Keith and Koko Nomura, Margaret Keliher, Robert Kucharski, Debbie LaBarba, Yolanda Lawson, Jann Mackey, Andrea Madison, Virginia Savage McAlester, Nancy McCoy, Patrick McIntyre, Edward and Sandra Melmed, Dave Millheiser, Kelly Mitchell, Brady Moore, John and Lisa Moreno, LG Moser, Laura L Noe, Fred and Ashley Pena, Pauline Peters, Scott Potter and Cris Jordan, Al and Joyce Preisser, Alicia Quintans, Paul and Leigh Richter, Paul E. Ridley, Lisa Ricci Rofsky, Douglas Sharp, Diane Sherman, Jamie Slagel, Kim Stanley, Daron Tapscott, Janet Tharp, Sean Todd, Julie M Travis, Claudia Worme, and Karen and Red Dog Young. 
InTown Outing: 5028 Milam
Tuesday, October 30, 6 pm
In preparation for our Fall Tour featuring Charles Dilbeck, we are excited to explore this Dilbeck designed house in the Cochran Heights neighborhood. An almost identical twin to the Milam home featured on the tour, this home built in 1936, is under restoration by a current Preservation Dallas board member who won a 2015 Preservation Achievement Award winner for her work on another Dilbeck home one block down the street. Join us for this special pre-renovation treat!
Reservations are required and admission is free for members and $20 for non-members. 
Street parking is available, but please take notice of areas that are zoned residential permit only.
Please Welcome our New Members!
Corporate Partner
Ami Cooper
Arnold Mozisek
Anthony Waters
Brian Wilson

Young Professionals (PDYP)
Madelyn Machac
Thank you to the following members for renewing!
Randall Case
Leslie & Jill Donovan
Margaret Gavin
Wanda Hooten
Michael Land
Elaine MacIntire
Andrew Shell
Stacey Soper
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