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For over 45 years Preservation Dallas has worked to advocate for historic places and educate people about the importance of those places. Your support will help us continue this important work and to further our mission.

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Photograph courtesy of the Lobelllo family
Charles Dilbeck In Dallas - Fall Architectural Tour
Saturday, October 27
Born in 1907, Charles Dilbeck worked at an early age in Tulsa creating and adapting plans for builders. His lumberyard architect experience directed him toward displays of rough and refined woods, and handcrafted details. Dilbeck took credit for designing the first Texas ranch house and while regional houses are typically attributed to David Williams and O’Neil Ford, Dilbeck was simultaneously designing these homes with fireplaces for screened in porches, hand carved mantles, hammered metal work, herringbone patterned plank ceilings, oversized fireplaces and floor plans to capture the southeastern breezes in the summer. Part of Dilbeck’s genius was to create equal volume regardless of the space… small rooms with soaring ceilings and large rooms with more traditional ceiling heights. 

Experience seven of Dilbeck’s most prolific homes with us on our annual Fall Architectural Tour. We have assembled a second to none team of Dilbeck aficionados for all tour facets including our narrators Willis Winters FAIA and Jann Patterson Mackey PhD. Willis and Jann will be discussing Dilbeck’s life and work throughout the region, and on the national stage. This entire day will be filled with quirk, romance and eccentricity, and you do not want to miss it!
Photograph by Carolyn Brown
Future Management of Fair Park
Meeting is Tonight
September 20
6 - 7:30 p.m.
O'Hara Room, Seventh Floor
Dallas Central library

Preservation Dallas in partnership with the Greater Dallas Planning Council and AIA Dallas will hold a special meeting for members with representatives from the Fair Park First board tonight.

Fair Park First Board representatives will present an overview of their future role in the management of Fair Park and answer questions. If you have a question for the board, please include it when completing your registration for the meeting. 
Our Advanced Historic House Specialist Seminar is next month!
Have you taken the Historic House Specialist and are you ready for the Advanced class? October 11 will be your next chance to take the Advanced Historic House Specialist class. The class is one-day and covers: materials and methods of Pre- and Post-WWII housing in Dallas, the economics involved in historic preservation, appraising and evaluating historic properties, historic landscapes, and how to do advanced research of a historic building on site at the Dallas Public Library.
The workshop is $115 and includes lunch. Realtors will receive 6 hours MCE credit.  Register online with MetroTex Association of REALTORS, or at 214-540-2751.
Join archivists, museum curators, librarians, and history professionals from across the DFW area at the Dallas Heritage Village on Sunday, October 14, 2018, from 1 to 5pm for the free DFW Archives Bazaar. Professionals from institutions like UNT, SMU, UT-Dallas, Fort Worth and Dallas Public Libraries, Dallas Holocaust Museum, The Amon Carter Museum, and the Sixth Floor Museum (to name a few) will be on hand to share their knowledge and help preserve your history.

What you can see/do/learn at the bazaar:

Let the professionals show you the cool items
that they have.
Learn how to preserve and digitize
your family history.
Learn how to interview your own family
about their history.
Learn how to conduct your own research.
Preservation Issues
Fair Park Management Contract - The City Council received a briefing Tuesday regarding the proposed management agreement with Fair Park First for the management of Fair Park. The briefing included a resolution that the Park and Recreation Board passed earlier this month supporting the contract with several proposed amendments. The contract will be taken under consideration by the City Council who will most likely vote on the contract in October.

To view the briefing presentation given by city staff click here.

Historic Designation and Appeal Process - The Landmark Commission voted this month to support the recommendations from the Historic Designation and Appeals Committee on changes to the designation and appeal process. Click here to view the presentation city staff gave to the Landmark meeting on the changes. With the Landmark Commission's support the proposed changes will now go off to City Council committees for review before going to the full City Council for a vote.

DART D2 - Last week DART held meetings to update the public on the planning progress for the new D2 subway line through downtown Dallas. They focused on the schedule, Preliminary Engineering (PE) – Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and Urban Design. There were also display boards at the meetings with maps and graphics relating to the components of the proposed design.

To view the presentation from the meeting click here.

To view the display boards from the meeting click here.
Director's Letter
David Preziosi
This month I celebrated six years with Preservation Dallas. And it has been a rollercoaster ride all the way! After being away from Texas for 16 years, I was happy to get the chance to return when I was offered the position with Preservation Dallas. It was also a chance to broaden my skill set and take on new challenges I didn’t have to face with my work in Mississippi.

