Preservation Dallas presented the 16th Annual Preservation Achievement Awards on April 8th at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown Dallas. The event recognized outstanding efforts to preserve the historic places of Dallas and those persons or organizations who have contributed to the preservation of the city’s history and places. Kourtny Garret of Downtown Dallas Inc. served as Master of Ceremony for the event. The Awards event was followed by a reception in the Crystal Ballroom at the Cathedral.
At the awards a special tribute was given to Swiss Avenue Historic District for its pioneering role as the first historic district in Dallas. David Preziosi, Executive Director of Preservation Dallas commented “before the Swiss Avenue Historic District was established in 1973 it was almost destroyed by high-rise development and disinvestment. The homeowners at that time banded together to protect the incredible neighborhood and through historic district status and many years of investment by property owners the historic district is now the crown jewel of east Dallas. It stands as the finest example of an early 20th century planned neighborhood with an eclectic mix of houses representing virtually every popular residential design style of the day. The Swiss Avenue Historic District is truly a success story and one that blazed a trail for other future historic districts in Dallas to follow.” Hear more about the Swiss Avenue Historic District by watching the video below:
Preservation Dallas gave Preservation Achievement Awards to the following projects:
In addition, special recognition awards for contributions to preservation were presented.
The founders of the Historic Preservation League (Preservation Dallas) received the Dorothy Savage Award and you can hear more about that story by watching the video below: