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your home's curb appeal starts at the sidewalk

– Improve The Visual Appearance Of Your Sidewalk –

– Reduce Your Risk Of Liability From Accident Claims –

– Pay Only A Fraction Of The Improvement Cost –

Sign Up For The City's Sidewalk Replacement Cost-Share Program

An opportunity to have the City of Dallas cover 75% of the cost of an improvement to your property does not come along very often. So, take advantage of it when you can. If the sidewalk spanning your property's frontage is in need of repair, the city will split the cost with you 50-50 and The Swiss Avenue Historic District will reimburse you for 50% of the remaining half you pay. That means you pay only 25% of the total replacement cost. You get a great deal! Plus, a more safe and beautiful curb appeal.

To Register For The Cost-Share Program, Call 214-948-4127 or 214-948-4287

–OR–

If your sidewalk's surface is still in decent shape, with little-to-no crumbling, chipping or breaking, and all it needs to make it more walkable is a realignment of its separate sections, consider another affordable option: Instead of repaving it, level it.

Contact Hargrave, Inc. to request a quote for leveling your sidewalk or driveway.

if all you need is levelinG,we can straighten you out.

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, 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

Bring Home

The Bronze

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 files on 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.