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Join Us For What Promises To Be An Historic Match Up

LET THE GAMES BEGIN

for the annual East Dallas Games, where Swiss Avenue residents will participate in a fun-filled, family-friendly day of games with our friends in Junius Heights, Peak’s Suburban Addition and Munger Place to see which neighborhood comes out on top!

 

East Dallas Games

October 14, 2023

Buckner Park

11am-3pm

 

More Information to Come

Save The Date

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Tune In To 

SAHDTV

See The 2023 Home Tour Featured On The Bloomberg Channel Show "The American Dream" 

Click on the image above to access the video.

Skip ahead to 10:27 for the segment about the Home Tour


Tour de Force

A  True
 

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A sincere and well-deserved "Thanks!" on behalf of our entire District to this year's Swiss Avenue Historic District Home Tour co-chairs, the Dynamic Duo of Charlotte Kerr and Zach Swanson. Their leadership, dedication, patience, and good-natured willingness to weather any challenge they encountered (and we DO mean weather), resulted in our most successful home tour ever. 

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The 2023 Home Tour

One For The Record Books

Due in large measure to Charlotte and Zach's expert stewardship of this year's Home Tour Committee, and despite a drizzly Sunday, this year's home tour was a record-breaking success. Thanks to all who were involoved and we hope to see everyone again next year!

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How It All Began

A Look Back At The Origins Of Our Very First Swiss Avenue Home Tour In 1973

This year marked the 50th Anniversary of what has grown to become one of our city's most popular annual events. From it's humble beginnings in 1973 as a catalyst for promoting and preserving the homes in one of Dallas's only existing original residential neighborhoods, The Swiss Avenue Historic District Mother's Day Home Tour now attracts thousands of visitors every May to honor and celebrate our shared history.

A recent article in the Lakewood Advocate tells more of the story.

You can read it at the link below.

Firefighters Host Swiss Avenue Historic District Residents During An Open House At Station 17

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Dallas Firefighters from Lakewood's own Station #17 recently hosted an Open House for residents of our District. Station Captain, David Diggs, and City Councilman, Paul Ridley, shared with the gathering information about the firehouse, its operations, and its importance to the community. Youngsters were given balloons and invited to meet and pose for photos with Sparky the Fire Dog; and all guests received a tour of the facility. 

A recent article in the Lakewood Advocate describes the event in more detail.

You can read the full article at the link below.

Station #17 Fire Truck
Paul Ridley Delivers Remarks
Fire Trucks On Display
Meeting Sparky the Fire Dog
Balloons For The Kids
David Diggs Greets Guests
Inspecting The Fire Trucks
Inspecting The Fire Equipment
Guests At The Fire Trucks
Guests Gather Inside The Station

Neighbors Gather For Good Conversation
And Great Barbecue In A Grand Setting

On March 19th, members of The Dallas County Medical Society Alliance Foundation and Friends of Aldredge House hosted a neighborhood meet-and-greet at Aldredge House. An estimated 150 neighbors and friends gathered at the house for delicious barbecue, ice-cold refreshments, and a lavish spread of side dishes and desserts. 

It was a welcome and long-overdue opportunity for old neighbors to reconnect post-Covid, and for everyone to meet and get to know the newer residents in the District. Attendance was far greater than expected; every table inside was filled and the overflow spilled out into the rear garden where there were activities set up for the younger kids. The response was so positive, in fact, that the Foundation has offered to make these neighborhood meet-and-greets an annual Springtime event. 

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The Miracle On 36th Street

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In 1982, longtime Swiss Avenue Historic District homeowners, Bob Hopkins and Bob Whisnant, were living in Kansas City's Hyde Park Historic District. On a freezing January day, near the corner of 36th and Cherry Street, while helping a neighbor plow their sidewalks after a blizzard, they made a miraculous discovery: a newborn, wrapped in a blanket inside a cardboard box, that had been set on their neighbor's back doorstep. After rescuing the infant, they spent the next 41 years searching for information on her whereabouts and her welfare. And they finally found her. 

