JUNE 2012 The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League | P.O. Box 4027 | Dallas | TX | 75208 JUNE 2012
________________________________________________________________________________ Researching the history of yourOak Cliff homeby Michael Amonett
Here in Oak Cliff, we live in all types and ages of homes, some dating back over 100 years. Theolder the home, the more interesting it is. Theolder a building is, the more occupants it has hadand the richer a story it has to tell. If you believehistory like this is a thing of value then certainlywe here in Oak Cliff have some of the mostvaluable historic resources in the city.Researching the history of older properties is anarduous task sometimes but it can be extremelyrewardingThe first place you can go is the Dallas CountyAppraisal District. Their website can either beaccessed throughDCADorthe interactive map at
the City of Dallas websiteOn DCAD, you cansearch your property through the search engineor you can pinpoint properties through theinteractive map on the city's website and click"More Info" there and it will take you to DCAD.There you can find the year your home was built.For more detailed information a trip to 320 E.Jefferson might be in order. In the basement of that building are the city's archives. City staff ison hand to help you research any address youwant. There you can find almost any permit thathas been pulled on any property in the City of Dallas. Typically, permits from the 1920'sthrough the 1940's are found on microfilm andpermits pulled from the 1940's through the1980's are on microfiche. When searchingpermits you want to notice things like propertyowners and work done and take notes. Copiescan be made for 10 cents apiece and you can alsotake screen pictures with your phone.
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We Want your Bricks!
By Roy Appleton, DMN reporter
Know the audience you are writing to. What are they hoping to hearfrom you? What would they find useful or informative? Find out what isimportant to them and address their needs in your newsletter eachmonth. Include a photo or photos to make your newsletter even moreappealing. Add a "Find out more..." link to additional information onyour website. Old, new, a single brick or a pallet. Just bring them. TheBishop Arts District Merchants Association is widening the sidewalk inthe 300 block of North Bishop, building a new walkway to some newbusinesses, Emporium Pies and We Are 1976.The group has alreadycollected bricks from Fort Worth Avenue and a century-old chimney. Andthey'd take any spares you've got around the house, shop, etc.
This from the association's Facebook page: "With 2,200 bricks yet tocollect, we welcome donations of a single brick or a whole pallet. If they'll fit in your truck, you can add your bricks to the growing stack-o-bricks at Bishop & 8th St. (next to Cozy Cottage Children's Boutique). If you have a larger pile, call or text David to retrieve them at 469-233-5088.
Surplus Properties by City of Dallas
The city of Dallas is planning on selling more than two dozensurplus properties, including Fire station #26 on Jefferson.Anyone interested should be able to get more informationby contacting the city.
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