Past & Present: Aldredge House

The Aldredge House, built in 1917, is pictured here at left as it stood in 1921. At far left, Frank Richards’ photo of the stately Swiss Avenue estate today. Both are featured in the “Then and Now” photo exhibition on display for free at St. Matthews Cathedral from May 5 to June 12. It features work by local photographers who captured some of Dallas’ most historic spots, some of which are juxtaposed with historic photos of the same spot.

The Aldredge House, built in 1917, is pictured here at left as it stood in 1921. At far left, Frank Richards’ photo of the stately Swiss Avenue estate today. Both are featured in the “Then and Now” photo exhibition on display for free at St. Matthews Cathedral from May 5 to June 12. It features work by local photographers who captured some of Dallas’ most historic spots, some of which are juxtaposed with historic photos of the same spot.

 

There are few things Lakewood revels in more than its history. Who doesn’t love a shot of vintage bathing beauties at White Rock Lake, or to see what the Lakewood Shopping Center looked like during the golden years at Doc Harrell’s pharmacy?

Preservation Dallas is celebrating the 43rd annual National Preservation Month with myriad opportunities to take a peek back in time and soak up some local history, in Lakewood and across Dallas.

Take a walking tour of Fair Park, a National Historic Landmark first established in 1886, led by the Dallas Center for Architecture. Or explore the park in a totally different way during the Fair Park Art + Architecture Scavenger Hunt, when teams of kids and adults will follow a list of clues to take in all of the points of interest. For the serious fair fanatics, there is even a specific tour of the Swine Barn, which was designed by Texas Centennial architect George Leighton Dahl for the World’s Fair honoring the 100th anniversary of Texas’ independence from Mexico.

For those looking to learn in lecture form, panel discussions are planned throughout the months on topics ranging from the cultural heritage of Dallas to how economics influenced local architecture. A wide range of organizations, such as Remembering Black Dallas, Dallas Mexican American Heritage League and Dallas Jewish Historical Society, will take part in the discussions.

Get a full schedule of the Preservation Month events at preservationdallas.org/events/presmonth.


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