History of the Park Cities Historical Society

The Park Cities Historical Society was founded by Mrs. Gordon R. Dysart on February 8, 1982, following discussions with residents who felt the need to preserve the heritage of their unique community. A group of friends were invited to the home of Mr. & Mrs. Dysart, 3413 Cornell Avenue, to participate in the organization of the Society. The purpose of the Society and the benefits to the Park Cities in the future were discussed. The group was in unanimous agreement to form the Society and the basic structure was adopted.

Those attending and contributing to the meeting were:

Mrs. Reubin H. Adams
Mr. & Mrs. Pierce M. Allman
Mr. & Mrs. Wilson W. Crook, Jr.
Mrs. Tom Moore Dees

Mr. & Mrs. Edward J. Drake
Mr. & Mrs. Gordon R. Dysart
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Finlay

Mr. & Mrs. Henry Gilchrist
Mrs. Ann Reed Dittmar
Mrs. Phillip Gray John

Mrs. Arthur Shannon
Mr. & Mrs. Jerry S. Stover
Mrs. Marjorie B. Waters

Articles of Incorporation were duly filed on March 29, 1982.

Since its founding, the Society was active in three different areas of historical interest. An extensive photographic survey of the Park Cities' residences was completed and stored in the Society's archives. As an accompaniment to the survey, a landmark designation program for buildings and sites has been instituted with the first designation in December 1986. In addition, an educational program about the history and heritage of the Park Cities was developed and implemented in the community. 

History of Preservation Park Cities

Preservation Park Cities was organized by area residents concerned about the loss of architecturally significant older homes and buildings in the community.

The motto "Preserving the legacy and character of our community" reflected the organization's mission which was to encourage the preservation of older structures and the appropriate design of newer constructions.

Preservation Park Cities strived to build a foundation of historic sensitivity in the Park Cities by identifying specifics structures that are worth saving, and by communicating their historical significance to the community.

The organization encouraged homeowners to preserve their older homes and protect them into the future and worked towards creating an environment in which respectful and responsible building practices are actively embraced.

The Preservation Park Cities historic marker program honored and recognized older or historic homes in HP and UP that retained most of their original architectural details. While changes are inevitable over time, the goal of the program was to acknowledge and honor these properties. The marker did not carry any restrictions for homeowners. The design was a replica of the Spanish-style gate entrances to the old Loma Linda development. Architect David Williams built these Moorish structures and accompanying walls along Mockingbird Lane and Preston Road in 1924.

Past Presidents  
Lindalyn Adams Betty Littlejohn
Pierce Allman Bob Littlejohn
Taylor Armstrong Mike Matthews
Joanna Barnes Carole McBride
Cynthia Beaird Al Mclendon
Joan Clark Meredy McClure
John Cockrell Kathy Myers
Sandra Cude Trevor Rees-Jones
Tie Davis Lee Roever
Ed Drake Carolyn Rogers
Gordon Dysart Harry Shawver
Lucy Dysart Mary Shoemaker
Mary Ann Edney Pat Sreenan
Henry Gilchrist Peter Tanguy
Bruce Harbour Betty Tatum
Jan Harbour J. Michael Tibbals
Sylvia LaRue Lynn Vogt

25 Highland Park Village, Suite 100-286  -  Dallas TX 75205  -  214-528-0021    info@pchps.org

PCHPS is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization

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