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Page 2 Historic Dallas July-August 1986
From the Executive Director
The President's Report
League Has Active Year
League Aims High
by Jim Bratton
Reflecting over the past year, I am
struck by the dramatic increase in the
League's programs and activities over
the previous two years. This is due,
in large part, to an enthusiastic, active
board of trustees who continue to
encourage our growth; to increased
public awareness (we are getting more
positive press than we have in years);
and to the addition of our special
projects coordinator, Carolyn Hudson.
The Arnold House continues to be alive
with activities. Hardly a day passes
that we are not holding committee
meetings or planning special activities.
Our new Volunteer Auxiliary, headed
by super-volunteer Carla Nix, is giving
greatly needed support to our programs.-
Mary Anne Joseph, one of the League's
best assets, continues to keep our day-
to-day operations in tip-top shape.
While the League's total membership
is down from over previous years, we
raised more moneyin 1985-86 than ever
before. We are starting to feel the
slowdown in the economy, like so many
other non-profit organizations, how-
ever, we are accepting the challenge
of decreased corporate giving by making
an all-out effort to increase our general
-The year had many highlights, but
two stand out as very special. First,
in March the League received the Texas
Historical Commission's highest honor,
the Ruth Lester Award, for meritorious
service in historic preservation. Pre-
vious winners of this prestigious-award
have include Lady Bird Johnson, the
San Antonio Conservation Society and
Dallas' own Lindalyn Adams. The
announcement at our Toast to Texas
Celebration of the publication of A
Guide To The Older Neighborhoods of
Dallas certainly will remain as one of
the most important moments of the
year. Two years in the making, this
exciting guide to 31 Dallas neighbor-
hoods quickly reached the number two
spot on The Dallas Morning News best-
seller list. Here, in summary are some
of the accomplishments and activities
of the Historic Preservation League
during fiscal year 1985-86. Special
thanks to Jim McElwain for his capable
leadership and to all of the officers,
trustees and volunteers who made this
year one of our best.
-League co-hosts reception for Nellie
Longsworth, president of the national
preservation lobby, Preservation
Action, and members of the Dallas
congressional delegation. ~
-Nomination of the Jacob and Eliza
Spake House in the State-Thomas
Historic District to the National Reg-
ister of Historic Places supported by
-El Gallito sign designated as City
of Dallas Historic Landmark Sign with
-League publicly urges the preser-
vation of David, Crockett Elementary
School, asking for full cooperation of
the Dallas Independent School District,
City of Dallas Planning Department
and Crockett community
-Second annual neighborhood cele-
bration held at El Gallito Cafe.
-Shlaes & Co. report on the eco-
nomic impact of preservation in Texas
sent to congressional delegation.
-The Costello Home in Highland
Park, donated to the League in
December, finds a new home at Old
- -Neighborhood leaders meet at
Arnold House to discuss extended
-League members work for success-
ful passage of $9.4-million-dollar bond
package for renovation of Fair Park.
-League hires national preservation
expert Russell Keune to consult on
restoration of the Magnolia Lounge at
Fair Park. -
-Board of Trustees endorses concept.
of high-density residential development
surrounding State-Thomas Historic
-League holds first annual volunteer
-Board of Trustees agrees to have
League serve as parent sponsor for
Munger Boulevard median project.
-League plans and co-sponsors "A
Celebration of Dallas Architecture,"
a seminar attended by over 400 people,
and a reception honoring Doug Tom-
linson and David Dillon, authors of
Dallas Architecture 1 936-1 986 at The
-Ron Emrich completes League-
sponsored survey of historic resources
located within the 1940 Dallas city
-Trustees hold day-long planning
retreat to establish goals and direct
organization's future activities.
-League receives Texas Historical
Commission Certificate of Commen-
dation for outstanding activities; Trus-
tee Virginia McAlester receives Dallas
County Historical Commission's high-
est honor, the John Neely Bryan Award;
Executive DirectorJim Bratton receives
the Dallas County Historical Commis-
sioQ's 1985 Professional Award.
-A valuable collection of 2,000 old
photographs, mostly Dallas and North
Texas scenes taken in the 1920s, is
donated to the League by trustee
Michael Brown. League donates col-
lection to the Dallas Public Library.
