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El Tivoli Place History
Most Dallas Morning News articles about the club pertained to golf activities, both men's and women's
leagues. The women were active at the club and made use of the facilities with their bridge club
meetings in addition to their golf games. Numerous parties were held at the Country Club; including
some "all-nighters." Businesses and organizations held their meetings at the club. Conventioneers were
feted at the club. By 1936 the night club had changed its name to El Tivoli Supper Club.
According to the Dallas City Directories, the supper club was going by the name "Villa - The Caterers,"
but the golf club was still El Tivoli. Nick Poulos was the manager, probably of both clubs. He began
working at the Club as a waiter and worked his way up to manager.
In Deed Volume 2186 dated 14 September 1938, St. Paul's Hospital granted a lease to Nick Poulos of a
tract of land generally known as the Freeman Place, (the land being given by Mr. Freeman to the
Hospital) and being the farm formerly of Julien Reverchon and consisting of about seventy eight (78)
acres. The land was leased for two hundred dollars ($200) per month for a period of five (5) years. Mr.
Poulos was to improve the land as a golf course and keep up the clubhouse, the Dal-Oak Tourist Camp,
and all other structures. When the lease expired, all structures, improvements, etc. were to go to St. Paul
Hospital. The conditions to be controlled by Mr. Poulos were that any public eating place on the
premises would be operated as a clubhouse or first-class eating place, that he should supervise the
personnel of the patrons and the employees, that rowdiness or unbecoming conduct would not be
permitted. The place would be operated as a first-class golf course and amusement place. The old stone
house erected by the early French settlers should be preserved along with the standing timbers and
shrubbery. If he wanted to remove any of the fences, he had to place stone or masonry, or other
substantial materials, to mark where they stood, to prevent removal or destruction of the monument. [It
appears St. Paul's Hospital was trying to preserve the historical cottage that was the Reverchon's home. E. D.]
One other condition was that Mr. Poulos was to let the nurses employed by St. Paul's have free use of
the amusements four (4) times a year but not to include Saturday, Sunday, or holidays. He must carry
insurance on the improvements and in case of fire or tornado the insurance proceeds would be used to
rebuild the destroyed improvements. This lease was filed and recorded for record on 26 February 1940
in Dallas County Court.
I wonder why it took one and one-half years to file this lease. I found the address of the Tourist
Camp was 2515 West Davis. That would be just west of what is now Terrace Boulevard. I also found
that the Dallas Automobile Club was a sponsor of the Tourist Camp. E. D.
On the 28th day of May, 1940, Nick Poulos signed a Quit Claim Deed to St. Paul Hospital for the
property he leased in 1938, for the sum of one dollar ($1.00). [This found in Volume 2207 of Deed
Records in the Records Building Dallas, Dallas, Texas.]
As this lease to Poulos was for five years I wonder why he turned the land back to St. Paul's
Hospital. Could this have been when Mr. Simons began negotiating to buy the land or was Mr.
Poulos not fulfilling his part of the lease? E. D.
On 29 May 1940, the day after Nick Poulos signed a Quit Claim to St. Paul's, the Board of Directors of
St. Paul's Hospital met. A resolution was offered and adopted to sell a part of the 75 acres conveyed by
Robert M Freeman to Saint Paul's Sanitarium on 10 July 1909, to W. M. Robinson, Pastor, St. Cecilia
On 28 May 1940, in Deed Volume 2207, a General Warranty Deed from St. Paul's Hospital, in
consideration of $7,410, conveyed to W. M. Robinson, Pastor, St. Cecilia Church 4.90 acres of land,
more or less, of the Anson McCracken Survey.
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