At the corner of Zang and Beckley rests a small building once center stage to early zoning battles in the city of Dallas. Despite controversial beginnings the Humble Oil Service Station has remained a reminder of simpler times in Oak Cliff even as the neighborhood has changed. With its impending demolition, a small slice of [...]Continue Reading →
There has been much discussion about the economics of historic preservation: it has shown to create jobs, increase tourism, and be a sustainable tool for redevelopment. Another benefit of preserving structures is their ability to attract location scouts for film productions.
During October film crews were in town for the filming of “ Continue Reading →
A Supergraphic advertisement rising on the wall of 1920 Elm Street in 2010 was the main culprit for major changes in the area. The pocket park located at Harwood/Elm was adversely affected (see this post for more information) and the district’s image as a whole was compromised by a non-compatible form of large-scale advertising.
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807 Elm Street was not loved by many people. It wasn’t an ornate Art Deco or Mid Century architectural masterpiece. It never housed a famous retailer or impacted the City’s development. The struggles associated with the building’s demise does, however, offer a good study and warning for neglected structures within all historic districts and neighborhoods. [...]Continue Reading →
Preservation Dallas today published its 2010 Most Endangered List, which each year raises awareness of neglected or threatened historic buildings throughout the city. Among the structures on the list is 508 Park Avenue (the former Warner Brothers Film Exchange), a contributing property in the Harwood Historic District. A significant Art Deco structure, this property is [...]Continue Reading →
The story of the Harwood Historic District is a story of change, adaptation and resilience.
Once located in a quiet area on the outskirts of a frontier town, Harwood Street quickly became a major spine connecting people with places. Wealthy neighborhoods to the south were connected to important municipal, fraternal and religious destinations; entertainment facilities were connected to [...]Continue Reading →
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