Protecting the history and culture of Dallas

Founded in 1972, we are a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of our city’s historic buildings, neighborhoods and places. We do so by championing initiatives that value the history and culture of places throughout the community, enhancing the quality of life and economic development of our great city.


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Meet 714 N. Beacon, the 2024 Gail Thoma Patterson Award winner!

Most noteworthy of Tam Pham’s 2024 Preservation Achievement Award is that it is her fifth award in her own neighborhood of Junius Heights. Her company, Steel Toe Stiletto, has been restoring homes in Junius Heights since its first year of designation as a historic district, almost two decades. Tam is putting her effort where her mouth is by revitalizing the area, one dilapidated house at a time. This abandoned 1916 arts and crafts home was left for dead and about to be demolished until neighbors stepped in to save it from the excavator. Hear more of this heartwarming tale and others at the 25th anniversary Preservation Achievement Awards on May 21st.

To read more about 714 N. Beacon and its preservation journey, visit the link below to read today’s Candy’s Dirt article about the project!

Link: candysdirt.com/2024/05/16/what-is-receivership-preservation-dallas-honors-its-use-to-pull-a-juniu...
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Awesome job!

Allison Chambers

Gail would approve. She liked can-do women.

SUCH a good restoration!

Way to go Pham Family! ❤️🎉

Amazing!

Beautiful resoration, but I don't know why the go drab gray! Go with the colors of the time! Pinks, greens, blues, yellow's! All the flippers now are boring w/ the boring colors they use. Buying up the homes, but NOT restoring them as they were!

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Meet the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School Gymnasium, a Preservation Achievement Awards winner!

A historic neighborhood staple, the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School Gymnasium is an example of a structure, once neglected and vandalized, being fully rehabilitated and returned to the community as a center of educational opportunity for urban youth.

We hope you will join us on May 21st at the Kalita Humphreys Theater to celebrate the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School Gymnasium and the rest of this year’s winners at the 25th Annual Preservation Achievement Awards ceremony. Visit the link below to purchase your tickets today!

Link: www.eventbrite.com/e/871808351247?aff=oddtdtcreator
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Meet the Longhorn Ballroom, a Preservation Achievement Awards winner!

The iconic Longhorn Ballroom, which opened as Bob Wills’ Ranch House in 1950, has been called, “Texas’ Most Historic Music Venue”. Originally owned and operated by O.L. Nelms as a music venue for Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, it was one of the greatest venues in its day, hosting music artists such as, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Willie Nelson and Nat King Cole.

The venue included a dance floor accommodating 2,000 people along with a restaurant, bar, retail and an outdoor area. With its iconic barn-shaped neon signage and longhorn steer, the 74-year old building has recently been restored and is again hosting music acts and leading community revitalization.

We hope you will join us to celebrate Longhorn Ballroom and the rest of this year’s winners on May 21st at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. Visit the link below to purchase your tickets today!

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Excellent! Cannibas said developers were hovering until Covid hit

Danced on that floor a few times.

Thankful someone stepped up to save this Dallas treasure.

Meet Edgefield Garage, a Preservation Achievement Awards winner!

Built in 1923 on the corner of Edgefield and Clarendon Drive, the Edgefield Garage was remodeled and repurposed after almost 100 years of automotive use. The Spanish Eclectic red brick façade with cast stone details and green tile roof was still in great condition. The exterior metal canopy and building trim was repaired and painted. The flat roof of the main building was replaced, and HVAC was installed. The original pressed metal ceilings and plaster walls were preserved. Windows and doors were replaced, new restrooms were added, and demising walls were built to create three leasable spaces.

We hope you will join us on May 21st at the Kalita Humphreys Theater to celebrate Edgefield Garage and the rest of our fantastic Preservation Achievement Award winners! Tickets can be purchased from the link below.

Link: www.eventbrite.com/e/25th-annual-preservation-achievement-awards-tickets-871808351247?utm-campaig...
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Meet Marnell House, a Preservation Achievement Award winner!

Marnell House was originally built c. 1910, at 400 W Tenth Street by Texas & Pacific Railway accountant Lawrence Marnell. After Marnell’s death, the structure was modified to accommodate boarders until 2019. Then the structure was relocated to Fouraker Street near Davis Street. The remodeled interior preserved the classic four-square with original built-ins. Wood flooring, doors, windows, and fireplace features, along with salvaged wallcovering pieces that were repurposed as artwork, created the home’s original farmhouse character. The Marnell House renovations were completed in 2023, as a single-family residence for out-of-town visitors of Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters.

We hope you will join us to celebrate the Marnell House and the rest of our winners at the 25th Annual Preservation Achievement Awards! Tickets can be purchased from the link below.

Link: www.eventbrite.com/e/25th-annual-preservation-achievement-awards-tickets-871808351247?aff=oddtdtc...
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Meet the Beverly Casa, the 2024 Preservation Education Award winner! 4409 Beverly home was built in 1929 with distinctive Italianate origin...
Meet 714 N. Beacon, the 2024 Gail Thoma Patterson Award winner! Most noteworthy of Tam Pham’s 2024 Preservation Achievement Award is tha...


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