Preservation Dallas presented the 15th Annual Preservation Achievement Awards on May 14th at the historic Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. Outstanding efforts to preserve the historic places of Dallas were recognized along with the people that contribute to the preservation of the city’s history. Catherine Cuellar of the Dallas Arts District served as the Master of Ceremony this year at the awards event. Following the awards presentation was a reception in the lobby of the theatre.
Preservation Dallas gave Preservation Achievement Awards to the following projects:
In addition, special recognition awards for contributions to preservation were presented.
The 2014 awards also included a special tribute to the Bishop Arts District. The transformation of the historic commercial area centered on Bishop Avenue and Seventh Street has been nearly 30 years in the making. By the 1920s Martin Weiss had built most of the buildings on Bishop Avenue seen today. The area continued to grow and expand through the 1950s; however, in the 1960s the area began to decline as the commercial area was shunned in favor of newly built shopping centers. By the 1980s there were few businesses left and the majority of the buildings were boarded up. Since then an incredible transformation has taken place in the area now known as the Bishop Arts District, an area that has become such a success and thriving destination for the City of Dallas.