Munger Place Historic District

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Munger Place Historic District
Munger Place in 2012
Munger Place in 2012
Munger Place Historic District is located in Texas
Munger Place Historic District
Munger Place Historic District
Munger Place Historic District is located in the United States
Munger Place Historic District
Munger Place Historic District
Munger Place Historic District (the United States)
Coordinates: 32°47′58″N 96°45′51″W / 32.79944°N 96.76417°W / 32.79944; -96.76417Coordinates: 32°47′58″N 96°45′51″W / 32.79944°N 96.76417°W / 32.79944; -96.76417
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountiesDallas
CityDallas
AreaEast Dallas
CommunityOld East Dallas
Area
 • Total85 acres (34 ha)
Elevation
492 ft (150 m)
ZIP code
75206, 75214
Area code(s)214, 469, 972
WebsiteMunger Place Historic District
Munger Place Historic District
ArchitectMultiple
Architectural styleClassical Revival, Prairie School, Bungaloid
NRHP reference #78002916[1]
DLMK #H/11
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 13, 1978
Designated DLMKJuly 27, 1988[2]

The Munger Place Historic District is a neighborhood and historic district in Old East Dallas, Texas (USA), generally lying between North Fitzhugh Avenue on the southwest, Gaston Avenue on the northwest, Henderson Avenue on the northeast, and Columbia Avenue on the southeast. Detailed boundaries are defined in the Munger Place Ordinance. It is a Dallas Landmark District and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

History[edit]

Munger Place was established in 1905 by cotton gin manufacturer Robert S. Munger on 300 acres (1.2 km2) as one of Dallas's first suburbs, and was originally intended to be one of the most exclusive communities in the city. To attract the "right" social element, Munger Place was carefully planned. Just minutes from downtown Dallas by carriage, Munger Place became the very first deed-restricted neighborhood in Texas. Homes had to be a full two stories, cost at least US$2,000 and no house could face a side street. The infrastructure featured such amenities as sidewalks, paved streets, shade trees, sewers, gas mains, and electric street lights. Many of the Dallas' leading businessmen and social elite soon called magnificent Munger Place home.

The Great Depression led many of the community's mansions to be converted into multi-family housing. The neighborhood lost its elitist cachet, and by the 1960s many of the nicer houses in the area had been torn down or condemned. Starting in the 1970s, however, Munger Place began to be rediscovered, as enterprising individuals recognized the historic architecture (particularly Prairie Style) and large spaces behind the neighborhood's dilapidated veneer.

Heritage designations[edit]

Only a portion of Munger Place is included in the Munger Place Historic District. Munger Place can be described as having northern, western, and southern portions. The northern and western portion of Munger Place is in the Swiss Avenue Historic District. The southern portion generally is in the Munger Place Historic District. Separating the two historic districts is Gaston Avenue, and the lots on either side of Gaston Avenue are excluded from either historic district.[3]

In 1978, the National Park Service added Munger Place Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places.[4] In 1980, the City of Dallas recognized the historic district as a Landmark District.[3] The boundaries of the national and city districts are nearly the same.

Comprising over 250 households it is the largest collection of Prairie-Style homes in America. With most of the homes now completely renovated, Munger Place has once again become a desirable neighborhood for families of all types looking for charming, historic homes near downtown Dallas. Each year the neighborhood holds a home tour and art festival that attracts fans of historic architecture and independent artists.

Education[edit]

The neighborhood is served by the Dallas Independent School District. Residents in the neighborhood northeast of N Fitzhugh Avenue are zoned to exemplary rated and Texas Monthly Best School William Lipscomb Elementary School (grades PK-5), J.L. Long Middle School, and Woodrow Wilson High School.[5] Residents in the neighborhood southwest of N Fitzhugh Avenue (along a short section of Tremont Street) are zoned to Ignacio Zaragoza Elementary School, Alex W. Spence Middle School and North Dallas High School.Dallas ISD - 2006 School Feeder Patterns Archived 2007-04-09 at the Wayback Machine - North Dallas High School Archived 2007-02-05 at the Wayback Machine. (Maps: ES: Zaragoza; MS: Spence Archived 2007-06-20 at the Wayback Machine; HS: North Dallas Archived 2007-06-20 at the Wayback Machine.) Retrieved 1 January 2007.</ref> Residents' children also attend various magnet schools in the district, as well as a variety of private schools in and around the area including Holy Trinity Catholic School, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, Lakehill Preparatory School, St. John's Episcopal School and First Baptist Academy.

Photo gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2013-11-02). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Analeslie Muncy (July 27, 1988). "Ordinance No. 20024" (PDF). City of Dallas. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Department of Urban Planning (1980). Designation Report: Munger Place. City of Dallas, Texas.
  4. ^ National Park Service. "Search". npgallery.nps.gov. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  5. ^ Dallas ISD - 2006 School Feeder Patterns Archived 2007-04-09 at the Wayback Machine - James Madison High School Archived 2007-02-05 at the Wayback Machine. (Maps: ES: Lipscomb[dead link] (PK-5), Long Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine; HS: Wilson Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.) Retrieved 31 December 2006.

External links[edit]

Media related to Munger Place Historic District, Dallas at Wikimedia Commons