 

Click on the links below to watch the news story from Kansas City's KCTV5, and to read the full article published in the Kansas City Star:

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Candy's Dirt Visits The Second Saturdays Living History Tour At Aldredge House

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In the Aldredge House Dining Room, Martha Heimberg (center left) and Rikki Sushaun (center right) portray staff members of the house's original owners, Willie & Will Lewis.

Candy Evans, founder of Candy's Dirt, the award-winning news site popular among real-estate lovers, along with her granddaughter, Hattie, and features writer, Karen Eubank, all attended the January performance of the Second Saturdays Living History Tour at Aldredge House. To read the article describing their experience, click on the photo link above.

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SAHD ANNUAL BOARD MEETING

Tuesday, September 19th

6:30 PM – Social

7:00 PM – Meeting

Please join us for our Annual Neighborhood Board Meeting, the only meeting of the year where every member of the District who attends will be entitled to vote. The purpose of this annual gathering is to elect our Board of Directors, Alternate At-Large Directors, Block Directors, and Nominating Committee for the 2023/2024 fiscal year.

 

We will also be approving our annual operating budget for the coming year and addressing any other business brought forward by members of the District.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE AT THE MEETING

In Person at Lakewood Towers

6301 Gaston Avenue, 1st-Floor Conference Room

For The Agenda, Please Refer To The Email Sent From The Association Secretary Just Prior To The Meeting.

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Running With
The Wildcats

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During the annual running of the Dallas Marathon, on Sunday, December 11th, Laura and Todd McCavit, whose home sits along the marathon route at 5533 Swiss Avenue, hosted the Wildcats from Woodrow Wilson High School on their front lawn and porch to participate in the day's festivities. Woodrow students and alumni gathered in front of the McCavit's home, along with a large inflatable Woodrow Wildcat, to cheer on the runners with live music from the Woodrow Band.

Meet Our New
NEIGHBORS

Lauren & Drew Nadig

4938 Swiss Avenue

Lauren and Drew Nadig and their two daughters, Maggie (6) and Ella (3), are the newest owners of 4938 Swiss. Lauren and Drew are transplants from Illinois and New York, respectively. Drew was in Killeen, Texas, stationed at Fort Hood from November 2006 to March, 2012. His stay there was broken up by a deployment to Iraq just outside of Baghdad from the summer of 2008 to summer of 2009, and northern Afghanistan from the summer of 2010 to summer of 2011 where he flew Blackhawk helicopters in the United States Army.

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Drew and Maggie (6) Nadig

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Ella (3) and Lauren Nadig

In the early years of their relationship, an opportunity arose for Lauren to help open her firm’s Dallas office and, having lived her New York dream for some time – and having zero savings to show for it – decided to make the leap, vowing to only stay for a while. Drew was in violent agreement that Texas was a temporary spot. Fast forward 12 years and two kids later, and they can’t imagine living anywhere else.

 

They started in East Dallas in the Casa Linda Forest neighborhood. With limited room to grow and a creek that had seen a one-hundred-year flood two years in a row, they started looking for a home in Dallas where they could settle in for a longer haul. They had long admired Swiss Avenue and would often pop the kids into the stroller and enjoy a walk up and down the block, but never imagined living there. 

 

After looking around in East Dallas and resigning to likely having to build something, they visited a house on Gaston one morning. Drew has a penchant for building and fixing and the idea of an older home appealed to him, but the layout of the Gaston house was going to be too challenging. They jokingly told their realtor “Find us something on Swiss, and we’ll talk.” That afternoon she shared that the people who originally put in an offer on 4938 Swiss had changed their minds; the house was back on the market and they should check it out. From the moment they walked onto the porch, they fell in love with the house. It was well maintained and clearly loved and they didn’t even know the incredible history as much as they do now. 

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Ella & Maggie in front of their home at 4938 Swiss

Before moving in, they gutted the back third of the house down to studs and floor joists (and sometimes beyond that to repair nearly 100-year fire damage) including the removal of an interior wall to open up the kitchen and dining area. They renovated the kitchen, mudroom and downstairs powder room, added a “cloffice” (closet office under the stairs), renovated the primary bathroom and closet and put in an exposed laundry room along with two windows upstairs. The result is a home that is historic with contemporary nods.

