Bishop Arts District, Dallas

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Bishop Arts District
Bishop Arts District in 2016
Bishop Arts District in 2016
CountryUnited States
AreaNorth Oak Cliff
508 ft (155 m)
ZIP code
Area codes214, 469, 972

The Bishop Arts District is a shopping and entertainment district in North Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas (USA), near the intersection of Bishop Street and Davis Street. The Bishop Arts District is immediately southwest of Downtown Dallas and south of the Kessler neighborhoods. The Bishop Arts District is home to over 60 independent boutiques, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and art galleries.[1]


The area was originally developed as warehouses and shops in the 1920s. In the 1930s, a trolley stop along Davis became Dallas' busiest trolley stop. The district began a decline in the mid-1960s through the beginning of the 1980s.

In the fall of 1984, Jim Lake saw a bargain in the now run down storefronts and began buying up property. He said, "Hopefully we'll make money on this in the future, but in the first three to five years I'm gonna feed it." Lake said of his decision to buy the property, "I just thought it needed saving." As a sign of his commitment, Lake provided, rent-free for a year, space for a police storefront. This was an important element in the area's security and sense of community.

Continuing through the 1990s and 2000s, renovations have taken place to transform the two city blocks into a walkable, urban environment. Murals, brick pavers, and other street elements have polished the rough look of the warehouses and have made the area a popular leisure and dining destination. In 2015, Exxir Capital invested $42 million to construct a mixed-use development includes retail, office, and apartments in the district.[2]

A portion of the district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the North Bishop Avenue Commercial Historic District.

In popular culture[edit]

The Bishop Arts District has become a popular destination for celebrities to visit. Past celebrity sightings include Dua Lipa,[3] Lana Del Ray,[4] Leon Bridges,[5] and The Weeknd.[6]

The area's culture has continued to mature with the expanding Oak Cliff Film Festival, which has garnered media attention from Texas Monthly and The New York Times.[7]


The Kessler Theater


The district can be reached via several Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus routes and from Downtown Dallas on the Dallas Streetcar.[10]


  1. ^ Bishop Arts District - Main page. Retrieved 17 December 2022.
  2. ^ Rachel Stone (August 12, 2015). "$42-million Bishop Arts project to break ground this month". Advocate Oak Cliff. Retrieved December 18, 2022.
  3. ^ Rachel Stone (March 15, 2022). "APop star Dua Lipa browsed Bishop Arts before her show at AAC". Advocate Oak Cliff. Retrieved December 17, 2022.
  4. ^ Caitlin Clark (October 20, 2020). "Add Lana Del Rey to the List of Celebs Who Love Dolly Python". Paper City Magazine. Retrieved December 17, 2022.
  5. ^ Tommy Cummings (February 21, 2022). "It was awesome': Leon Bridges' street performance stops shoppers in Bishop Arts District". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved December 18, 2022.
  6. ^ Taylor Crumpton (August 18, 2022). "Dallas In Pop Culture: The Weeknd Loves Bishop Arts and the Cowboys Can't Beat the Housewives". D Magazine. Retrieved December 17, 2022.
  7. ^ Christopher Kelly (June 2, 2012). "Dallas Has Its Own Indie Film Scene, and a Festival". The New York Times. Retrieved December 17, 2022.
  8. ^ "Kessler Theater". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved December 18, 2022.
  9. ^ Rachel Stone (September 24, 2015). "The Centennial Mayor: Meet George Sergeant". Advocate Magazine. Retrieved December 19, 2022.
  10. ^ "Dallas Area Rapid Transit-Dallas Streetcar". Retrieved July 24, 2016.

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Coordinates: 32°44′56.23″N 96°49′42.02″W / 32.7489528°N 96.8283389°W / 32.7489528; -96.8283389