Preservationists

Plano Residents Rally to Save Historic Collinwood House from Demolition

By Leah Shafer / August 3, 2016 / 1 Comment

The Collinwood House is the oldest structure still standing in the city of Plano, and it faces demolition to make way for a structure in a new park. The 1860’s era house sits on city land being developed for a 124-acre park, which will include hike-and-bike trails, a dog park, and parking spaces. Plano officials are […]

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Interview with an Architect: Alicia Chandler Quintans Solves Modern Design Challenges

By Leah Shafer / December 11, 2015 / 0 Comments

In our ongoing series, Interview with an Architect, we speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals (you can read the last one here). Alicia Chandler Quintans, AIA, is an Oak Cliff-based architect, interior designer, and preservationist. […]

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Preservation Task Force Aims to Protect Historic Buildings With 9 Recommendations

By Leah Shafer / April 2, 2015 / 0 Comments

  Last September, the Dallas preservation community let out a collective gasp as an entire block of century-old buildings was demolished by Headington Companies as part of the Joule’s expansion plans. Because of the way historic preservation is handled in Dallas, there was no time to discuss alternatives with the bulldozers or the company that […]

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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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Demo of Mission Motel Imminent as Work Begins on New West Dallas Development

By Leah Shafer / January 8, 2015 / 1 Comment

The clock is ticking for the old Mission Motel in West Dallas as Trammell Crow Residential begins work on a new development on the site and adjoining lots, which will include 300 rental units, as well as 14,000 square feet of retail space. “We are tearing it down. We just finished asbestos abatement and will start demo […]

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Home of Fort Worth Civic Legend, Ruth Carter Stevenson, Demolished Despite Preservationists' Objections

By Joanna England / June 24, 2013 / 1 Comment

Yikes. This dramatic episode sounds a lot like Mark and Patricia Lovvorn’s campaign to take a wrecking ball to Stanley Marcus’ historic Nonesuch Road home. Except, well, preservationists were actually able to stop the owners from tearing down that house. The modernist former home of Ruth Carter Stevenson, daughter of Star-Telegram publisher Amon G. Carter, […]

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