 

Next up is an extension on the back of the house to provide a bit more room to entertain their wonderful neighbors and friends along with a back yard makeover to include a pool. They hope to have that work done by the fall of this year. 

They value the surrounding neighborhoods, the warmth of everyone who lives here, the generosity and the proximity to downtown. They recently had lunch with previous owners of the house, Myra and Darwin Smith,  who put it best: "A city’s success depends on the strength of its center. If you let the center go to waste, you ruin the city." Swiss Avenue plays a vital role in preserving the past and future of Dallas and the Nadig feel  it is a privilege to be a part of that.

On the weekends, they love to visit Leila’s, which is owned by a dear friend, and there is not a week that goes by that they don’t swing by Taco Joint on Peak! Lauren always finds something wonderful at Tallulah & HESS and she and Drew like to try whatever is new at the Craft Beer Cellar, as well. 

When you see them along the Avenue, be sure to say, "Hello!"

Become One Of Our
District's Newest VIPs!

The Dallas Police Department periodically puts on Volunteers in Patrol (VIP) certification classes for qualified Dallas residents. VIPs are trained on police department operations, procedures, and analysis of crime statistics. After certification, VIPs organize according to neighborhood (i.e., SAHD) and perform two-person patrols designed to prevent and report on potential crimes. The training stresses and focuses on how VIPs should merely observe and report on suspicious or ongoing criminal activity. VIPs are never supposed to confront suspects or interfere with an ongoing crime.  

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On Saturday February 19, 2022, neighbors from the Swiss Avenue Historic District participated in the VIP training. Jean and David Dean, Jan Mohammed, Ken Kuesel, Zach Eccleston, Jeff Woodson, Paul Lockman, and Christine and Peter Loh all attended. Peter and Christine’s son, Petey, also attended but is ineligible for certification because he is a minor. Representatives from other neighborhood groups throughout Dallas were also in attendance. The session lasted about 4 hours and was very informative. 

 

The Alliance Against Crime has plans to meet and discuss the training and eventually begin to organize patrols. If you would like further information about the VIP program and how to become a VIP, please contact AAC Chairperson David Dean at ddean@dean.net.

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We've Made The Top Ten. Again.

A Critic's List Of The 100 Best Places
That Make Dallas And Its Architecture Unique 

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Dallas Morning News Architecture Critic, Mark Lamster, recently republished his list of the Top 100 locations that make Dallas and its architecture special among American cities. Our own Swiss Avenue Neighborhood is ranked #8. The Porch Life of Old East Dallas also made the list, it comes in at #77.

Here's the complete list:

1. The sense of drama walking the double-stair at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

2. The fountains of Fountain Place (and the tower, too).

3. The weathered aluminum forms of Atlas Metal Works.

4. The stalwart dignity of the Knights of Pythias Temple.

5. The native animals in mosaic on the floor of the Hall of State.

6. The Kirby Building, the Woolworth-style tower built by a beer magnate.

7. The way the Elbert Williams House in University Park shows its Texas roots.

8. The stately grace of Swiss Avenue.

9. Its less affluent doppelganger, South Boulevard.

10. The whimsical play structures at Pacific Plaza Park.

11. The way the Rolex Service Center building twists as it rises.

12. The delicate arches of the Houston Street Viaduct as seen from between the Trinity levees.

13. The enclave of fairy-tale homes by Charles Dilbeck in Cochran Heights.

14. The boho chic vibe of Bishop Arts.

15. The Kodachrome colors of West Jefferson Boulevard.

16. The cheery yellow neo-brutalism of the Webb Chapel Park Pavilion.

17. The townhouse scale of Travis and Buena Vista streets in Oak Lawn.

18. The dizzying concrete grid of One Main Place.

19. The simple decency of the Cottages at Hickory Crossing.

20. Walking the greenways of Greenway Parks.

21. The Crayola colors and sharp geometries of the Latino Cultural Center.

22. The Milliners Supply Co. Building, still holding out on Elm Street downtown.

23. The exquisite midcentury detailing of the Meadows Building.

24. The mod homes of the Disney Streets.

25. The vernacular pride of Historic Tenth Street.

26. The beaux-arts dignity of Ferris Plaza.

27. The polka dot skylights in the entry pavilion of the Dallas Zoo.

28. Cocktails on the terrace of the Nasher Sculpture Center on an opening night.

29. O’Neil Ford’s Bromberg House.

30. O’Neil Ford’s Haggerty House.

31. Looking up at the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge from the paths in the Trinity levees.

32. The brazen golden ingots of the Campbell Centre.

33. The modern opulence of the Gold Crest.

34. The stately pleasure of Bishop Boulevard at Southern Methodist University.

35. Sitting with a beverage and watching the action in Klyde Warren Park.

36. The mosaic façade of Saint Jude Chapel on Main Street.

37. The unapologetic glam of the Beck House on Strait Lane.

38. The plush comfort of Moody Performance Hall.

39. The Rat Pack swagger of the reborn Statler.

40. The soaring atrium and glass elevators of the Hyatt Regency.

41. The Purist forms of the Frito-Lay silos.

42. The deco style of the Dallas Power & Light Building.

43. The Wilson Building’s continental urbanity.

44. The sweet cloud that is the Interfaith Peace Chapel at the Cathedral of Hope.

45. Jorge Pardo’s colored tiles on the façade of 1217 Main.

46. The chandeliers at the Church of the Incarnation at the University of Dallas.

47. The out-of-nowhere corkscrew chapel of Thanks-Giving Square.

48. The stylized script NM door handles on the Neiman Marcus flagship.

49. The isolated quietude of Joppa.

50. The regal Eagle Apartments building in the Cedars.

51. The architectural petting zoo that is Dallas Heritage Village.

52. The brick tubes of O’Neil Ford’s St. John’s Episcopal.

53. The play of light on the punched metal façades of the Republic Bank Center.

54. The lithic power of Cistercian Abbey church.

55. The vertical force of the piers of the West End’s Kingman Implement building.

56. The view of downtown coming in over the Jefferson Viaduct.

57. The elemental wood-frame bird-blinds at the Trinity Audubon Center.

58. The way Mountain View College embraces the landscape.

59. The spatial experience of traveling up and under the High Five.

60. The marquee of the Majestic Theatre.

61. Deep Ellum’s loft aesthetic.

62. The bonkers roofline of Old Red.

63. The arcades at the Decorative Center in the Design District.

64. The view over White Rock Lake from the Test Pavilion at the Arboretum.

65. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gillin House: the Usonian goes elite.

