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Preservation Dallas Presents Summer Sizzlers

While many groups slow down for the long, hot summer, Preservation Dallas keeps plugging along.  One of the highlights of their programming season is the series of Summer Sizzlers, a variety of adult education lectures, offering insight into local preservation topics, architecture and history.

All sessions are held at the Wilson Carriage House at 2922 Swiss Avenue.  Cost is $10 per session for Preservation Dallas members, $20 for non-members.  Discounts are offered with purchase ofmultiple-session packages.  PhonePreservation Dallasat (214) 821-3290, or email sroebuck@preservationdallas.org, for reservationsor additional information.

Here are the programming details.  We'll see you there!

THURSDAY, JULY 8

HVAC IN HISTORIC HOMES

Speaker:  TravisDodson—Senior UNICO Project Management

As you consider the restoration or remodel of your historichome, its heating and cooling mechanical system is often a criticalelement.  With the right design andinstallation contractor, you will have options that compete with conventionalHVAC systems on design, ducting space requirements, aesthetics, efficiency, andcomfort. Partnered at a high level with the National Trust for HistoricPreservation, the UNICO System has many key strategic solutions to thesechallenges.

TUESDAY, JULY 13

Dallas' Historic Lodgings—PlazaCourts to Luxury Hotels

Speaker:  Sam Childers—Historian, Writer & Museum Consultant

In Dallas’ infancy,accommodations for the traveler consisted of boarding houses or unfurnishedrooms, but within 10 years of the city’s founding, Dallas could boast its first hotel. As thevillage evolved from town to city, its elegantly appointed hotels that rivaledthose in New York or Chicagoestablished Dallasas a modern city.  With the rise of theautomobile following World War II came dozens of motels and motor courts—and Dallas had establisheditself as a hotel town.  Sam Childers hasselected images from a wide variety of libraries, archives, and museumcollections to illustrate the history of hotels in Dallas and the role they played in the growthand image of the city.

THURSDAY, JULY 15

Dallas Landscapes for HISTORIC Homes

Speaker:  PattyDye—PMD Landscapes

Explore landscapes that will highlight your home’sdistinctive architectural style.  Five ofDallas’ mostpopular period house styles meet with fabulous traditional and modern plantchoices.  Learn how to bring the mostunique features of your home into focus by combining perennial and annualplantings for year–round appeal.  Achieveyour goal of all–season beauty with easier, “greener”, sustainablemaintenance—less work, less water, and lower costs!

TUESDAY, JULY 20

OldHouse Appraisals—CONSIDERATIONS FOR PURCHASING AN OLDER HOME

Speaker:  AnnPiper—Certified Appraiser

Ann Piper will discuss the process of comparing home valuesinside and outside of historic districts. You will learn why The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation matter to your home purchase andrestoration.  Included is invaluableinformation about tax incentive programs available within Dallas.

THURSDAY, JULY 22

PARKS FOR THE PEOPLE—THE DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC PARKS IN NORTH TEXAS

Speaker:  SusanKline—Historian

The creation of parks in North Texas provided for the preservation of green spacesand the natural environment as well as recreational opportunities in theregion’s growing cities.  Both Dallas and Fort Worth benefited from far–sighted city leaders whoexpanded their park systems in an effort to keep up with the needs of anexpanding population.  New Deal programsand the post–WWII boom also shaped each city’s parks.  Through the use of historic images and recentphotographs, Susan Kline will explore the legacy of these important butvulnerable cultural resources.

TUESDAY, JULY 27

WHITE ROCK LAKE FLOWINGINTO ITS SECOND CENTURY

Speaker:  SallyRodriguez—Coordinator, Dallas Park & Recreation Department

In 1909, Dallascity leaders approved the damming of White Rock Creek to create a new watersource for a growing city.  Those earlycity leaders could hardly know that the lake they were creating 10 milesoutside of Dallasa century ago would become an urban oasis enjoyed by over two million visitorsa year.  In 2011, White Rock Lake will celebrate its centennial.  As WhiteRock Lakeflows into its second hundred years, what can we do to preserve this urbanoasis that serves all the citizens of Dallas?

THURSDAY, JULY 29

VICTORIAN SECRETS

Speakers:  DaronTapscott—Architect / Kate Singleton—Historic Preservation Consultant

Toward the end of the 19th century, tensions were developingbetween the traditions of the past and forward-thinking philosophies in art,design and social conventions.  Learnabout the lesser–known side of Dallas in theVictorian era, and how Victorian lifestyles affected Dallas’ early neighborhoods.  

 

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