2707 State Street, home of Patricia and Curtis Meadows

I’m about to give you the dirt on this State Thomas treasure. You’ll be waiting to hear how it was built around the turn of the century, updated in the mid fifties and then eighties, right? The State Thomas neighborhood contains the largest collection of Victorian-era homes remaining in Dallas. Known as Freedman’s Town, it was created immediately after Emancipation (as in the Civil War) as a separate settlement adjacent to the town of Dallas — adjacent, but not in it. By the close of Reconstruction in 1874, Freedman’s Town was incorporated into Dallas, bustling with about 500 citizens.

The area is rich with history in a town where you really have to turn up stones to find it. In 1986, State Thomas was established as a Special Purpose District, making it an urban peripheral of downtown Dallas. It was christened Uptown. The area would soon become one of the most bustling urban success stories in the country, loaded with downsizing baby boomers and energetic millennials coming in as fast as they could.

In 1986, not one of their peers was nearby. In fact, they were still opening garage doors in the Park Cities, Preston Hollow and North Dallas. But State Thomas was exactly where Curtis and Patricia Meadows wanted to settle for their retirement. (more…)

2707 State Street, home of Patricia Meadows

History lovers! Don’t miss this unforgettable tour and reception honoring members of the Solo and Small Firm Section of the Dallas Bar Association, Uptown neighbors, and special friends. ‘Old World Charm in Historic State-Thomas,’ hosted by Tom Armstrong, Kyle Crews, Mary Alice Garrison, and Jack Gosnell promises to be an unforgettable evening, featuring some unforgettable homes.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone who’s interested in state Thomas neighborhood to see several incredible homes,” said Allie Beth Allman & Associates’ Kyle Crews. The tour includes turn of the 20th Century gems at 2707 Hibernia Street, 2315 Routh Street, and 2309 Boll Street. It kicks off at 2707 State Street, home of Patricia Meadows. Meadows, who is considered to be a ‘neighborhood pioneer,’ will deliver some brief remarks on the “Birth of Uptown.” You won’t want to miss it! (more…)