’Tis the season for Holiday Home Tour at Historic Alexander Mansion

Feel festive this week at the seventh annual Dallas Woman’s Forum Holiday Home Tour at the historic C. H. Alexander Mansion, just blocks from the Dallas Arts District. The tour is part of a month of fun at the mansion, called “One Enchanted Christmas,” which will continue later in the month with a European Tea Room.

Photo courtesy C. H. Alexander Mansion

Photo courtesy C. H. Alexander Mansion

The Holiday Home Tour, Dec. 4-7, will take visitors through the spectacular rooms of the first floor of the mansion, cheerfully decorated for Christmas. Upstairs, guests can shop among 20 merchants in a gift boutique, offering antiques, jewelry, handcrafted home decor, candles, chocolates, teas, jellies, stationery, and vintage clothing. There are also tasty treats to buy at the Bake Shoppe, and tickets are available in advance for lunch at a Holiday Bistro.

“One Enchanted Christmas” will continue with a European Tea Room in the mansion Dec. 11-14 and 17-20 at noon each day. A traditional three-course tea will begin with passed champagne and will include the Alexander Mansion private blend tea, Caramel Almond Bliss. Reservations are required. (more…)

Residential High Rise Rumored with Sale of Cabana Hotel

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A storied property near the Dallas Design District that fell from a swinging night spot and hotel for rock stars in the 1960s to housing for county prisoners and sex offenders in the 1980s and 1990s may be on the rise again.

According to this Dallas Morning News story first reported by Robert Wilonsky, the Dallas County Commissioners Court sold the old Cabana Motor Hotel / Decker Detention Center yesterday to Lincoln Property Company, the third largest residential property manager in the U.S. The property, located at 899 N. Stemmons Freeway, is 399,000 square feet sitting on 3.275 acres of prime real estate northwest of Downtown Dallas. Lincoln paid $8.7 million (half a million less than the county paid for the place in 1985).

While no one from Lincoln or the county will confirm plans for the property, rumor has it that Lincoln intends to create a residential tower and data center. (more…)

The yellow home at 3407 Hall Street could be demolished to make way for new construction. (Photo: Dallas Voice)

The yellow home at 3407 Hall Street could be demolished to make way for new construction. (Photo: Dallas Voice)

This situation is more akin to the Bill Murray masterpiece Groundhog Day than Dallas would like to admit. We walk along our favorite sidewalks on our regular routes in our neighborhood only to be confronted with a city notice that the structure we’ve come to know somewhat like a best friend is slated for demolition. Even worse is when we see the wrecking ball at work with little or no warning. Bonus points if it’s during a Dallas Cowboys game.

Cue the outcry.

That’s exactly what has happened to 3409 Hall St., according the the Dallas Voice. A Board of Adjustment notice was posted in front of the last original structure facing Lee Park, a cute yellow house built in 1940 that is on the tax rolls for more than $714,000.

But the crux of the matter is that demolition permits aren’t issued overnight. For many historic structures, including the ones just demolished to make room for the Joule Hotel’s expansion, the process from requesting a permit to turning a building into a rubble pile takes weeks, if not sometimes months. And not all demolitions require a public announcement

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