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Peak’s Suburban Addition in Old East Dallas is nestled conveniently between Deep Ellum and Lakewood. With over 500 homes, the neighborhood features architecture from the Queen Anne Victorian era, as well as Prairie, Craftsman, and modern or contemporary architecture styles. The diversity of homes, along with the diversity of the people, is what makes Peak’s Suburban Addition so unique and dynamic. (more…)

Farmers Market Loft

Lofts tend to feel big because of high ceilings, tall windows, and few interior walls dividing up the space. But today’s Thursday Three Hundred really IS a big space—2,296 square feet with polished concrete floors, exposed ductwork, and huge iron windows that hinge open.

Unit 208 at 2220 Canton St. is located near the downtown Dallas Farmers Market in the historic Olive & Myers Furniture Company Building, constructed in 1925. Now called 2220 Canton, the building was renovated for residential living in 1996 by Corgan & Associates (same folks who did the Adam Hats Lofts nearby in Deep Ellum).

Their beautiful work won a Building Design award from the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects. It is one of the few remaining examples of factory architecture in downtown Dallas and the property is now listed as a City of Dallas Landmark.

Farmers Market Loft

Not only does 2220 Canton offer an incredible location in the southwest part of downtown, check out that view from the rooftop pool deck above. Wow. Residents have access to a concierge during normal business hours, as well as a fitness center in the building and 1/3-mile walking track on the roof.

This unusual loft is newly listed by Holly Bock at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International for $390,350.

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Alamo Drafthouse is a likely tenant for the Lakewood Theater, but parking issues and rent price are sticking points. Photo: Mike Merrill

Alamo Drafthouse is a possible tenant for the historic Lakewood Theater in East Dallas, but parking issues and Alamo’s offered rent are proving problematic in negotiations. Photo: Mike Merrill

As we reported in January, the now-empty Lakewood Theater has an interested suitor, the Alamo Drafthouse, and negotiations are quite a ways along now.

Property co-owners Craig Kinney and Bill Willingham of Willingham-Rutledge talked to multiple restaurants and businesses that could fill the historic space in various incarnations, located at 1825 Abrams Pkwy. in East Dallas. It has stood empty since the last tenant’s lease ended at the end of January.

Things seemed most promising with Alamo Drafthouse, according to the Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate, but two issues are creating problems. And those issues could mean Lakewood Theater’s chances of staying a theater, and not getting broken up into multiple spaces, are at risk.

Built in 1938, Lakewood Theater is not protected by any official historic designation, and while the co-owners have verbalized their commitment to keeping the marquee intact, the interior is another story. If the Alamo Drafthouse doesn’t work out, “We have other options that may involve carving up the space. We just don’t know yet,” Kinney said back in November.  

But let’s get back to the current issues at hand.

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The Davis Building, aka Republic National Bank Building, in downtown has Dallas Historic Landmark Designation. 1926 this structure was the tallest in Dallas. In 1945, this structure was the largest office site in Dallas. Photo: Davis Building.

Downtown Dallas’ Davis Building, aka Republic National Bank Building, has Dallas Historic Landmark Designation. In 1926 this structure was the tallest in Dallas. In 1945, it was the largest office site in Dallas. Photo: Davis Building.

Dallas has a rich historic and architectural legacy, shown through buildings like the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff, DeGolyer House and Gardens in East Dallas, and the Eastside Warehouse District and State Thomas neighborhood in Uptown.

But just because a building or neighborhood plays an important part in the story of Dallas doesn’t mean it’s protected from big changes, up to and including demolishment.

Just last September, 1611 Main Street and neighboring buildings were razed as part of the Joule’s expansion plans. It was a beautiful Romanesque Revival built in 1885, one of downtown’s oldest structures. It sat next to the site of another Dallas landmark torn down by the Joule in 2012, the former Praetorian Building.

Lakewood Theater is another example of an unprotected structure—it may be beloved, but nothing stands between it and the wrecking ball besides the assurances of the owner that they won’t demolish as part of renovation plans.

That’s where historic designation comes into play and the efforts of Dallas preservationists to care for the future of the buildings and neighborhoods that have shaped what our city into what it is today.

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Photo courtesy A. Vandalay via Creative Commons

Photo courtesy A. Vandalay via Creative Commons

The lease for the current tenants of Lakewood Theater is over at the end of January, and it’s anybody’s guess what will happen to the beloved East Dallas landmark, but there are confirmed rumors of interest by Alamo Drafthouse.

As we reported last November with our story Lakewood Theater Makeover Concerns Preservationists, Neighbors, property co-owners Craig Kinney and Bill Willingham of Willingham-Rutledge have been talking to restaurants and businesses that could fill the space, located at 1825 Abrams Pkwy.

Two theater groups have expressed interest, and one of them is the Alamo Drafthouse, confirmed Kinney, who also co-owns surrounding properties in the southwest strip.

“We’ve talked to everybody,” Kinney told Dallas Morning News reporter Robert Wilonsky.  The situation remains, though, “Nobody’s committed. So I can’t tell you whether they’re interested or not.”

Wilonsky also talked to Alamo Drafthouse COO Bill DiGaetano, who wouldn’t confirm any plans on the record, but emphasized his company’s interest preserving in historic theaters.

