Continental Gin Building. Photo by Renee Umsted.

Preservation Dallas is hosting a tour of the newly renovated Continental Gin Building in Deep Ellum.

The building was constructed in 1888 and won a Preservation Achievement Award this year, following a renovation that cleaned up and repaired the structure while leaving many historic features in place. The Magdalen House also received a Preservation Achievement Award.

To be eligible for historic tax credits, people in charge of the renovation had to coordinate with the Texas Historic Commission and the National Park Service.

Removing non-historic paint, replacing damaged brick, and cleaning and repointing historic brick were all included in the renovation work.

Robert S. Munger moved from Mexia to Dallas in 1884 to create the Munger Improved Cotton Machine Manufacturing Co. The company merged with three others in 1899, forming the Continental Gin Co., and it became the largest manufacturer of cotton gins in the United States.

Munger sold his interest in the company in 1902 and went on to create the Munger Place development.

The Preservation Dallas tour is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. June 28. Tickets are free for members and $20 for non-members.

The Continental Gin Building is located at 3309 Elm St. It has office spaces, a Fiction Coffee shop and the newly opened Tatsu Dallas sushi restaurant.


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