Eagle Ford

Photos: Courtesy Preservation Dallas

When we come across a preservation success story like the Eagle Ford School, we take heart that Dallas is regaining its historic soul. There’s honestly not enough champagne to drown our sorrows over the homes and buildings we’ve seen recklessly torn down.

But, today we are celebrating the imminent granting of landmark status to the Eagle Ford School. So, we are going to regale you with some tales that include Model Ts, a legendary train robber, and the notorious criminals Bonnie and Clyde.

Eagle Ford

The Eagle Ford School was in a dramatic state of disrepair.

There is much that is historically significant about this little schoolhouse built in 1923 atop Chalk Hill Road in West Dallas. To give you an idea, the application for landmark status is 28 pages long. It was written by preservationist architect Marcel Quimby who summarized the importance of the school beautifully:

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neighborhoods

This railroad section house in the Dallas Heritage Village is home to an exhibit by the Dallas Mexican American Historical League, as railroad work attracted many workers of Tejano or Mexican heritage. The exhibit is part of “Neighborhoods We Called Home” — a unique collaboration. (Photos courtesy Dallas Heritage Village).

A new Dallas Heritage Village is hosting a collaborative look at the historic neighborhoods that supported the African American, Hispanic, and Jewish communities in Dallas.

The Dallas Jewish Historical Society, the Dallas Mexican American Historical League, and Remembering Black Dallas Inc. worked together to provide a look at the “Neighborhoods We Called Home,” delving as far back as early 1900s Dallas.

Each organization has curated oral histories, family memorabilia, art, fashions, and artifacts from their communities, and those collections are installed in corresponding structures at the village. Volunteers from each organization will also be on hand to act as docents for their exhibits. (more…)