11 Most Endangered Historic Places
Eight Historic Dallas Neighborhoods
Year Listed: 1992, 1993
Threat: Development, Road Construction
When the first railroads arrived in Dallas in the 1870s, a wave of new settlers spurred the development of modest neighborhoods to meet their needs. Despite Dallas's explosive growth in the ensuing decades, many of these distinctive residential areas survive: Alcade Street-Crockett School Historic District includes the city's oldest public school and originally housed streetcar workers; Tenth street, with its collection of folk dwellings, was a freedman's settlement. But the enclaves and nearby Colonial Hill, Wheatley Place, Peak's Suburban, Queen City, Edgewood Place and Dallas Land and Loan Addition -- all nominated to the National Register for Historic Places and several with links to the African-American community -- are threatened by demolition. Boarded up and abandoned, dozens of Queen Anne cottages and 1920s bungalows are slated to be torn down as part of a city-wide effort to eliminate "urban nuisances" although preservationists urge that rehabilitating the houses could help stabilize the neighborhoods.