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Preservation Dallas to Announce List of Dallas’ Most Endangered Historic Resources

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From the DSN Newswire (Preservation Dallas)

Preservation Dallas will issue a formal announcement of its annual list of Dallas’ Most Endangered Historic Resources at The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future in Fair Park, (3800 Parry Avenue, Dallas, TX 75226) on Wednesday, June 30 at 10 a.m.  Preservation Dallas Executive Director, Katherine Seale, will make the announcement.

The Women’s Museum is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the building and the 10th Anniversary of the Museum this year.  The museum is located in the Former Hall of Administration at Fair Park, and was updated for the 1936 Texas Centennial.  It was in dire shape when it was chosen as the site of The Women’s Museum and renovated for its new use as the nation’s only women’s history museum.  This renovation serves as an example of the importance of restoring historic structures in Dallas and how they contribute to the community and the city’s cultural heritage.

This year marks the fifth year that Preservation Dallas has issued its Most Endangered Historic Resources List.  The properties on the 2010 list were nominated by concerned citizens and organizations throughout Dallas.  The list raises awareness about historically and culturally important buildings, sites and programs.  Preservation Dallas views this list as an opportunity to encourage people to find cooperative and innovative ways to preserve history.  The 2010 list includes threatened residential neighborhoods, institutional and commercial structures, significant mid century buildings downtown, and more.

“As a non-profit, Preservation Dallas can only do so much when it comes to actually preserving structures it does not own,” said Pete Peabody, president of Preservation Dallas.  “One should remember that Texas is a property rights state.  Until there is a desire and commitment from the community, the City of Dallas, and property owners, buildings will continue to deteriorate and remain vacant.  It is through our advocacy efforts that we foster that community pride of place,” he said.

Several properties listed on previous endangered lists have been saved and are being renovated by individuals and organizations.  They include Mercantile National Bank, Awalt Building, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and Academy on Swiss Avenue, the Baldwin House on Bryan Parkway, and the Nurses Home at Old Parkland Hospital.

Preservation Dallas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for the preservation and revitalization of Dallas’ historic buildings, neighborhoods, and places in order to enhance the vitality of our city.

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