“Alamo has a policy not to comment on real estate negotiations, whether real or fictional,” he told Wilonsky. “But we have a long history of preserving 35mm film and, as shown by our Ritz Theater in downtown Austin and the current restoration of the New Mission Theater in downtown San Francisco, we have a huge passion for preserving great classic movie houses. I personally love the Lakewood Theater and would love to see it stay a theater.”

DiGaetano also made a point of addressing what seems to be the biggest concern of neighbors and preservationists: the colorful tower. “If anything came to fruition, we wouldn’t touch the marquee or the tower.” Jump to read more!

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Photo by Jerry McClure/Dallas Morning News

Photo by Jerry McClure/Dallas Morning News

The Lakewood Theater has stood as a colorful and beloved East Dallas landmark in Lakewood Shopping Center since its 1938 opening. So recent news reported by Nancy Nichols at D Magazine that the theater, located at 1825 Abrams Parkway, will be getting new tenants and a new look next year has preservationists and neighbors concerned. This is because the theater has historic designation (in other words, protection from demolition) on neither a national nor local level.

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Alexander Mansion

Enjoy a French Fortnight at The Alexander Mansion from Dec. 5-8 with the Dallas Woman’s Forum. Tour this historic Dallas landmark and enjoy lunch while supporting the Dallas Woman’s Forum. Keep reading to find out how you can win tickets!

From our dear friend, Sharon Cooper, comes this announcement:

Once again the Dallas Woman’s Forum will open their stately home, The Alexander Mansion, for all to enjoy during the holidays. This year The Woman’s Forum goes to France!

A French Fortnight 6th Annual Holiday Celebration begins the festivities on December 5-8 from 11:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Drawing upon the idea of a lovely French girl who introduces her handsome American fiancé to her family on Christmas Eve, the 1904 Alexander Mansion will be transformed into the setting for this charming story as it might have transpired in the days before World War I. Tours will be given on the half-hour.

Upstairs, guests can browse unique offerings in the gift boutique. Lunch will be served daily in the Bistro Café and holiday goodies, perfect for gift giving, will be available in the Pastry Shop. Admission to the Tour and Boutique is $10 for adults; $5 for children under 12. Reservations for the Bistro Café are $15. Reservations can be made by calling 214-823-4533 or at www.alexandermansiondallas.com.

The Alexander Mansion is located at 4607 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75204.

“As one of the oldest residences in Dallas, The C.H. Alexander Mansion is a city treasure that is truly beautiful during the holidays,” said Virginia Cook, President of The Dallas Woman’s Forum. “We have special groups and families who return year after year. They have made tea at the Alexander Mansion a ‘must’ for their holiday celebration,” added Tearoom Founder and Chairman Suzanne Palmlund. Sheila Rice, Chairman of the Holiday Celebration summed up by saying, “The Alexander Mansion is a magical setting for creating special memories, and this is a wonderful holiday tradition for Dallas families and visitors.”

Want to enjoy a French Fortnight celebration at the Alexander Mansion for nothing at all? The first two CandysDirt.com readers to comment on this post will win tickets to tour the mansion. Comment below and send an email to jo@candysdirt.com to confirm your entry.

Stay tuned next week as we’ll have another giveaway from the Dallas Woman’s Forum!

Alexander Mansion

Enjoy a French Fortnight at The Alexander Mansion from Dec. 5-8 with the Dallas Woman’s Forum. Tour this historic Dallas landmark and enjoy lunch while supporting the Dallas Woman’s Forum. Keep reading to find out how you can win tickets!

From our dear friend, Sharon Cooper, comes this announcement:

Once again the Dallas Woman’s Forum will open their stately home, The Alexander Mansion, for all to enjoy during the holidays. This year The Woman’s Forum goes to France!

A French Fortnight 6th Annual Holiday Celebration begins the festivities on December 5-8 from 11:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Drawing upon the idea of a lovely French girl who introduces her handsome American fiancé to her family on Christmas Eve, the 1904 Alexander Mansion will be transformed into the setting for this charming story as it might have transpired in the days before World War I. Tours will be given on the half-hour.

Upstairs, guests can browse unique offerings in the gift boutique. Lunch will be served daily in the Bistro Café and holiday goodies, perfect for gift giving, will be available in the Pastry Shop. Admission to the Tour and Boutique is $10 for adults; $5 for children under 12. Reservations for the Bistro Café are $15. Reservations can be made by calling 214-823-4533 or at www.alexandermansiondallas.com.

The Alexander Mansion is located at 4607 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75204.

“As one of the oldest residences in Dallas, The C.H. Alexander Mansion is a city treasure that is truly beautiful during the holidays,” said Virginia Cook, President of The Dallas Woman’s Forum. “We have special groups and families who return year after year. They have made tea at the Alexander Mansion a ‘must’ for their holiday celebration,” added Tearoom Founder and Chairman Suzanne Palmlund. Sheila Rice, Chairman of the Holiday Celebration summed up by saying, “The Alexander Mansion is a magical setting for creating special memories, and this is a wonderful holiday tradition for Dallas families and visitors.”

Want to enjoy a French Fortnight celebration at the Alexander Mansion for nothing at all? The first two CandysDirt.com readers to comment on this post will win tickets to tour the mansion. Comment below and send an email to jo@candysdirt.com to confirm your entry.

Stay tuned next week as we’ll have another giveaway from the Dallas Woman’s Forum!