Archive for June, 2013

Wynnewood Height’s Celebration of Hope

Posted by    |    June 23rd, 2013 at 10:26 pm


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Wynnewood Heights’ Celebration of Hope was very impressive. About 50 to 60 volunteers from the surrounding neighborhood turned out, including some expertise generously provided by Home Depot. Seven homes were painted for families who were unable to do so themselves, as well as additional landscaping that was added to the traffic triangle at Llewellyn and Saner.

It was an incredibe day’s work! with amazing results. 



Continental Bridge Closing July 8th for Park Construction

Posted by    |    June 21st, 2013 at 1:30 pm

This just in from the Assistant Director Sarah Standifer of the Trinity Watershed.  Basically, don’t think you can cross the old bridge after July 8th on a bicycle.  Once complete, a new park will cover the bridge, but still NO dedicated, separate bicycle infrastructure will exist.  Instead, it will be a shared use path.  The $8 million private donor, Mary McDermott Cook, requested that no bicycle or streetcar infrastructure be included in the final design based on her donation to the project.  So, there you have it.


June 21, 2013

Re: Continental Avenue Bridge Closing:

Effective Date – Monday, July 8, 2013

Dear Sir or Madam:

The City of Dallas has been working towards development of destination areas in and along the
Trinity River Corridor as part of the overall planning and implementation efforts. The designs for
the Continental Avenue Bridge and the West Dallas Gateway were coordinated to complement
each other, creating a landmark civic space connecting the existing neighborhoods and emerging
developments with significant public amenities. We appreciate your efforts during the planning.

We are pleased to let you know the construction for the Continental Avenue Bridge and
West Dallas Gateway is beginning. On Monday, July 8, 2013, the Continental Avenue
Bridge will be closing to vehicular traffic. Alternate routes include the Margaret Hunt Hill
Bridge, the Commerce Street Bridge, the Jefferson Viaductl and the Hampton Bridge. The
construction activities are estimated to be complete in late May 2014.

Portable message boards will be in place to inform the public of the upcoming closure and area
residents and businesses should have received notitication of the closure. Attached for your
reference is the notice that was mailed to the residences and businesses in the area as well as
two renderings showing some of the uses and features of the bridge when it reopens.

Every effort is being made to construct this project with the least possible inconvenience to your
neighborhood and commute. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation throughout this

If you have any concerns or need further information, please contact me at (214) 671-9545.


Sarah StandiferY
Assistant Director
Trinity Watershed Management


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2013 Home Tour Sponsor update

Posted by    |    June 20th, 2013 at 12:07 pm


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Home Tour Sponsor update

Posted by    |    June 20th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

 Sponsorship for the Fall Home Tour 2013 has been updated.
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Oak Cliff First Annual Jazzfest!

Posted by    |    June 18th, 2013 at 3:05 pm


While I love rainy days, especially Texas, I’m hoping that this Saturday our sunshine holds for the first annual Oak Cliff Jazzfest and Arts/Crafts Fair going on at Labyrinth Walk Coffee House. The event starts at 11am with live music from 12pm to 10pm. At the fair you’ll be able to browse through a wide variety of handmade arts and crafts ranging from ceramics, soaps, candles, jewelry, yard art and more plus some good food to munch on while you enjoy the music.

Whose music you’ll be enjoying this Saturday:

The Inner City All Stars

Freddie Jones

Alphonso Sanders

Jennifer Martin

Larry Lampkin

Carolyn Lee Jones

Funky Knuckles

Miss Marcy and Her Texas Sugar Daddy’s

Shelley Carrol

Shoot Low Sheriff

So bring your lawn chairs, blankets, friends and family and enjoy a (hopefully) sunny afternoon in Oak Cliff at the first of many Jazzfests.

When: Saturday January 22nd, 11am-10pm

Where: 3839 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75233

Tickets: Adult– 15$ online 20$ at the gate  Youth-10$ online 15$ at the gate

OOCCL Grants 2013 Awarded

Posted by    |    June 13th, 2013 at 3:34 pm


C o n g r a t u l a t i o n s !

Grants Given to League Neighborhoods

Each year the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League gives out thousands of dollars to various neighborhoods for their projects, covering 60% of the projects cost. The moneys for the grants are raised by the League’s only annual fundraiser, Oak Cliff’s Fall Tour of Homes.  Please join up for our upcoming 2013 Home Tour, the 2nd weekend of October.  Homes have already been selected & will be revealed at the September’s general meeting, to be held on the 9th of September.

This year, the League gave 10 grants out on the 10th of June during its general membership meeting at Turner House.

Handing out the grants were Jacque Groth, OOCCL Vice President of Neighborhoods, who lives in the West Kessler neighborhood, with assistance from Phil Leven, OOCCL President, who lives in the Hampton Hills neighborhood.

The 2013 Grants awarded were to :

The Dells District Neighborhood Association
received $400.00 toward finishing out their “Street Sign Toppers”.

Elmwood Neighborhood Association,

received $1,000.00 for an “Elmwood Business District Mural”


Ken Denson accepts the grant for Elmwood.


Kidd Springs Neighborhood Association
received $1,650.00 to help toward providing school uniforms, neighborhood challenges, communication & copying costs.


Pam Conley accepts grant for her neighborhood & gives thanks to the League for all the support they give to the neighborhoods & to Oak Cliff.


