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Occasional July 2015

Saturday, August 15, 2015


SAHD Recognized At 2015 Preservation Achievement Award Ceremony

In a ceremony at the Scottish Rite Cathedral on April 8, 2015, the Swiss Avenue Historic District received a special tribute for its pioneering role as the first historic district in the City of Dallas. At the ceremony, David Preziosi, Executive Director of Preservation Dallas said "before the Swiss Avenue Historic District was established in 1973 it was almost destroyed by high-rise development and disinvestment. The homeowners at that time banded together to protect the incredible neighborhood and through historic district status and many years of investment by property owners, the Historic District is now the crown jewel of East Dallas. It stands as the finest example of an early 20th century planned neighborhood with an eclectic mix of houses representing virtually every popular residential design style of the day. The Swiss Avenue Historic District is truly a success story and one that blazed a trail for other future historic districts in Dallas to follow." Accepting the award for the District was Joanna Hampton, SAHDA President, and several of the original founders of the District including Virginia McAlester, Lyn Dunsavage, Harryette Ehrhardt, Larry Offutt and Martha Heimberg. Also at the ceremony the founders of the Historic Preservation League (now Preservation Dallas), most of whom were also founders of the Swiss Avenue Historic District, received the Dorothy Savage Award, the highest award that Preservation Dallas gives to an individual or group.

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