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August General Meeting - "Lost Dallas"

posted Jul 23, 2012, 7:45 PM by Mark Rieves   [ updated Jul 24, 2012, 10:47 AM ]

Date:         Wednesday, August 8, 2012 

                    Note the day/date change!

Time:         7:00 pm

Place:        Vickery Towers, Dining Hall

                   (Corner of Greenville & Belmont, enter off Belmont) 

For our August general meeting, Mark Doty, author of the new book Lost Dallas, will present a sampling of buildings, neighborhoods, and sites that have been lost and even forgotten since the city's modest beginning in 1841.  

Please note that this meeting has been moved to WEDNESDAY, August 8th.

Mark, who works as a senior planner and historic preservation officer for the city of Dallas, drew from a wide range of sources, including private collections, the extensive Dallas Morning News archive, the Southern Methodist University Hamon Arts Library, and the City of Dallas Municipal Archives Collection. 

Mark says that the best part of writing this book was “…learning so much more about the city where I chose to live. While it is bittersweet to see and document what has been destroyed here, it has heightened my awareness of what is still here - which is quite a bit.  My hope is that people will take the book, walk or drive around their neighborhood or other parts of the city, and see not only what has been lost, but also what is still there.”

Lost Dallas is an excellent resource for amateur historians or people who love learning about Dallas’ past.  Please come join us on Wednesday and experience firsthand Mark’s inspiring work.

NOTE:  Lost Dallas is currently sold out, but Mark will have copies a few days after our meeting.  At our meeting, you can prepay with cash or a check payable to Mark Doty.  Cost is $22/book (including tax).  VPNA will deliver your book to your doorstep!  The book can also be purchased online at Acadia Publishing (www.arcadiapublishing.com) and Barnes & Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com).


Book Description:  Although founded in 1841, Dallas did not experience significant growth until 1873 when the Texas and Pacific (T&P) Railroad crossed the Houston and Texas Central Railroad (H&TC) near downtown. Securing these railroads led to a prolific building boom that has never fully ended, even during the Great Depression and subsequent world wars. Dallas’s ability to sustain growth and development as a banking and commercial center led to the demolition of much of the early built environment, a trend that continues even today. Lost Dallas explores and documents those buildings, neighborhoods, and places that have been lost and even forgotten since the city's modest antebellum beginning.

Author Bio: The City of Dallas Historic Preservation Division has been the designated City of Dallas steward for historic preservation since its creation in 1973. The City of Dallas Historic Preservation Division oversees more than 130 individually designated landmarks and historic districts that contain thousands of structures. Along with the City of Dallas municipal archives, the Dallas Historic Preservation Division serves as a repository of historical images and documents. Mark Doty is historic preservation officer for the City of Dallas.