66. The giant concrete numbers facing Northwest Highway on Fire Station 27.

67. The wiggy geometry of the College Park Park Pavilion.

68. The meandering stone steps of Reverchon Park.

69. The scale and detailing of Highland Park Village.

70. The International Style purity of the Magnolia Lounge at Fair Park.

71. The chunky red-orange address numerals of 211 Ervay. Also the baby blue panels.

72. The lose-yourself floor plan of the Dallas Museum of Art.

73. The structural system of Richland College.

74. The view of the Kalita Humphreys Theater along the banks of Turtle Creek.

75. The ethereal light at NorthPark Center in the afternoon.

76. The theatrical flare of the aluminum tube façades of the Wyly.

77. The charm of porch life in Old East Dallas.

78. The sheer dramatic force of City Hall.

79. The unexpected airy lightness of its interior.

80. The whitewashed deco lines of the former GLOCO station on Lamar in the Cedars.

81. The joyfully florid jumble that is the top of the Adolphus.

82. The Charco Broiler bull.

83. The Forest, Granada, Inwood, Kessler, Lakewood and Texas theaters.

84. The Harry Bertoia screen at the Public Library.

85. The cool gray brick and low lines of the Booker T. expansion.

86. The empty Tollway late at night.

87. The sense of community on the Katy Trail.

88. The gentle touch of Frank Welch at the Lamplighter School.

89. The modest bungalows of the M Streets.

90. The meandering paths along Exall Lake.

91. The architectural goodie bag that is the Greenhill School.

92. The calming luminosity of Lefkowitz Chapel at Temple Emanu-El.

93. The shadow play of the concrete sunscreen of 3525 Turtle Creek.

94. The old-Hollywood style of the Maple Terrace Apartments.

95. The white block of First Unitarian Church on Preston Road.

96. The white block of the Rachofsky House on Preston Road.

97. The exposed concrete structural system of Paul Rudolph’s Brookhollow Plaza.

98. The elemental simplicity of the columbarium at Saint Michael and All Angels.

99. The block of Exposition Avenue leading to Fair Park.

100. The Woofus.

Second Saturdays

 
Aldredge House

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STEP BACK TO A SIMPLER TIME

JOIN US ON THE SECOND SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH
FOR LIVING HISTORY TOURS AT ALDREDGE HOUSE

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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 Second 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

PROUDLY PRESENTED BY: FRIENDS OF ALDREDGE HOUSE

To rsvp for the tour, or for more information, Email us at:

info@friendsofaldredgehouse.org

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November 2021

President's Letter

Dear neighbors, 

 

It is my pleasure to write to you for the first time since becoming president of the District. We are entering a season of change. October brings fall colors and a lowering of the temperatures. We are also experiencing (hopefully) an end to the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes are ushering in a return to (a sort of) normal. 

 

Outreach 

 

On October 16, the Risa Weinberger-led Outreach Committee conducted an alley cleanup. Over 20 of our neighbors walked the alleys of the District and picked up garbage and debris. Collectively we picked up 220+ pounds of garbage and debris over 2.5 miles of alleys.  Thank you to everyone who participated. 

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Halloween

 

We will also welcome back trick-or-treaters back to the District for the first time since before the pandemic. As in years past, we will have off-duty Dallas police officers in the neighborhood directing traffic at Munger and Swiss and providing extra security. 

 

Alliance Against Crime

 

David Dean is our new chair of the Alliance Against Crime Committee. David has done a great job getting neighbors involved. One great new development is the AAC’s use of the GroupMe Mobile App to communicate the latest information in our fight against neighborhood crime. Special thanks to Kelly Gordon who took the lead on creating the app and recruiting neighbors to participate. Please contact Kelly Gordon (kellypgordon@gmail.com) for instructions on how to join the GroupMe AAC Group. It is easy!  

 

Home Tour

 

One of my priorities as President is the revival of Home Tour. I view the Tour as one of the most important things we do as a neighborhood. It provides the District with much needed financial resources and is a wonderful celebration of our efforts at historic preservation. The Home Tour does not happen without the support and commitment of many of our neighbors. If you would like to put your home on Tour and/or volunteer, please let me or our Tour Chairperson Nancy Phillips (nancy@teamphillipsinc.com) know as soon as possible.  

 

I am honored to serve as your President of the District for the next year. Please let me know if you have any questions or are interested in serving the District in any way.

 

Be safe and I will see you in the District!

 

Christine Reagan Loh

214-732-7227

christinereaganloh@yahoo.com

Halloween Houses

We would like to congratulate the winners of the 2021 Best Halloween House Contest and thank each of our neighbors who went all-out to decorate our District for the holiday.

2021 Winner

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5703 Swiss Avenue

Amelia & Michael Hartman

Honorable Mentions

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5902 Swiss Avenue

Rachel & Steve Goniwiecha
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6322 Bryan Parkway

Anthony Barbier
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5603 Swiss Avenue

Alex & Daniel Watters
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5650 Swiss Avenue

Wes Smith
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4912 Swiss Avenue

Marjo & Dion Dyer
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2020

Yard Of  The Year

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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.

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

[LEARN MORE]

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Swiss Avenue

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

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.

Bring Home

The Bronze

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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.

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