For the First Time, Old Oak Cliff Conservation League Release Its "At-Risk" Buildings List

A sign on the Eagle Ford School, one of the OOCCL's at-risk buildings
A sign on the Eagle Ford School, one of the OOCCL's at-risk buildings

Preservation Dallas's most-endangered list won't be released till June 30. But this morning, the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League has released its own variation -- an "Architecture at Risk List," its first. Not surprisingly, the top spot's taken by the Oak Cliff Christian Church, which is under the gun for demolition unless the league finds a buyer willing to pay more than $1 mil by the August 15 deadline, after which DISD gets to raze the building to make way for Adamson High School athletic fields.

The rest of the list is populated by buildings that aren't so much in immediate danger as they are at risk of being tinkered with and, maybe, torn down as developers turn their attention toward Oak Cliff. Says the list's intro:

Publishing an Architecture at Risk list is a way to bring public attention to the potential loss of historic and architecturally significant buildings and places. We are encouraged to look around carefully and think beyond the obvious to identify the potential loss of special places. Many times we focus on the large historic buildings, but smaller, often-overlooked places, are equally important to Oak Cliff. After the League's experiences with DISD and Oak Cliff Christian, many in the community asked us what we could do to be more pro-active with possible demolition of other local landmarks, this list is an attempt to do that.

Among those included: the Second Church of Christ Scientist, which wasn't included in the Stevens Park Conservation District; the Mark Lemon-designed Boude Storey Middle School, which the OOCCL wants given historic designation; Wynnewood Shopping Village, significant chunks of which have disappeared over the years; and the Eagle Ford School on Chalk Hill Road, shuttered in the 1940s.

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