Virginia Savage McAlester

Virginia Savage McAlester: Preservationist, Author, and Activist

By Karen Eubank / April 16, 2020 / 2 Comments

Dallas lost a reluctant icon last week. Preservationist Virginia Savage McAlester gracefully and patiently educated, not just Dallas, but also the nation about the importance of preserving historic architecture. I like to think she passed with the knowledge that she made a difference — because she did. Virginia would hate being called an icon, which […]

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Dallas Author and Preservationist Teaches Fort Worth Realtors About Architecture

By Seth Fowler / December 13, 2016 / 0 Comments

Do you know why white stucco was so important to architects for new homes after World War II?  What negative effect did the Federal Housing Administration have on the design of homes?  What was one of the inspirations for the ranch home?  How did owners of a Victorian home show they had a certain amount of […]

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Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Event Features Home of Preservationist Virginia Savage McAlester

By Joanna England / May 7, 2015 / 13 Comments

It’s a time-honored tradition now in its 42nd year, and it’s one of the best way to ogle at some real, historic, graceful house candy! Truly, the Swiss Avenue Historic District’s Mother’s Day Home Tour is the only opportunity you’ll get all year to witness the grandeur of the oldest historic district in Dallas from […]

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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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