Architecture at Risk Revisited
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    1. Historic Alamo Courts Signage   

It's a story everyone knows.  

1. Owner demolishes aging motor court for future development and promises the preservation community to preserve the iconic sign on the property.

2. Owner begins floating ideas about moving the sign off the property and the preservation community, the public and the press reminds him he would not.

3. Owner says he will salvage the sign rather than preserve it and scatter it's parts across the development which in effect would destroy the sign.

All of Oak Cliff wants to support the Sylvan/Thirty development and wants it to succeed.  Much of Oak Cliff wants the Alamo sign preserved, in itact and on the historic roadway.  

There is still time to do the right thing and listen to the wishes of the community and have a happy ending.

The beautiful sign is imprisoned only a few blocks away.

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2. Humble Station /  On February 19, 2014 one of the remaining two existing historic Humble Service Stations in the State of Texas was demolished.  
 



The destroyed historic intersection.

 
3. Jefferson Blvd. / From our 2011 list, Jefferson Blvd. is seeing some of the largest investment occurring in decades.  Recent acquisition of the Jefferson Towers block by Jim Lake Co. has added a much needed burst of energy into the once grand boulevard.  The success of the Texas Theater and the Oak Cliff Film Festival plus new restaurants like Mesa and old favorites like El Ranchito and Gonzalez Restaurant continue to bring fresh faces to the historic area.  The boulevard is part of Mayor Rawlings Grow/South initiative and Councilman Scott Griggs is putting the finishing touches on new zoning for the area.  

A total of $9,318,000.00 is being invested in Jefferson Blvd.  Of this amount, the City provided $1,845,000 in Public Private Partnership program funding support.


 
5. Sharrack Cabin / The 1847 structure was Landmarked by the City of Dallas in 2012 but a recent visit to the site revealed the protective tarp was torn leaving the structure exposed.  No apparent work had been done to the fragile barn.  It is held together with pegs as it predates the invention of nails.  The City of Dallas Parks Department is in charge of the historic site.

Much thanks to Park Board member Barbara Barbee, Councilman Scott Griggs and Park Department's Willis Winters and Trent Williams for quickly replacing the cabin tarp with a much better tarp.  

Barbara Barbee and Councilman Scott Griggs asked that the historic site be placed on the Park Board agenda.  On Thursday June 7, 2014, the Park Board voted to spend $300,000.00 to secure and shelter the historic structures.
 






 
6. Tenth St. Historic District



The past two years have been favorable for Tenth Street Historic District. Rebuilding Together of Greater Dallas has organized two workdays so far, one in September 2013 and the most recent in April 2014. Several area non-profit and volunteer groups participated to improve nine Tenth Street properties this past April, including the former commercial structure at 102 N. Cliff, once Cliff Grocery, now the Mendez family home. OOCCL awarded a grant to Rebuilding Together last fall, for sign toppers to mark the District.



American Care Academy hosts neighborhood and Crime Watch meetings and has been a strong voice within the community. 2000 Roses Foundation has been rehabilitating a home at 220 N. Cliff and a future Community Center at 1103 E. 9th Street, formerly Lighthouse Tabernacle Church.



CityDesign Studio has held workshops to gather community input and neighborhood needs as part of LINC: Leveraging & Improving Neighborhood Connections. Building Community Workshop received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Trinity Trust Foundation, and the Dorothea Leanhardt Foundation to embark on a project called Activating Vacancy, to explore how design and art can re-imagine the spaces and community of Tenth Street. The first art installation named Noah’s Ark was on view this past spring in the parking lot behind Greater El Bethel Church. Neighborhood Stories about Tenth Street can be viewed on the bcWORKSHOP website, as an effort to document and record history.



Years of efforts by many groups has helped Tenth Street Historic District, yet future development plans are still in the infancy stage. The Historic District has been linked to the City’s study of Eighth Street Corridor and The Bottom, which will include commercial development to support the neighborhood.
 
7. T. P. Coal & Oil Station / 247 E. Davis was on our 2012 list.  New owners, Dallas Can Academy has re-purposed as the Pier 247 seafood restaurant. 

Originally purchased for a parking lot, Bishop/Davis zoning didn't allow you to provide extra parking inside the Conservation District until you satisfied your own parking to save buildings.  The building had to stay for this to happen.  This is one part of Bishop/Davis that worked in preservationist's favor.
 


8. Lark Owen Daniel Mansion / The Landmark mansion was on our 2011 list and continues to deteriorate.  A new realtor has the listing so perhaps movement will occur soon.  For information on the property please call Dallas City Center Realtors at 214-515-9888.


9. 400 W. Page was on our 2012 Architecture at Risk List as well as Preservation Dallas's Most Endangered Historic Places list of 2007.  Recent efforts look wonderful and are night and day from before.