Tomorrow night at 6pm at the Lakewood branch library Mark Doty, the Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Dallas, will be giving a lecture and slide show presentation on his new book Lost Dallas. This book takes the reader on a photographic journey through a Dallas most of us have probably forgotten or never even knew existed. Here Doty documents over 200 buildings and neighborhoods built in Dallas over the past 170 years many of which no longer exist.
“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.”-Lost Dallas
Both the book and the lecture offer a fascinating opportunity not only to appreciate how far Dallas has come but also to see what pieces of the city were lost and sacrificed to make Dallas into the city we love today.