National Preservation Month – May 2017

After a very successful celebration of National Preservation Month during the month of May last year, Preservation Dallas is bringing back the celebration again this year with a series of of free and ticketed public events to raise awareness about the importance of historic preservation in Dallas. Working with our partners we are once again holding tours, lectures, panels, the scavenger hunt and our capstone yearly event the Preservation Achievement Awards. Throughout the month we are spotlighting historic places that matter in Dallas. National, state and local experts will share insights on preserving cultural heritage and why preservation is important in the hopes of getting North Texans talking about the importance of the a city’s historic places.

A city’s essence derives from its history and its buildings. It is what attracts people to it, and gives them a foundation on which to build. It is the reason for our steady preservation drumbeat at Preservation Dallas. During National Preservation Month, we hope everyone will take time to notice and celebrate the unique historic places that make Dallas special, give it character, and distinguish it from other cities across the nation.

Below are events during the month organized by Preservation Dallas or its partners:

May 1- July 31, Daily (Hours vary by day)
The Architectural Styles of Dallas Exhibit
Dallas Public Library – Central Branch
Dallas History and Archives Division – 7th Floor
1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Free

Experience an engaging exhibit which highlights 27 unique architectural styles found in Dallas. The hallmarks of each style are explained through text and photographs of local examples along with artifacts from the Library’s collection which showcase the styles bringing the exhibit to life.

May 2, 6-8 p.m.
Dallas Historical Society – Pour Yourself Into History
Quarter Bar
3301 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204
Free

Bread Winner’s Quarter Bar was established in 2000 after quite a colorful parade of businesses formerly inhabited the space. The downstairs main bar was formerly the Bread Winner’s main office where the walls had chicken wire across the top of them to prevent someone from “breaking into the office.” The McKinney Ave street side used to be a Book Binder / Book repair business. The pool room at one time was a nail salon. Both in the late 90’s. In 2000, Jim and Cindy Hughes had the brilliant idea to turn the space into a New Orleans Style Bar and nearly overnight open the space downstairs was transformed into a small bar. Where you see the overhead chalkboards in the front room is the remaining top to a wall that divided the bakery and the Quarter Bar. Many patrons recall the smell of freshly baked holiday goodies wafting through the bar as they enjoyed their cocktails. Soon the bar expanded into the back bakery space and all the way to the angled mirror you see today. The little two rooms to the left of the main entrance are now known as “The Mafia Room”. At one point this was the beverage storage area for the coffee bar/barista.

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May 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m
Celebrate Downtown! Dive In – Spring Architectural Tour
Downtown Dallas (Tour registration and start at Main Street Garden)
$30 for members, $35 for non-members 

Join our spring architectural tour as we revisit the city’s center and dive for Celebrate Downtown!  We are excited to announce partnership with Downtown Dallas, Inc. once again to bring back one of our most popular events back to Downtown!  Join us on Saturday, May 6, for the Celebrate Downtown! walking tour of downtown Dallas, and “Dive In.”  We will begin at Main Street Garden and visit multiple historic properties, ascending to rooftops and lofts for refreshments and unparalleled views.

Click here to find out more and to purchase tickets. 

May 9, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Greater Dallas Planning Council Annual Luncheon –  
A New Downtown Dallas: Reshaping Urbanism and Preserving History!
Omni Hotel Dallas Convention Center
555 S. Lamar Street, Dallas, TX 75202
$75

The Greater Dallas Planning Council (GDPC) will celebrate its 6th Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Omni Hotel Dallas Convention Center. The topic will be: “A New Downtown Dallas: Reshaping Urbanism and Preserving History!” A lively panel discussion will address the audience on this topic using The Statler rehabilitation as a case study.  The moderator for the panel will be David Preziosi, Executive Director of Preservation Dallas and the panelists will include Kourtny Garrett, CEO of Downtown Dallas Inc.; Adam Jones, Team Leader, Principal, Merriman/Anderson Architects; and Rachel L. Roberts, Director of Branding & Marketing Centurion American Asset Mgmt – The Statler.

Click here to find out more and to purchase tickets. 

May 9, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Dallas Historical Society Brown Bag – Making Neighborhoods Stronger by Preserving Historic Sacred Places
Fair Park – Hall of State

3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75210
Free

Discover how Dallas’ historic sacred places have found new ways to fulfill the needs of their ever-changing neighborhoods through decades of change.

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May 13-14, Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m
Swiss Avenue Historic District Mother’s Day Home Tour presented by Swiss Avenue Historic District
Ticket pick up at Savage Park at Swiss and Munger, Dallas, TX 75214
$25 in advance and $30 the weekend of the event

Swiss Avenue is one of Dallas’ most important historic areas and features some of the best examples of historic architecture in the city. As Dallas’ first historic district it paved the way for future preservation efforts in Dallas. Experience the district during the annual Mother’s Day tour with exquisite homes open for visitors to experience the unique architecture and deep history of Old East Dallas.

For more information and to buy tickets or reserve seats at the Mother’s Day Brunch, click here. 

