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Building Research

Do you live in a historic house, or are you thinking about buying an older home, and want to research its history? Do you see an old building every day as you drive to work and wonder what its story is?

Here are resources that will help you find that information.


Preservation Dallas maintains a collection of books, periodicals and files that can help you research the history and architectural style of your home and learn specific techniques to use in its rehabilitation. We also have information about the history of Dallas neighborhoods and resources on specific topics such as appropriate period landscapes. The Resource Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact us at 214.821.3290 or EMAIL for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Due to COVID-19, the Resource Center is temporarily closed to visitors but please contact us to look up information.


The Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division of the Dallas Public Library maintains a collection of Dallas city directories, Sanborn Maps, newspapers, building permit log books, and other resources that can be used to research the history of an old house or old building. The library’s online guide offers more information about available resources and tips for researching the history of a building.

1515 Young Street, 7th floor
Dallas, TX 75201

library website

View the research guide

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