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Aldredge House Speaker Series

New For the 2014 Home Tour

Aldredge House Speaker Series

5500 Swiss Avenue

Admission Is FREE To The Public -- Home Tour Tickets Not Required To Attend

Join us all throughout Mother's Day Weekend for a special series of speaking events at the Aldredge House, 5500 Swiss Avenue, just across the street from Savage Park. Speakers will be covering a variety of topics ranging from Preservation and Architecture to Horticulture and Gardening Tips. Home Tour tickets are not required to attend, admission is FREE to the public.

Speakers' Schedule

Saturday, May 10: 

            11 AM – David

Occasional (April 2014)

Dear SAHD Residents,
As we look forward to the changing of the seasons, the blooming of flowers, and the beginning of "porch party"
weather, I wanted to give you a brief update about what is going on in our neighborhood.

On the social scene, a big thanks goes out to Sherry Ezell and the rest of the SAHD Children's Committee for hosting
such a wonderful and fun Halloween party for our neighborhood children! All of the children in the neighborhood
certainly have something to look forward to with the annual Easter Egg hunt right around the corner. Additionally, the
neighborhood also enjoyed a

Board Minutes, February 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Swiss Avenue Historic District Association
Minutes of the Monthly Meeting, February 18, 2014
 
The February meeting of the SAHDA was held at the Aldredge House on February 18, 2014.  President Cameron Kinvig called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.
 
The minutes from the previous meeting were presented, and a motion was made and seconded and voted to approve the minutes for the January meeting.
 
Cameron announced that he and Natalie Bodak and Bob Cox would be serving as Chairs for the Home Tour Committee.  Thus far, three homes have been secured for the tour, and one is pending.

Get To Know Your Home

Know Your Home

One of the many unique aspects of The Swiss Avenue Historic District is it reputation for containing the broadest range of early 20th Century architectural styles in the entire Southwest.  Its eclectic mix of homes, spanning its 2 ½ mile stretch, represent virtually every popular residential design style, including Mediterranean, Spanish, Spanish Revival, Georgian, Mission, Prairie, Carftsman, Neoclassical, Italian Renaissance, Tudor and Colonial Revival.

Learn more about why your home looks the way it does, listen in to an informative and entertaining interview, which

Swiss Avenue Association Meetings

Monthly meetings of the Swiss Avenue Historic District Neighborhood Association are held on the third Tuesday of every month. Meetings are genrally held at The Aldredge House, 5500 Swiss Avenue, but locations can vary from month to month and will be announced as the date for each gathering approaches, once the venue has been confirmed. Please check back for details as the date nears.

Monthly meetings are open to all residents of the district, their friends and families.

Occasional (July 2013)

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

As this is my last letter as President of the Swiss Avenue Historic District, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the vast accomplishments over the past year. It has been a great honor to serve as a leader in the district this year! I have enjoyed my time as President and can’t articulate how lucky I am to have served with such a great board.

Occasional (April 2013)

As we welcome a colorful change of season, we are beginning to see a host of changes in our community from an influx of new residents to new businesses! The focus this year is on our community through a variety of social activities, projects, and security. Now that we are in the midpoint of the 2012/2013 fiscal year, this is a good time to recap the progress the SAHD committees have made in support of our goals.

Through the efforts of the SAHD Social Committee, the district has partnered with Chamberlain Studios of Self Defense for a neighborhood workshop, hosted a neighborhood happy hour at

Occasional (September 2012)

A community typically refers to a social unit largerthan a small village that shares common values. Asthe new president for the Swiss Avenue HistoricDistrict Association (SAHDA), I am pleased to bepart of a community and a neighborhood associationthat facilitates citizen involvement at the local level,as well as offers a venue for entertainment andrecreation through social activities, and addressessecurity concerns of the residents.

Having lived in the Swiss Avenue Historic Districtfor three years now, I believe that I have become partof a community and not just a resident in aneighborhood.

Occasional (February 2012)

Dear SAHD Residents, 

So much has happened since the last publication of the Occasional: 

As a result of our annual meeting in September, there were a few changes in the officers:

Bob Bracken is finally being able to step down as Treasurer and, though still in the process of the change-over, is being replaced by Robert Thomas. Bob has been a wonderful and diligent treasurer for many years and after a well deserved, andhopefully short, rest will once again take aposition on the board. (That is once hestops doing his happy dance up and downBryan Parkway.)

After serving two years, Gaye

Mother's Day Weekend, May 10 & 11, 2014

New For the 2014 Home Tour

Aldredge House Speaker Series

5500 Swiss Avenue

Admission Is FREE To The Public -- Home Tour Tickets Not Required To Attend

Join us all throughout Mother's Day Weekend for a special series of speaking events at the Aldredge House, 5500 Swiss Avenue, just across the street from Savage Park. Speakers will be covering a variety of topics ranging from Preservation and Architecture to Horticulture and Gardening Tips. Home Tour tickets are not required to attend, admission is FREE to the public.

Speakers' Schedule

Saturday, May 10: 

            11 AM – David Preziosi, Executive Director, Preservation Dallas:  “How Communities Benefit from Historic Preservation”

Saving historic places is not only good for the economy and the environment, it also makes for more vibrant communities. Learn about the benefits of historic preservation and its impact on the historic neighborhoods of Dallas.
 
            12 PM – Carolyn Rozier, Dallas County Master Gardener:   "Beneficial Insects"

Is your garden overrun by pests? Do you have aphids on your aspidistra; scale on your scabiosa? Have I got some bugs for you! Not all insects are pests. Help identify insects that are helpful to the gardener and to effectively decrease the dependence on pesticides.
 
             1 PM – Tom Wilten, Dallas County Master Gardener:  “Garden Irrigation”

Includes indications and contraindications for drip irrigation. A discussion of the general concept of hydration is also addressed.
 
             2 PM – Irene Sandell, author, The House on Swiss Avenue:  “The European connection – Swiss colonists started it all”

Swiss Avenue roots reach back over 150 years and the contributions of those early Dallasites are still with us today.
 
             3 PM – Diana Harris, Dallas County Master Gardener:  “Shady Gardens”          
 
             4 PM – David Bush and Jim Parsons, authors of Fair Park Deco:  Art and Architecture of the Texas Centennial Exposition

Fair Park in Dallas is one of the finest collections of Art Deco architecture in the country, but it is so much more: the embodiment of Texan swagger, something bold and brash, a testament to the men and women who undertook the Texanic task of creating a dazzling spectacle in the darkest days of the Depression. Authors Jim Parsons and David Bush will take you on a tour of the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition using vintage images and new photography to document what was once called the "Magic City."

Sunday, May 11 

             1 PM – Barbara Gollman, Dallas County Master Gardener:  “Shady Herbs for Shady Places"

Herbs need sun or do they? Learn which herbs can be grown in light shade or filtered shade and how plants can adapt too little sun. Find out which favorite culinary herbs do well with partial shade in the heat of Texas.
 
             2 PM – Janet D. Smith, Dallas County Master Gardener:  “WaterWise Gardening”

Explains why Texans need to reduce the use of municipal water in our landscapes and how to do it. Homeowners can have any style landscapes by choosing the right plants, placing them correctly and watering efficiently.
 
             3 PM – Jim Anderson, Jim Anderson Preservation and Design:  “How Dallas' Historic Districts and Individual Landmarks were the Catalysts for a Successful Central City”
 
             4 PM – Katherine Seale, Landmark Commission
 
           
 

April 2014

Dear SAHD Residents,
As we look forward to the changing of the seasons, the blooming of flowers, and the beginning of "porch party"
weather, I wanted to give you a brief update about what is going on in our neighborhood.

On the social scene, a big thanks goes out to Sherry Ezell and the rest of the SAHD Children's Committee for hosting
such a wonderful and fun Halloween party for our neighborhood children! All of the children in the neighborhood
certainly have something to look forward to with the annual Easter Egg hunt right around the corner. Additionally, the
neighborhood also enjoyed a hugely successful Christmas party at Jean Bainbridge and Mike French's home, and
several neighb0rhood happy hours/socials since the fall as well. Stay tuned for more neighborhood social events
now that Spring is officially here!

Thanks to the efforts of the Beautification Committee, the District is well on its way to a master-plan for the renovation
of Savage Park. And, we can also thank them for the daffodils that popped through the soil at the "top" of Swiss and
at Swiss and Munger, as well as for the complete refurbishment of the gates at Fitzhugh and Swiss. Great job all!

On the neighborhood security front, I'm pleased to announce that the Alliance Against Crime has increased police
patrols throughout our neighborhood, and city code enforcement of the Live Oak and Gaston corridors. Crime
appears to be down, and thanks to the efforts of the AAC Committee, headed by Peter Loh, problems that have long
plagued the District are in the process of being dealt with efficiently and effectively by the City. The annual request
for our neighborhood to fund the AAC's efforts has recently gone out to each homeowner. Please consider giving
towards the AAC's efforts to keep our community safe and secure.

We're seeing the possibility of responsible new development all around our District, and that is certainly a positive
sign of urban renewal for East Dallas. The Planning and Zoning Committee has diligently worked with developers to
come up with responsible and sustainable development options for the vacant land surrounding our District, so that
when development comes, it makes a positive impact on our community. This approach will hopefully be a model for
our surrounding preservation districts.

And, of course, the annual SAHD Mother's Day Home Tour is right around the corner as well! Thanks to the efforts of
Gaye Jackson, as well as the numerous neighbors who have stepped forward to be on the Home Tour Committee
this year, our Home Tour plans are right on track. With eight homes on this year's tour, including several that have
not been on tour for many years, if ever, we hope to have a hugely successful weekend. First, many thanks go out
to those who have volunteered to put their homes on tour - I cannot tell you enough how much you are appreciated!
Second, please come out and enjoy the tour! With beautiful homes and gardens, a children's area, antique
cars, wonderful food, great music, and a fun vintage atmosphere, it is the perfect weekend to entertain friends,
family, and co workers in the District!

I certainly hope you are enjoying the beginnings of Spring as much as I am! If you haven't had the opportunity in a
while, take the time to walk around, say "hi" to our neighbors, enjoy the beauty that is our historic district and
get involved in making it an even better place to live!

Cameron Kinvig, SAHDA President.

To Access A PDF Version Of The April 2014 Occasional, Click On The Link Below.