As defined by City planners, East Dallas’ boundaries are Interstate 30, North Central Expressway, Mockingbird Lane, and White Rock Lake and Creek. Lakewood Shopping Center is centrally located in this area. The theater, shops, banks, restaurants, nearby post office and Lakewood library attract many of us almost daily.

At posh Lakewood Country Club, directly across Abrams Road from the shopping center, members and their guests play golf and tennis, swim, dine and dance.

The original clubhouse was built on this rolling, wooded site in 1912 – just five years after the Mungers launched the “strictly high-class residential district” named Munger Place on Gaston and Swiss avenues at Fitzhugh.

Every few years, the Mungers added to their development until it included all of the current Swiss Avenue and Munger Place Historic Districts and most of the Junius Heights neighborhood.

As part of the original Junius Heights development, the “Junius Heights columns” were constructed near the corner of Columbia and Glasgow. Demolished for the widening of Columbia, they were rebuilt in 1975 at their present location nearer the shopping center. Nostalgic residents raised $13,000 to complete the project.

To meet the needs of the expanding residential neighborhood, Fire Station 16 was built in 1919 at the corner of Columbia and Augusta. Only mechanized fire engines were planned for use in the station. Until that time, the Fire Station at Live Oak and Carroll served all of East Dallas’ needs with horse-drawn “steamers.”

Fire Station 16’s Mission Revival-style structure is now a Dallas landmark. Its owners plan to restore it for use as an art gallery.

In 1928, Woodrow Wilson High School was built on Glasgow to take some of the load from the old Bryan Street High School. (The Bryan Street school building still stands Downtown.)

As an outstanding example of the Jacobean architectural style, the Woodrow building is scheduled to become a Dallas landmark.

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