Kiest Park Community Group
received $600.00 for “installation of Neighborhood Crime Watch and V.I.P. Signs”


Judy Brooks & her husband accept the first grant awarded to their neighborhood.



Kings Highway Conservation District
received $607.00 to “increasing their Visible Presence”.

“in an effort to continue to define their borders, the grant will help toward painting the new KHCD logo onto 2 retaining walls located on N Polk near Kings Hwy and will aid in the painting of event yard signs to be desplayed in Resident’s yards.”


Accepting the award is Lisa Benskin.

Sunset Hill Neighborhood Association
received $1,475.00 for “Sign Toppers”


Michael Amonett accepts the award for his neighborhood.  Sunset Hills went active again about 2 years ago after almost 25 to 30 years of inactivity. This is the 2nd year in a row, they have been able to apply & were awarded the grant. 


West Kessler Neighborhood Association
received $327.00 for a “WKNA Membership Directory” and “Electricity for the Stevens Woods Court Island Garden”


Accepting for West Kessler is David Cooper



Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association
received $3,000.00 for “Sidewalk improvements and website improvements”.


Wynnewood Heights Neighborhood Association
received $500.00 “Landscape median beautification/crime watch signs and toppers”


Accepting the first grant for her neighborhood from the League is Ethel Thomas. Their neighborhood joined OOCCL just a few years ago.



Wynnewood North Neighborhood Association
received $1.107.00 for “Neighborhood Signage (Sign Toppers)”



Cedar Crest House

Posted by    |    June 8th, 2013 at 10:46 pm

~ a landmard designation ~

Architectural Significance

The L.O. Daniel Mansion

Located at 2223 West Jefferson Boulevard, Cedar Crest is an excellent example of a transitional Victorian country estate. The home was built in 1905 and boasts a spacious floor plan of over 5,000 square feet. At one time the home was situated on 27 acres, but that was subsequently subdivided. However, Cedar Crest and its site still exhibit the grandise proportions of an early twentieth century residential estate.

Cedar Crest could almost be described as a large Victorian farmhouse that also exhibits some Greek Revival detailing. The proportions and styling are Victorian with the narrow windows and high pitched hip roof creating a dramatic sense of ver- ticality. Greek Revival influences are expressed in the homes columns and in the large wrap around porch. As a country estate, the structure is enormous in size and substantial in appearance. Three stories in height, Cedar Crest’s size is augmented by Its simplicity in design and detailing.

The most dominant architectural features of the home are the wrap around porch at the first and second level and the abreviated widow’s walk at the third level. The porch exhibits a ballustrade as a railing on the second level and Is supported by small Greek Revival columns. The third level porch is supported by two massive columns. Wooden dentils help form the cornice lines at the second and third floors, while a porte cochere is integrated into the wrap around porch on the west facade.

The house is of wood construction on a brick foundation, with clapboard siding through out. Some wood shingles are found on the gables and dormers at the third level. The high pitched hip roof is covered with composition shingles.

The windows in Cedar Crest are a simple one over one arrangement, with narrower windows being found on the side and rear facades. Bay windows protrude on the east and west facades, and transoms can be seen over both doors. Period architectural features include pocket doors; ornate wood paneling on the staircase; newell post lamps; beveled, leaded glass bay windows on the staircase landing; a pie—shaped sitting room dominated by a 19th-century Regency chandelier; sidelights and transom set off the front entry; and, outside, two, seven-foot brick pillars mark the entrance to a 65-foot walkway leading to one of two wraparound porches.

Cedar Crest is a visual and architectural landmark in Oak Cliff that evokes memories of courtry estate living in the early twentieth century. The home has been meticulously renovated by its new owners and will continue to serve as a landmark for the community

On 13 December 1983, the Landmark Designation was signed into effect by the Chairman of the Landmark Survey Task Force and the Program Manager of the Historic Preservation Program.


Jefferson Tower Block to be Revitalized

Posted by    |    June 3rd, 2013 at 3:49 pm

jeff1In 1929, the Brinkerhoff & Bennett Investment built what they dubbed the Medical-Dental Building of Oak Cliff, on a block of Jefferson Boulevard between Madison and Bishop streets.  In short order, the block would become home to a Sears Roebuck & Company, a piano store, men and women’s fashions, and more.

If you walk through the building today, you’ll see old hints of its past including medical motifs in the lobby, vintage elevator switches, and an electrical room in the basement with dusty fuses and old gauges that appear to be frozen in time.


The Oak Cliff Film Fest Returns!

Posted by    |    June 1st, 2013 at 11:28 pm

oak cliff film festival 2013

In case you missed it last year, this is the official second installment of one of the coolest events found on the south side of the river. Not only are great films featured, but each of the festival’s locations spotlight some of Oak Cliff’s most historic sites, including El Sibil, home of artist Frank Reaugh who moved to the area in the 1890′s, the former “Bluebird Theater”, originally opened in 1914 as a silent film house and now dubbed “Bishop Arts Theatre”, as well as the Kessler Theatre, the Belmont Hotel, Oil and Cotton, and of course, the Texas Theatre.

The  four, fun-filled days of films, parties, and events begins on Thursday, June 6. On Saturday, June 8, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff will host “I Declare War!” an epic treasure hunt ride that begins at 5:30PM. More details can be found on the facebook event page here.