Celebrate Historic Oak Cliff Living with this Winnetka Heights Craftsman Bungalow | CandysDirt.com

If you come across the residential handiwork of award-winning preservation contractor Ron Siebler, take note! This talented craftsman has long history of the highest quality restorations of historic homes in North Texas. 

It shows in our Thursday Three Hundred at 315 S. Windomere Ave., a 1913 Winnetka Heights Craftsman bungalow with recent renovations by Siebler and huge overall appeal. 

Sited on an elevated lot with rolling front lawn and waterfall steps, the Craftsman’s curb appeal is completely lovely. Exterior highlights include a pretty gable-covered front porch, tapered columns and brick bases, vertically divided upper window panes, and flared skirting. 

This home has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, two dining areas, and 1,816 square feet on one story. 

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Preservation Achievement Awards

The 18th annual Preservation Achievement Awards being presented at the iconic Statler, an icon of mid-20th-century design. Rendering courtesy of Preservation Dallas

After 16 years of vacancy and being listed on local, state, and national endangered lists, The Statler is one of Dallas’ biggest preservation success stories. It was recently recognized as such by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

So it’s totally appropriate that the 2017 Preservation Achievement Awards will be held here next week, with keynote speaker Stephanie Meeks, President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This event is hosted by Preservation Dallas

If you haven’t already purchased your tickets for the May 31 event, CandysDirt.com is giving away two tickets to this sought-after affair. Read on to find out how you can win!

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Ronald Siebler, left, working on the

Ron Siebler, left, and Daniel Lohr making a final inspection of the restored bell after it was returned to its original home in the Renner Church tower. All photos: Fred Hight, New Hights Photography

The preservation man of the hour seems to be Ronald Siebler, a talented craftsman and preservation advocate with a long history of the highest quality work.

At the 2016 Preservation Achievement Awards from Preservation Dallas, he received the prestigious Craftsman Award, and was part of four other award-winning projects, a rare event.

“You’re lucky to get one award from Preservation Dallas,” Siebler said. “To walk across the stage five times – it shows you I had such a wonderful year of opportunities.”

It also tells you the caliber of his work.

“Ron is an outstanding craftsman and his work on historic buildings shows the care and quality to which he approaches his work,” said David Preziosi, executive director of Preservation Dallas. “Ron often uses historic techniques and tools to make sure his work is accurate for the period and respects the historic structure. He has worked on numerous Preservation Achievement Award winning projects in Dallas and his skill and dedication have no doubt been an incredible asset to those project teams helping them to win awards from Preservation Dallas.”

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The “Graffiti House” at 1007 Fort Worth Ave. won a Preservation Achievement Award last year. Photos: Alicia Quintans

Before-and-after photos of the “Graffiti House” at 1007 Fort Worth Ave., which won a Preservation Achievement Award last year. Photos: Alicia Quintans

When you drive or walk down Swiss Avenue in Dallas, it’s hard to believe that this area full of stately, handsome homes was dilapidated just 40 years ago. Cars were jacked up on properties and screens hung off windows, with the many mansions in total disrepair or abandoned.

This was just before the creation of the Swiss Avenue Historic District in 1973. It was the first of its kind and a trailblazing event that paved the way for future preservation projects around Dallas.

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One of the many houses in the Swiss Avenue Historic District. Photo: Swiss Avenue Historic District

One of the many architecturally significant houses in the Swiss Avenue Historic District. Photo: Swiss Avenue Historic District

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 of Dallas’ most treasured neighborhoods, was almost destroyed by high-rise development and disinvestment. But in 1973, homeowners banded together to protect the area and through historic district status and many years of investment by property owners, created the first historic district in Dallas, and what is now the “crown jewel of East Dallas.”

The Swiss Avenue Historic District is truly a success story and one that blazed a trail for other future historic districts in Dallas to follow,” said David Preziosi, Executive Director of Preservation Dallas. “It stands as the finest example of an early 20th-century planned neighborhood with an eclectic mix of houses representing virtually every popular residential design style of the day.”

Those efforts, along with 12 projects, organizations, and individuals, were recently honored at Preservation Dallas’ 16th annual Preservation Achievement Awards. The awards recognize the most outstanding developments in historic preservation and individuals or groups who are committed to preserving Dallas’ history. They help continue the organization’s efforts to educate and advocate for the preservation and revitalization of the city’s significant historic buildings and places.

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