The Gulf States Building downtown, built in 1927 and now part of the Third Rail Lofts

Honoring What's Left of Dallas' Past

Preservation Dallas today announced the recipients of its ninth annual Preservation Achievement Awards, and it's a varied list. There are, essentially, three categories: residential projects, commercial projects and "important institutional sites." And the residences being recognized are homes at 2527 South Boulevard in South Dallas, 4807 Swiss Avenue, 6676 Lakewood Boulevard, 412-414 North Clinton Street near N. Polk and W. Davis streets, 5243 Park Lane and 511 East Sixth Street near Lake Cliff Park off N. Marsalis Avenue.

The commercial projects being recognized are the Stoneleigh Hotel, which just re-opened after undergoing a $36-million renovation; the 81-year-old Gulf States Building in downtown Dallas, which is part of the Third Rail Lofts complex in Main Street; and the Cliff Café in the Belmont Hotel.

Other names you'll hear during the April 11 awards ceremony, which will take place at the Dallas Power & Light Building on Commerce Street: the “Old Red” Museum of Dallas History and Culture, Flagpole Hill Park and Lawrence House and Barn, which is actually in Mesquite. Also, from the media release:

Hamilton Properties will receive special recognition from the organization for its work in revitalizing downtown Dallas with projects such as the Davis Building, the Dallas Power & Light Building and Mosaic, formerly the Fidelity Union Life Towers...

In addition, the Meadows Foundation will be honored with the Dorothy Savage Award, the historic preservation tax incentive committee will receive the Stewardship Award, and the Homes of Kings Highway, RPGA Architects will be awarded the Craftsmanship Award.

For more info on the shindig, which costs $80 for non-members and $50 for members, it's at the Preservation Dallas Web site, of course. --Robert Wilonsky

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