Historical Preservation

Neighborhood Spotlight: Old East Dallas Has History and Charm

By Cherry Kelln / March 14, 2017 / 0 Comments

Even being a long-time Dallas resident, you might not be familiar with the official lines of Old East Dallas, unless perhaps looking at homes in the area. Looking at the neighborhood’s past is like a fascinating history lesson! Four adjacent, amazing historic neighborhoods are all part of Old East Dallas:  Swiss Avenue Historic District, Peak’s Suburban Addition, Munger […]

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Swiss Avenue Historic District ‘Blazed a Trail’ for Future Dallas Preservation Efforts

By Leah Shafer / April 21, 2015 / 0 Comments

In the late 1960s and 1970s, the preservation climate in Dallas was almost nonexistent. Historic buildings were routinely razed on a whim and the city lost quite a few prominent structures, like the Commonwealth National Bank in 1969, the Melba Theater around 1971, the Southland Hotel in 1971, and the Hotel Jefferson in 1975. The Swiss Avenue area, now one […]

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On Midland Dirt: Future of Odessa’s Ector Theatre Uncertain as City Reviews Development Plans

By Leah Shafer / January 29, 2015 / 0 Comments

In our culture of “bigger, better, newer, faster,” historic theaters may well be one of America’s most endangered buildings. There are at least 160 of these beauties in the Lone Star State, once the center of a city’s entertainment district. But now these Arcadias, Palaces, Majestics, Paramounts, and Pioneers often sit in states of disrepair. […]

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Virginia McAlester Takes a Dallas Swiss Avenue Home Tour to the New York Times

By Candy Evans / December 29, 2013 / 2 Comments

This is a must-read, perfect story to bring us out of our holiday rest: Dallas founder and past president of Preservation Dallas Virginia Savage McAlester takes the world on a tour of her 96 year old Swiss Avenue home located in the 5700 block of Swiss. She is also the author of  “A Field Guide to American […]

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