Yard Of The Year
Swiss avenue historic district
6005 Swiss Avenue
The Residence Of
Marianne & Tim Howells
The beauty of the charming home at 6005 Swiss Avenue is greatly enhanced by consistent displays of rich, colorful plantings as well as tasteful seasonal decorations such as pumpkins and gourds lining the steps in the fall. This landscape effectively combines bright colors in the focal point of the sunny area near the house, framed by cool greens of the surrounding shady areas. The plantings show great variety, including both the usual and the unusual, such as native plants. The textured green of carefully clipped ivy on the façade of the house reflects the perfectly groomed lawn. Exemplary maintenance and attention to detail in this yard make it a constant standout within the district—always a place to slow down and admire when passing by at any time of the year.
swiss avenue historic district
yard of the month
Jeff Cattorini & Allen Sullivan
5736 Swiss Avenue
The Master Gardeners have selected 5736 Swiss Avenue as this month’s Yard of the Month. Dr. Jeff Cattorini and Allen Sullivan have been working on the yard since June of 1999. The curving hedge around the front of the house is the only feature that was in place when they purchased the residence. Along the front walk, the assorted topiaries are cared for by Lloyd, the house manager who also tends to the seasonal displays of pansies and tulips in the front beds and containers. The holiday, lighted manger scene is a regular feature every December.
The judging committee noted this: The vegetation is well maintained and has a 3D effect with the taller landscape at the back and the rest of the vegetation stairsteps down to the street. The overall impression is a clean, groomed and balanced lawn with green vegetation. From the street view the house is nicely framed by two large trees, which reinforces the symmetry of the home’s architecture both day and night. The holiday decoration is simple and classic.
The District thanks Elizabeth Mast for the $100 gift certificate to Tallulah & HESS which is also included with the monthly award.
Pictured: Dr. Jeff Cattorini
Swiss Avenue Historic District
January 2021 Edition
Featured In This Edition:
Meet Your 2020 Neighbors
Purrfect Pets of 2020
SAHDA Children's Holiday In The Park
Kids That Rocked 2020
Yard Of The Month:
Dining With The Kinvigs:
One Pot Potroast
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A BIT About Our District
The Swiss Avenue Historic District, in Old East Dallas, is a diverse neighborhood containing the finest collection of Early 20th Century residential architecture in the entire Southwest. Established in 1905 by real-estate developer, Robert Munger, it was designated in 1973 as the first historic district in the City of Dallas. It is an official Dallas Landmark District and, in 1974, the entire District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The boundaries of The Swiss Avenue Historic District include portions of some of the city's earliest streets:
Beacon Street • Bryan Parkway • Bryan Street
La Vista Drive • Live Oak Street • Swiss Avenue
La Vista Drive
Live Oak Street
SAHD MARCH BOARD MEETING
Tuesday, March 16th
Please join us for our March neighborhood board meeting.
Committee chairs will update residents on topics of interest to the community at large, including: Alliance Against Crime, Zoning Issues, Outreach Activities, Beautification Progress, Home Tour Updates, and more.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE ON THE CALL
via zoom video call
For Login Credentials, Please Refer to the Email Sent From The Association Secretary Just Prior To The Meeting.
With Profound Gratitude
Historic preservation throughout the City of Dallas exists largely due to the exemplary efforts of our neighbor, our friend, and our District's most ardently devoted advocate,
Virginia Savage McAlester
Virginia dedicated her life's work to preserving, protecting and promoting the historic dignity of her native hometown. She was the nation's foremost authority on historic architecture; she was instrumental in the founding of our District, which became this City's first Historic District; and she spearheaded efforts throughout our community that have impacted and improved the quality of life for us all.
Her contributions will reverberate for generations to come. For that, and for so much more, we are profoundly grateful.
Virginia Savage McAlester
May 13, 1943 – April 9, 2020
THE BRILLIANCE OF VIRGINIA SAVAGE McALESTER
In tribute to our dear friend and neighbor, Virginia Savage McAlester, we invite you to view the video below, featuring a lecture on the History of Munger Place presented by Virginia at the Hall of State in Fair Park on May 18, 2017
STEP BACK TO A SIMPLER TIME
JOIN US ON THE FIRST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH
FOR LIVING HISTORY TOURS AT ALDREDGE HOUSE
The Aldredge House invites you to travel back with us to a simpler place and time; to a Gilded Age steeped in gentility, refinement, and the finer things in life. Join us on the First Saturday of each month for Living History Tours that will transport you to back to the early days of Swiss Avenue when, in 1917, West Texas Rancher, Will Lewis, commissioned renowned architect Hal Thomson to design and build this magnificent French Eclectic Mansion as a wedding gift for his Debutante Bride, Willie Newberry.
Actors outfitted in period costumes portray individuals who played significant roles in the Aldredge House's illustrious history, including its earliest owners, their maids, their chauffeurs, and even their family physician.
DOORS OPEN AT 10 AM FOR HOUSE TOURS. LIVING HISTORY TOURS BEGIN AT 11 AM
Due to ongoing public health concerns, FIRst Saturday tours
of the Aldredge house are postponed until further notice.
We Hope to resume activities as soon as the all-clear is given.
As you walk our scenic neighborhood, you may have noticed bronze plaques installed near the sidewalks in front of some of the homes. Our neighbor, Virginia Dupuy, worked with City Hall to obtain approval for SAHD residents to install these plaques on their properties.
The purpose of the plaques is to identify the year of a home's construction, its architectural style, the architect/builder (if known), and the original owner. If there's room remaining on the plaques, a fact or two about the history of the home or its original owners can be added. Although there are only a handful of these plaques in place today, visitors walking our District frequently stop to read them.
If you are interested in obtaining one of these plaques for your property, the process is relatively simple. A Certificate of Appropriateness is required. City Staff can approve the wording without going before the full Landmark Commission but you will be asked to provide the source of the facts you will be displaying.
Two good, reliable sources of information are the fileson our Historic District located at Preservation Dallas, and a Masters Thesis available at the Dallas Public Library downtown. The 3-volume thesis, titled, "history and Guide to the Swiss Avenue Historic District", was written in the 1970s by three architecture students at UT Arlington: Robert L. Canavan, Patricia T. Canavan, and Judy S. Dooley.
Erie Landmark Company is the manufacturer of the plaques (637 Hempfield Hill Road, Columbia, PA 17512, Telephone: 800-874-7848). The cost of one plaque is approximately $250. Under the agreement with the City, the plaques are to be installed on a flat concrete pad that can be easily fabricated by your handyman.