Downtown Dallas Commercial Historic District
A nomination for establishing downtown Dallas as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places was prepared for the City of Dallas’s Economic Development office.
The historic district status will encourage the redevelopment of historic properties in the central area of downtown through the use of federal investment tax credits.
The district also recognizes and celebrates the importance of Dallas’ downtown while educating residents, visitors and building owners about the collective and individual history of the buildings. The period of significance for the district is 1888-1958. Dallas is perhaps best known for its mid-century modern architecture and many of Dallas’s significant post-war buildings are included in this district.
Encompassing 102 buildings in 21 blocks, this district is one of the largest downtown NR districts in the country and includes some of the “youngest” buildings (post 1950) listed in the register. The nomination was prepared with Lila Knight, architectural historian.