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Support Our Lipscomb Lions!

If you love our East Dallas community like we do, a great way to support it is by donating to our local schools. A strong school makes a strong community. North Texas Giving Day is Thursday, September 23rd, but you can start donating now! Your donation goes to fulfilling the teacher wish list, feeding kids that may need food over the weekend and/or teacher appreciation events.

 

This year Talulah & HESS will be matching funds up to 10k! Go donate now at:

 

https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/WilliamLipscombPTA

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Our Place In History:

How One Venerable Old Neighborhood Became The First Historic District In The City Of Dallas

This brief documentary, created for the occasion of The Swiss Avenue Historic District receiving the 2015 Preservation Achievement Award from Preservation Dallas, explains how and why Swiss Avenue and the surrounding streets (Beacon, Bryan Parkway, Bryan Street, La Vista, and Live Oak) became, collectively, in 1973, the first Historic District in the City of Dallas.

The Swiss Avenue Historic District

Extending Best Wishes to all our Fellow Americans on this, our 245th Birthday! To all members of our Military, active and retired, Thank You and God Bless You for your service, sacrifice, and devotion to your Country.

Salutes America

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Join Us For Our Neighborhood's
 Annual Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 21st
7:00 PM 
Via ZOOM Conference Call

We encourage all residents of the District to join us for our Annual Neighborhood Board Meeting, the only meeting of the year when every resident over the age of 18 has a vote! We will be voting to seat our Board of Directors for the 2021/2022 operating year, At-Large Board Members, Block Directors, Alternate Block Directors, and Committee Chairs. We will also be voting on the proposed line items in our budget for the coming year. 

Please refer to the upcoming email from Jean Dean, our neighborhood secretary, for the meeting agenda and login information

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE ON THE ZOOM CALL

Bouquet of Peonies

2020

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.

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

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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

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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 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

PROUDLY PRESENTED BY: FRIENDS OF ALDREDGE HOUSE

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.

Bring Home

The Bronze

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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