-League hires Stashka Szicko,
renowned art conservator, to study
by Linda Hankinson
Let me begin by saying that it is an
honor and a challenge to begin my year
as president of the Historic Preservation
League. Since I first joined the League
12 years ago as a newcomer to Dallas,
I have seen many changes and a lot
of growth in the organization. Being
a new homeowner in the Swiss Avenue
Historic District, I was well aware of
the impact of the League on that area,
but its influence had not yet been felt
citywide. The organization had a small
core of full-time volunteers, whose
enthusiastic efforts gave the impression
that the membership was much larger
than it actually was.
Over the past 12 years as a member,
and the past five years as a board
member, I have seen the League expand
its membership into all parts of the
city and become an active and respected
participant in the decision-making
process in Dallas. The Historic Pres-'
ervation League has heightened aware-
ness of Dallas' landmarks and has been
the catalyst for some of the city's most
exciting preservation projects. We have
some outstanding accomplishments
behind us, and we are not about to lose-
One of the, first priorities of the
League for the coming year will be to
ensure our fiscal stability so that we
may implement our important pres-
ervation projects, including the F.A.
Brown Farmstead, and continue to meet
general operating expenses as effi-
original paint,at Magnolia Lounge.
-Cafe Brannon opening benefits
restoration of the F.A. Brown Farm-
stead and honors the Dallas County
Historical Commission and the City
of Dallas Landmark Committee. Mayor
Taylor is the guest of honor.
-League purchases a halo brick on
the Texas Promenade at Fair Park
honoring former trustee Juanita Kraft.
,-State-Thomas Master Plan passes
Plan Commission with League support.
-F.A. Brown Farmstead officially
passes to League from estate of Anna
-League asks Catholic Bishop of the
Diocese of Dallas to consider reusing
the rectory of the Cathedral Santuario,
de Guadalupe and designating of the
Cathedral as a City of Dallas Landmark.
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ciently and responsibly as always. Like
all other non-profit organizations, we
are finding the quest for financial
support increasingly competitive this
year. Our board members and volun-
teers will play an important role in
setting priorities, guaranteeing effi-
ciency and encouraging contributions.
Another matter of high priority is
education. Providing information on
the many benefits, both aesthetic and
economic, of historic preservation has
always been one of the major objectives
of the League. In the past, most of this
communication has taken place with
adults. Now we also want to aim our
message at children. We are currently
working to develop a historic preser-
vation curriculum that can be used in
elementary level classrooms. We feel
that helping children to see the beauty
and worth in older buildings will create
a respect and love for them, as well
as improving the self image of the child
who lives or goes to school in older
Another goal is to continue and to
increase our cooperation with neigh-
borhood groups trying to protect the
quality of life in their neighborhoods.
Their efforts are important to us all.
To borrow a phrase from a recent
political campaign, "A great city is made
up of great neighborhoods."
Our ultimate goal, the actual saving
of significant historical and architec-
tural landmarks from demolition or
defacement, is probably the most dif-
ficult task of all. This is the desired
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James Tr Bratton
Mary Anne Joseph Mary G. Crawford
Administrative Assistant Editor
Carolyn Hudson Sandra McGee
Special Projects Coordinator Art Director
Historic Dallas, the official newspaper of the
Historic Preservation League, is published to
keep memebers and the public informed about
preservation issues and activities in the city
of Dallas. Editorial offices are located at 2902
Swiss Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75204. Subscrip-
tions are included with membership in the
League, a non-profit organization.
Board of Trustees:
Linda Hankinson President; John W. Mullen
III, First Vice President; Al Cox, Vice President;
Dalyne Hartson, Vice President; Ruthmary
White, Vice President; Paula Peters, Treasurer;
Susan Lowry, Secretary; Fred Alexander, Pierce
Allman, Michael Brown, Susan Cooper, Mary
G. Crawford, James Davis, Mary Ellen Degnan,
E.L. Dunn, David Dunnigan, James Early, Ph.D.,
Don L. Hicks, Karen Hill, Frances James, Cay
Kolb, Jim Lake, Sr., Susan Mead, Virginia
McAlester, James WMcElwain, William Douglas
Newby, Harry K. Nicholls, Tom Niederauer,
Peggy Riddle, Dorothy Savage, Michael Stevens,
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