2014 Architecture at Risk List
Oak Cliff National Register Historic Districts
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Oak Cliff National Register Historic Districts starting clockwise at the far upper left hand corner are Kessler Park, Miller-Stemmons, Lake Cliff, Tenth Street, Lancaster Commercial, Bishop Arts, Winnetka Heights, Rosemont Addition and Kings Hwy.

There are two historic classifications that an area can be awarded: the National Register is a Federal program administrered by the Department of Interior and managed by the state primarily for the purpose of Federal Tax Credits.  The Second is the local City of Dallas Historic Landmark program.  This also comes with tax incentives but also has the strictest rules regarding demolition.  Restriction of the demolition of historic properties only comes with local historick landmark designation... period.  

Of the above districts, only Winnetka, Lake Cliff and Tenth St. carry this stricter interpretation.  Kings Hwy, Bishop Arts. and Kessler are Conservation Districts which encourage saving structures but do not out right forbid demolition. 

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• Old Oak Cliff Conservation League’s Architecture at Risk List was initiated in 2010, after the League's experience with DISD and the loss of Oak Cliff Christian Church.

• People in the community asked what we could do to be more pro-active with possible demolition of other local landmarks.

• The Risk List was an idea borrowed from The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation Dallas’ List of Endangered Historic Places, with a focus on Oak Cliff, during a time when economic development was on the forefront and zoning changes were under debate.

• Publishing the Architecture at Risk list, specifically for Oak Cliff, is our way of educating and bringing public awareness to the potential loss of historic, architecturally significant or iconic buildings and places in our own community.  

• Learning the History of our built environment strengthens the sense of place in any community, especially Oak Cliff.  Sharing these stories provides an emotional connection to our history represented in form by our architecture. 

• During the first year of research to indentify risk factors associated with many current buildings and structures, we were constantly reminded of the numerous success stories in Oak Cliff.

• Stewardship and adaptive use of properties provide excellent examples of organic growth, and serve as proof of how community effort, positive zoning regulations, maintaining original structures, caring property owners and visionaries can change the shape of an entire community.

Examples of positive Success Stories.

Winnetka Heights – Neighborhood /beginning of revitalization in OC & League-mid 70’s
Bishop Arts District – Community /Jim Lake Sr. & Partner purchased group of buildings in 1984 and began restoration. Preservation Dallas will present a Preservation Achievement Award to Bishop Arts District this year on May 14th at Texas Theater.
Adamson High School, Sunset High School and the Sharrock Family Farm Site - City of Dallas Landmarks
Lake Cliff Park – Community/ Centennial Celebration will be held on September 20th.
Kiest Park and Kiest Memorial Garden – Community
Turner House – Community venue
Firehouse No. 15 / Gloria’s – Adaptive Use
Bolsa – Adaptive Use
The Belmont Hotel - Restoration
Kessler Theater – Restoration
Texas Theater - Restoration
Jefferson Tower – Restoration / Adaptive Use

1. Oak Cliff Pump Station at Oak Farms Dairy c.1913
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Oak Cliff Advocate - RACHEL STONE

NOTE:  OOCCL has released this entry a week early so the Pump Station will have ah opportunity to be a part of development plans for the site.

In 1927 Southland Ice, on the corner of 12th and Edgefield, started selling milk, bread, cigarettes and canned goods off their dock during the winter when demand for ice was low. That is where 7-11 was born. Jodie Thompson grew the business steadily. In 1928 they began selling gasoline, in 1933 they added beer, in 1935 milk was introduced in a paper carton and in 1936 Thompson founded Oak Farms Dairy to supply his stores with milk. It was located at 1411 Lancaster Rd.

In the sprawling Oak Farms factory complex overlooking downtown Dallas rests a little known historical treasure – the Oak Cliff Pumping Station. Built in 1913 for $20,000, the pump house was one of a collection of pump houses that supplied residents of Dallas with drinking water.

Interior from the Dallas Morning News
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