One of the biggest challenges I have had in Dallas is the intense development pressure. I like to say the difference between working in Mississippi and Dallas is that in Mississippi there was no money to save historic buildings and in Dallas there is too much money to knock them down and build something new. Another challenge is having to be involved much deeper in local politics. I worked all over the state when I was in Mississippi with communities of all sizes but was never able to spend much time in each. I couldn't get as involved in specific issues as I can here tracking them from start to finish. Part of that here involves attending numerous City Council meetings to speak on issues and wait for outcomes as they are deliberated.

During my time working in Dallas I have to come to learn that there are a great many who care very deeply about the future of the city and the preservation of our historic places. That includes property owners, developers, contractors, architects, and the general public. Passion is definitely out there and I have been lucky to be on the front lines with many of you fighting for our historic places. Unfortunately, we don’t always win the battle but we try hard and go down fighting, and then pick ourselves up for the next battle. The historic preservation field is definitely not for the faint of heart, especially on the nonprofit side. The work is constant, challenges are never ending, meetings are numerous, and the extreme hours can all wear you down. In the nonprofit field there is always more work and issues to tackle then there is time, staff, or resources. I’m glad though that there are so many people willing to help out in Dallas from our wonderful members like you, the Board of Trustees and those that serve on our many committees. We couldn’t have accomplished what we have without that help.

In the time I have spent at Preservation Dallas the organization has grown and tackled many difficult issues facing preservation in this rapidly developing and changing city. I greatly appreciate the support of so many as we have taken on the tough issues in an effort to make Dallas a better place by saving and protecting the historic places that are important to our past and our future. It would be nice if there were less challenges to work on, but I know that in the unpredictable world of historic preservation the next threat to our historic places is always around the corner.
Q & A with the Fair Park First Board
TONIGHT Thursday, September 20, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Preservation Dallas in partnership with the Greater Dallas Planning Council and AIA Dallas will hold a special meeting for members with representatives from the Fair Park First board. Board representatives will present an overview of their future role in the management of Fair Park and answer questions. If you have a question for the board, please include it when completing your registration for the meeting. 
Urban Armadillos Happy Hour
Wednesday, September 26, 5 p.m.

Join the Urban Armadillos for a Happy Hour at Serendipity Labs on the 17th floor of HALL Arts in the Dallas Arts District. Explore the new upscale co-working space with terrific views of downtown Dallas.

Event sponsored by:
Serendipity Labs +  WPS + Teknion +  K2 Construction
InTown Outing - Old Dallas Public Library
Thursday, Septem ber 27, 6 p.m.

 Join us with our Belo Corporation hosts Robert Dechard and Katy Murray as we explore the George Dahl designed Dallas Public Library, now headquarters for the Dallas Morning News. Built in 1954 to accommodate 220,000 books, the library outgrew itself and was closed in 1983. Recently readapted alongside the Statler project, the new Dallas Morning News operations center received a 2018 Preservation Achievement Award. Reservations are required.
PDYP Happy Hour - Texas Theater & Top Ten Records
Tuesday, October 2, 6 p.m.

 Join us for some great Dallas history while we check out the iconic Texas Theater and receive a walking tour of Jefferson Boulevard, on the way to the historic Top Ten Records store. This event will be jam-packed with great stories, fun facts and amazing venues.

Open to all PDYP members and non-members. You can also sign up as a member at this event and just "pay your age" for the first year of membership!
Please Welcome our New Members!
David Collier & Greg O'Neal
Justin Guest
David Haggard
Brian Parker & Jeff Andress

Rhonda Aghamalian
James Carmichael
Michael Judd
Katherine Koenig
Kelly Nyfeler

Young Professionals (PDYP)
John Murray
Mia Ovcina
Felicia Santiago
Janna Schulze
Jaynie Schultz
Kelly Sutton
Elizabeth Trecartin
Jim Vaughn

Urban Armadillos
Nicole Harris
Thank you to the following members for renewing!
Vanessa Baker
NIcky Emery
Elizabeth Gallagher
Elizabeth Jones
Victor Kralisz
Andrea Madison
Deborah Michel
Elyn Mulder
Weldon Nash
Leigh Richter
Matt Rocha
Wayne Ruhter
Jane Sadek
Joan Walne
Karen Wilson-Smith
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