Harwood Historic District

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Harwood Historic District
Dallas, Texas Harwood Street.jpg
Harwood Historic District structures
Location Dallas, Texas
Built 1888-1955
Architectural style(s) Italianate, Beaux-Arts, Sullivanesque, Neo-classical, Renaissance Revival, Art Moderne, Art Deco, Modern
Governing body City of Dallas
Designated February 22, 1990
Reference no. Harwood Street Ordinance #20575

The Harwood Historic District is a historic commercial district and Dallas Landmark District on the east end of downtown Dallas, Texas lying in parts of the City Center District, Main Street District and Farmers Market District. The locally protected district generally encompasses structures in the blocks fronting Harwood Street from Pacific Avenue to Canton Street.

The district represents a cross-section of Dallas commercial architecture from the 1880s to the 1950s. Styles range from Italianate to Beaux-Arts, Sullivanesque, Neo-classical, Renaissance Revival, Art Moderne, Art Deco and Modern.[1]

History[edit]

At the turn of the twentieth century, Harwood Street carried merchants and bankers from their mansions in The Cedars to their offices downtown and back home again at night. In the 1920s it was scene shop row, home to the city's vaudeville suppliers.[2]

In 1990 the area was designated a local historic district. The area became part of the larger Dallas Downtown Historic District in 2009.

Contributing Structures[edit]

The following structures are considered contributing properties of the Harwood Historic District and were constructed over a period of six decades. Many of them have been re-purposed for residential or commercial uses with few alterations to their historical appearance. Others await restoration and are currently vacant.

Building Name Address Constructed
Hart Furniture Building 1933 Elm Street 1888
Dallas Scottish Rite Temple 402 S. Harwood Street 1910-1913
First Presbyterian Church 401 S. Harwood Street 1912, 1948
Dallas Municipal Building and Annex 106 S. Harwood Street 1914, 1954
Majestic Theatre 1923 Elm Street 1920
Lone Star Gas Company (south building) 1915 Wood Street 1924
Dallas Hilton 1933 Main Street 1925
Film Exchange Building 310-314 S. Harwood Street 1925
Titche-Goettinger Building 1900 Elm Street 1929, 1955
Warner Brothers (Vitagraph) Film Exchange Building 508 Park Avenue 1929-1930
Desco Tile Company 1908 Canton Street 1930
Lone Star Gas Company (north building) 301 S. Harwood Street 1931
Tower Petroleum Building 1907 Elm Street 1931
Paramount Pictures Building 412 S. Harwood Street 1934
Masonic Temple 501 S. Harwood Street 1941
Masonic Relief 1910 Young Street 1941
Old Dallas Central Library 1954 Commerce Street 1955

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.dallascityhall.com/historic/html/harwood_street.html
  2. ^ David Dillon. "HISTORIC HARWOOD STREET - It's a little jewel that gets lost in big-city plans for downtown rejuvenation." The Dallas Morning News 18 Oct. 1988, HOME FINAL, TODAY: 1C. NewsBank. Web. 15 Jan. 2010.

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