May 16, 6:15-8 p.m.
Dallas Architecture Forum Panel – Preservation Issues for Dallas
Dallas Black Dance Theater
2700 Ann Williams Way, Dallas, TX 75201
Free

The last two decades have seen a monumental shift in historic preservation both in Dallas and across the country. This is reflective of a broader renewed interest in the built environment – old and new – specifically how buildings, landscapes and places impact our lives. Today there are many more available studies on the subject, allowing Dallas’s citizens to be increasingly involved in the decision-making process that determines what their surroundings look like and how it will affect them. Though much progress has been made in Dallas, much remains to be achieved. Updated and improved tools are needed to guide future development and preservation efforts. This Panel, moderated by Dallas Landmarks Commission Chair Katherine Seale, will examine how our city can make informed decisions that will preserve a good foundation on which to build a better future. The Dallas Black Dance Theater building is located directly behind One Arts Plaza at the corner of Arts Plaza Street and Ann Williams Way.  Free parking is available between the DBDT building and Fellowship Church.

For more information click here.

May 18, 6:30 p.m.
Dallas Historical Society, An Evening With! – Preserving Munger Place with Virginia McAlester
Fair Park – Hall of State
3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX 75210
Free for DHS members and $10 for non-members

Virginia McAlester was one of 11 original members of Preservation Dallas (then called the Historic Preservation League) when it was established in 1972. McAlester was chairman of the Historic Dallas Fund, which set its sights on preserving Munger Place, the first deed-restricted neighborhood in Texas when developed in 1902. The fund raised the money to buy 23 dilapidated houses including some that were condemned. Come hear how Virginia McAlester and the Historic Dallas Fund bought these houses, which provided the catalyst that brought the neighborhood back.

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May 20, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Dallas Historical Society Bus Tour – Preservation Success Stories
Leave from Fair Park – Hall of State
3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX 75210
$30 for DHS members and $40 for non-members

This bus tour of Dallas explores the efforts that have gone into saving our historic resources, including individual buildings, historic neighborhoods and districts. The tour will examine some of the $500,000,000 in historic rehabilitation projects which have taken place since 1999 and some of the $300,000,000 in projects currently underway.

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May 21, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Dallas Heritage Village History + Architecture Scavenger Hunt
Dallas Heritage Village
1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas, TX 75215
Free

Join Preservation Dallas and the Dallas Heritage Village for an exciting day discovering the fascinating history and architecture of the historic Dallas Heritage Village through an entertaining Scavenger Hunt. The Village features 21 historic buildings which educate visitors about life in North Texas from the mid-1800s to early 1900s. Teams of up to six are allowed to participate and families are encouraged to join in the fun. Participants who go on the hunt will be entered into drawings for prizes to be given out at the event. Admission to the Dallas Heritage Village will be free for the day and parking can be accessed off of Harwood Street. The entrance to the Village is located on Gano Street. Register for the Scavenger Hunt at the main entrance. The Hunt will begin at 12:45 and end at 2:15 with prizes given out then.    

Click here to register for the Hunt.

May 23, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
InTown Outing to Dallas City Hall
Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Free

City of Dallas Chief Preservation Office Mark Doty will give a guided tour of the iconic Dallas City Hall. This Brutalist style masterpiece was designed by I.M. Pei and finished in 1978. Included on the tour will be a stop to the Municipal Archives where John Slate, the City Archivist, will present drawings of the various city halls in Dallas. This tour is in partnership with the Dallas Center for Architecture. Meet in the main lobby just past security to start the tour. 

Click here to register for the tour. 

May 24, 6 – 7:30
Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Dallas: Sites of Importance
Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
2719 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201
Free

Preservation Dallas and The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture are bringing back together last year’s panel of speakers from Remembering Black Dallas, Dallas Mexican American Heritage League, and the Dallas Jewish Historical Society for another engaging talk about preserving cultural heritage sites in Dallas. This year each group will showcase a few of their most important sites and then have a panel discussion on the work they have been doing since last year, including inventorying cultural sites in Dallas, working on historic markers for sites, and more. A reception begins at 6 p.m. with the panel discussion starting at 6:30 p.m.

May 25, 6-7:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk- Behind the Scenes of “50 Object/50 Stories,”
Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture
100 South Houston Street, Dallas, TX 75202
Free

Meet with museum curator, Kerry Adams, who will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating an exhibit from the collections of a relatively ‘new’ local history institution. In celebration of the Old Red Museum’s 10th anniversary, this exhibit takes visitors on a journey into the curator’s world of examining and mining stories from the museum’s own collection. Whether handcrafted or mass-produced, every day or extraordinary, objects have the power to evoke a wide range of responses.   “Dallas Curated: 50 Objects/50 Stories” will open on July 1st, 2017 and run through June 30, 2018.

May 31, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
18th Annual Preservation Achievement Awards
The Statler
1919 Commerice Street, Dallas, TX 75201
$125 for members and $175 for non-members

Join us for the biggest preservation celebration of the year! This year we will be at the iconic Statler and we are proud to be the first to open the doors for you as the project nears final stages of rehabilitation by Centurion American.  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 is also with great pride we announce our 2017 Awards keynote speaker will be Stephanie Meeks, President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation! In addition this year’s awards will include a special tribute to Downtown Dallas, Inc. for their incredible work in making Dallas’ urban center a great place for people to invest, live, work and play, and of course, restore historic buildings.

For more information or buy tickets click here.