In celebration of National Preservation Month during the month of May, Preservation Dallas will embark on a series of events to raise awareness about the importance of historic preservation in Dallas. To continue and broaden the dialogue, Preservation Dallas will tie the month-long celebration in with the 50th anniversary of National Historic Preservation Act. In partnership with several groups, a slate of free and ticketed public events, exhibits, talks, and tours will punctuate the month by spotlighting historic places that matter in Dallas. National, state and local experts will share insights on preserving cultural heritage and why preservation matters in hopes of getting North Texans talking about how sheltering a city’s history lays the foundation for its future growth.
A city’s essence derives from its history and its buildings. It is what attracts people to it, and gives them a foundation on which to build. It is the reason for our steady preservation drumbeat at Preservation Dallas. During National Preservation Month, we hope everyone will take time to notice and celebrate the unique historic places that make Dallas special, give it character, and distinguish it from other cities across the nation.
Below are events during the month organized by Preservation Dallas or its partners:
May 2-31, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Architectural Styles of Dallas Exhibit
Dallas City Hall, first floor lobby
1500 Marilla St., Dallas, TX 75201
Experience an engaging exhibit which highlights 27 unique architectural styles found in Dallas. The hallmarks of each style are explained through text and photographs of local examples that showcase the styles and bring the exhibit to life.
May 17, 6-8 p.m.
Pour Yourself Into History
Sons of Hermann Hall
3414 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75226
Join Preservation Dallas Young Professionals and the Dallas Historical Society for the a special talk from John Slate, City of Dallas Archivist, at the historic Sons of Herman Hall in Deep Ellum. The Dallas Sons of Hermann Hall is a Historic Landmark comprised of two Texas lodges; Dallas #22 and Columbia #66. Dallas Lodge #22 was chartered in 1890 as Uhland Lodge #22 and Columbia Lodge #66 was chartered in 1893. In 1910 the Dallas lodges (out of necessity and, more importantly, unity) pooled their resources and built the hall at 3414 Elm. The grand opening was held in April of 1911. The Sons of Hermann Hall is very fortunate to have many life-long members of both lodges willing to share their memories of the Hall in days gone by. The Historical Committee of the Sons of Hermann Hall continues to assemble an extensive collection of memorabilia, which adorns the walls and glass cases through the hall. Many amazing musicians have played at Sons of Hermann Hall, come see the collection of photos of those that have helped to create the rich musical history at Sons of Hermann Hall. For more information go here.
May 19, 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Park Cities Historical and Preservation Society 5th Annual Distinguished Speaker Luncheon
Dallas Country Club
4155 Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75205
Join the Park Cites Historical and Preservation Society for their annual Distinguished Speaker Luncheon at the Dallas Country Club. The speaker this year will be Katherine Seale, Chair of the Dallas Landmark Commission, who will speak on “Historic Preservation in the Context of Change.” Proceeds from the luncheon will fund scholarships at Highland Park High School for graduating seniors who plan to study architecture, history, preservation, or another major related to the preservation of our heritage. For more information or purchase tickets click here.
May 19, 6 – 8 p.m.
Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Dallas
Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
2719 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201
Preservation Dallas and The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture are bringing together a panel of representatives from the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, Dallas Mexican American Historical League and Remembering Black Dallas to explore their challenges and successes in preserving their cultural heritage in a time when many cultural groups no longer live in tight-knit communities in localized areas of the city. A reception begins at 6 p.m. with the panel discussion starting at 6:30 p.m. Click here to find out more and to register for the event.
May 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Preservation Dallas Spring Architectural Tour
$35 for members, $50 for non-members
This year the annual spring tour will feature Preservation Dallas award winning projects around the city for people to enjoy and learn from the outstanding preservation efforts of their owners. Click here for more information on the tour.
May 24, 6:00 p.m.
InTown Outing to Cannon’s English Village in Oak Cliff
1314 West Davis Street, Dallas, TX 75208
Free for Preservation Dallas or OOCCL members, $20 for non-members
Preservation Dallas and the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League will host a tour of the unique Tudor style 1922 commercial building known as Cannon’s Village located on Davis Street in Oak Cliff. A recent renovation brought the derelict building back to life with new commercial spaces on the first floor and apartments on the second floor. Call the Preservation Dallas office to make a reservation for the tour at 214-821-3290 or email.
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