National Preservation Month – May 2016
In celebration of National Preservation Month during the month of May, Preservation Dallas will embark on a series of events to raise awareness about the importance of historic preservation in Dallas. To continue and broaden the dialogue, Preservation Dallas will tie the month-long celebration in with the 50th anniversary of National Historic Preservation Act. In partnership with several groups, a slate of free and ticketed public events, exhibits, talks, and tours will punctuate the month by spotlighting historic places that matter in Dallas. National, state and local experts will share insights on preserving cultural heritage and why preservation matters in hopes of getting North Texans talking about how sheltering a city’s history lays the foundation for its future growth.
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, 1-3 p.m.
Fair Park Art + Architecture Scavenger Hunt
3939 Grand Ave, Dallas, TX 75210
Discover the exciting art and architecture of historic Fair Park through a scavenger hunt for children and adult teams of up to 6 hosted by Preservation Dallas and Friends of Fair Park. Participants who go on the hunt will be entered into drawings for prizes to be given out at the event. To register please email or call the Preservation Dallas office at 214-821-3290. You can also register onsite the day of event. Meet at the blue tent in front of the Hall of State the day of the event to register or check-in and to pick up the scavenger hunt list.
May 2-31, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Architectural Styles of Dallas Exhibit
Dallas City Hall, first floor lobby
1500 Marilla St., Dallas, TX 75201
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 that showcase the styles and bring the exhibit to life.
May 3, 6-8:30 p.m.
Preservation Achievement Awards
Lee Park at Arlington Hall
3333 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219
$50 for members, $85 for non-members
Join Preservation Dallas in celebrating the outstanding preservation work in Dallas of property owners, architects, developers, builders and civic leaders during the 17th annual Preservation Achievement Awards at historic Arlington Hall. Non-refundable advance reservations are required. For more information and to buy tickets click here.
May 4, 6:15-8 p.m.
Dallas Architecture Forum Lecture – Fred Kent
3699 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Free for Dallas Architecture Forum members, $20 for non-members
Fred Kent is the Founder and President of Project for Public Spaces (PPS), the premier center for best practices, information and resources on Placemaking. PPS helps people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Fred Kent is widely recognized as a leading authority on revitalizing city spaces and one of the foremost thinkers in livability, smart growth and the future of the city. Fred Kent will address the preservation of public space as cities develop, and why it is crucial to preserve and carefully renovate these spaces in today’s urban environment, utilizing examples such as Bryant Park in NYC. Reception 6:15 and lecture at 7 p.m. For more information click here.
May 5-Jun 12, Sundays 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and Monday – Saturday by appointment
Historic Dallas through Photography
St. Matthews Cathedral Arts
5100 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75201
St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts and Preservation Dallas will present a new photographic exhibition: Historic Dallas through Photography. The exhibit will feature work by a class of skilled photographers taught by professional photographer Carolyn Brown and will showcase work documenting historically significant buildings, structures and neighborhoods in Dallas. Click here for more information.
May 7-8, 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
$20 in advance and $25 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 10, 6:15-8 p.m.
Dallas Architecture Forum Panel – Economics and Architecture
Dallas Center for Architecture
1909 Woodall Rodgers Frwy, Suite 100 Dallas, TX 75201
Jeff Whittington will lead a panel on “Economics and Architecture.” As Dallas continues to mature and it enters the next stage of civic life, we will witness transformation marked by progressive urban, cultural and architectural changes. However, progress is never far from growing pains as exemplified by the recent Supreme Court decision regarding Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. This case rendered Texas’ current affordable and low-income housing tax credit allocation unconstitutional, and its subsequent decision has forced many developers to re-consider their development strategies and will have architects re-examining what neighborhood context looks like. This Supreme Court decision will impact our definition of neighborhoods in Dallas, and it can give birth to a vibrant and exciting phase of our city’s growth if we allow it to. The panel will look at issues relating to historic provisions for housing for low-income individuals in Dallas, how some of those neighborhoods were redlined, and how those neighborhoods are now changing. Reception 6:15 and panel 6:30 p.m. For more information click here.
May 14, 10 a.m.
Lost Dallas Walking Tour presented by Dallas Center for Architecture
Start at Main Street Garden
1902 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Mark Doty, author of the book Lost Dallas, and DCFA Program Director Greg Brown lead guests on a two hour stroll exploring historic Dallas, both lost and saved. Click here to find out more about the tour and to register.
