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Thomas Bldg Demo Release-1

Thomas Bldg Demo Release-1

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PRESERVATION DALLAS
 
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Contact
:David Preziosi, Executive Director 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Preservation Dallas Responds to Demolition Permit for Thomas Building
Preservation Dallas understands that the owner of the building at 1314 WoodStreet, commonly referred to as the Thomas Building, will be receiving a permitto demolish the building from the city today. This significant historic buildingconstructed in 1924 was built by Michael H. Thomas to support the nearbyCotton Exchange with office space. The building was designed in theRenaissance Revival style by Anton Korn, who designed many residences inHighland Park along with participating in the design of several buildings at Fair Park. The Thomas Building is the last remaining commercial building designed byKorn and of that architectural style in Dallas. The building also has one of themost elaborate historic storefronts remaining in Dallas. Due to its significance theproperty is listed on the National Register as a Contributing Property in theDowntown Dallas Commercial Historic District.In 2004,
the owner’s intent to demolish the building to expand the adjacent
parking lot led to it being placed on Preservation Dallas' Endangered List and anagreement with HPI Group of North Carolina to hold off on demolition for fiveyears. This summer when hazardous materials abatement work began,Preservation Dallas again contacted the owner of the building and wasinformed that the abatement work was a requirement of the Vacant BuildingOrdinance. Suspecting that the demolition of the building would likely be thenext step, we were none-the-less assured by the
property owner’s representative
that the building would not be demolished.Preservation Dallas remains concerned about the use of the Vacant BuildingOrdinance by property owners as a reason for demolishing what areincreasingly rare examples of historic architecture in the downtown area. We

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