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El Tivoli Place History
In Deed Volume 2433, a Warranty Deed from St. Paul's Hospital, a corporation, by W. M. Robinson,
Pastor of St Cecilia Church to El Tivoli, Inc. for a sum of $25,000.00 for 59.9224 acres of land. This
tract includes the 5.66 acres sold to W. M. Robinson in Volume 2207. The Deed in Volume 2433 was
executed on 3 November 1943 and filed for record on 10 November 1943.
The last mention of the El Tivoli Club activities was in January 1940. It was later mentioned in August
1942 after the name had been changed to Villa. That brings us up to our El Tivoli addition and when
At least two famous people came out of what was to become El Tivoli Place. The first was Julien
Reverchon, who became a world renowned botanist and naturalist. Reverchon Park in Dallas was named
for him. The second was golf pro Lloyd Mangrum. He worked at the golf club as a caddy and doing odd
jobs while his brother, Ray, worked as a pro at the club. Lloyd later was inducted into World Golf Hall
of Fame and the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. A third famous person was Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Her
only connection to El Tivoli was that she played her first game of golf at the El Tivoli Golf Club in
1932, and her caddy was-Lloyd Mangrum.
The Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division on the 7th floor of the Dallas Central Library is a
rich source of Dallas historical material. Staff member Michael Miller assisted my research on the
El Tivoli development. I had been told by Judge Fite, the local realtor, when we were in the process
of buying our house in 1955, that these houses were built in 1944. We began with the City of Dallas
Building Inspectors Record Books in the years 1943-1944. Not knowing who owned the property or
who built the houses I searched for an address. I began with 1 January 1943, page by page,
searching the City Building Inspectors Record Book, a huge volume about 4 inches thick and
measures roughly about 20 X 21 inches. In the month of April 1944 I finally found my "gold mine"!
The land was owned by El Tivoli, Incorporated, but no individual name was given as head of the
Corporation. Several streets were named and house numbers given. Each listing read the same-5
room dwelling, price $2,550. The contractors were Kucharo Construction Company, of Des Moines,
Iowa, and Union Construction Company, also of Des Moines, Iowa. Their local office was located
at 2715 West Davis Street. It seemed that was the address for all business activity in the area. I later
found out that Kucharo Construction had built several dormitory halls for the college in Des Moines
back in early 1930's before coming to Texas to build our humble abodes.
Now, I had to find out who owned the land. DGS member Alvin Harper met me at the Records
Building in downtown Dallas and walked me through the process he went through when he
researched his neighborhood. Using the Grantee and Grantor Deeds, I learned that A. P. Simons
owned the land and was head of El Tivoli, Incorporated He had bought the land from St. Paul's
Hospital and St. Cecilia Church. On November 3, 1943, Warranty Deeds Volume 2433, pages 117-
119, recorded the sale of59.9224 acres of A[nson] McCracken Survey to El Tivoli, Incorporated,
from St. Paul's Hospital et al. and St. Cecilia Church et al. A release was made and recorded on 23
February 1944 by both St. Paul's Hospital et al. and St. Cecilia Church et al. E. D.
A Release from St. Paul's Hospital to El Tivoli, Inc., executed on 23 February 1944 for the 59.9224
acres of land in A McCracken Survey, is found in Deed Book 2460 page 644-645 in the Records
Building in Dallas, Dallas, Texas.
By 1943, builder A. P. Simons announced construction would begin on 200 houses on a 60-acre tract
fronting Davis Street, west of Kessler Boulevard, now Plymouth Road. This land was formerly the
Reverchon Estate and later the El Tivoli Golf Course. Simons purchased the land for $50,000. from St.
Paul's Hospital and St. Cecilia Catholic Church. The newspaper article mentioned that the houses would
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