May 15, 2-3 p.m.
Fifty Years of Preservation: A Panel Discussion
Dallas Heritage Village
1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas, TX 75215
In 1966, Dallas Heritage Village was founded to preserve Millermore. That same year, the National Historic Preservation Act was signed into law. What was happening in historic preservation to lead to these two events? And where are we today as we continue to fight to preserve the past? Dallas Heritage Village and Preservation Dallas are bringing together Evelyn Montgomery, Curator of Dallas Heritage Village; Evan Thompson, Executive Director of Preservation Texas; and Beth Wiedower, National Trust for Historic Preservation for a conversation highlighting 50 years of historic preservation at the local, state and national levels. To find out more or to register for this fee event click here or call 214-413-3669.
May 15, 5-8 p.m.
‘An Evening in Seville’ at Paigebrooke Farm
1 Paigebrooke, Westlake, TX 76262
Hosts Kelly and Scott Bradley invite guests to tour their historic home, built in 1938 for Ted Dealey, former publisher of The Dallas Morning News, by famed architect Charles Steven Dilbeck. Enjoy tapas, paella, sangria and craft beers, as well as a brief concert by international artist and classical guitarist Christopher McGuire. This event benefits the Allegro Classic Guitar Society. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here or call (817) 498-0363.
May 17, 6-8 p.m.
Pour Yourself Into History
Sons of Hermann Hall
3414 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75226
Join Preservation Dallas Young Professionals and the Dallas Historical Society for the a special talk from John Slate, City of Dallas Archivist, at the historic Sons of Herman Hall in Deep Ellum. The Dallas Sons of Hermann Hall is a Historic Landmark comprised of two Texas lodges; Dallas #22 and Columbia #66. Dallas Lodge #22 was chartered in 1890 as Uhland Lodge #22 and Columbia Lodge #66 was chartered in 1893. In 1910 the Dallas lodges (out of necessity and, more importantly, unity) pooled their resources and built the hall at 3414 Elm. The grand opening was held in April of 1911. The Sons of Hermann Hall is very fortunate to have many life-long members of both lodges willing to share their memories of the Hall in days gone by. The Historical Committee of the Sons of Hermann Hall continues to assemble an extensive collection of memorabilia, which adorns the walls and glass cases through the hall. Many amazing musicians have played at Sons of Hermann Hall, come see the collection of photos of those that have helped to create the rich musical history at Sons of Hermann Hall. For more information go here.
May 19, 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Park Cities Historical and Preservation Society 5th Annual Distinguished Speaker Luncheon
Dallas Country Club
4155 Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75205
Join the Park Cites Historical and Preservation Society for their annual Distinguished Speaker Luncheon at the Dallas Country Club. The speaker this year will be Katherine Seale, Chair of the Dallas Landmark Commission, who will speak on “Historic Preservation in the Context of Change.” Proceeds from the luncheon will fund scholarships at Highland Park High School for graduating seniors who plan to study architecture, history, preservation, or another major related to the preservation of our heritage. For more information or purchase tickets click here.
May 19, 6 – 8 p.m.
Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Dallas
Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
2719 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201
Preservation Dallas and The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture are bringing together a panel of representatives from the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, Dallas Mexican American Historical League and Remembering Black Dallas to explore their challenges and successes in preserving their cultural heritage in a time when many cultural groups no longer live in tight-knit communities in localized areas of the city. A reception begins at 6 p.m. with the panel discussion starting at 6:30 p.m. Click here to find out more and to register for the event.
May 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Preservation Dallas Spring Architectural Tour
$35 for members, $50 for non-members
This year the annual spring tour will feature Preservation Dallas award winning projects around the city for people to enjoy and learn from the outstanding preservation efforts of their owners. Click here for more information on the tour.
May 24, 6:00 p.m.
InTown Outing to Cannon’s English Village in Oak Cliff
1314 West Davis Street, Dallas, TX 75208
Free for Preservation Dallas or OOCCL members, $20 for non-members
Preservation Dallas and the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League will host a tour of the unique Tudor style 1922 commercial building known as Cannon’s Village located on Davis Street in Oak Cliff. A recent renovation brought the derelict building back to life with new commercial spaces on the first floor and apartments on the second floor. Call the Preservation Dallas office to make a reservation for the tour at 214-821-3290 or email.
Publicity for Preservation Month has been funded in part by a grant from the Fondren Fund for Texas of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.