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SAHDNA • PO Box 140998 • Dallas, Texas 75214

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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

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Beacon Street
Bryan Street
Bryan Parkway
La Vista Drive
Live Oak Street
Swiss Avenue

NOVEMBER

MONTHLY

MEETING

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

6:30 PM – Social

7:00 PM – Meeting

St. Matthew’s Cathedral

Great Hall, 5100 Ross Avenue

 

Please join us for the November Monthly Meeting of the 2019/2020 Board of Directors of the SAHDNA.

Committee Chairs will be updating residents on recent events of interest, including Alliance Against Crime activity, Planning & Zoning issues, Home Tour planning, Financials, and upcoming Social Events.

 

We encourage everyone to attend.

Check back closer to the meeting date for the November agenda & October meeting minutes

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

PROUDLY PRESENTED BY: FRIENDS OF ALDREDGE HOUSE

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 $150. 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.

5002 Swiss Avenue