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Barry and Lucinda Buford, President, PCHPS

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Distinguished Speaker Luncheon, Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Historic Home Tour, Saturday, April 14
Classic and Antique Car Show, Saturday April 21

The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s (PCHPS) Fall Meeting featured preservation architect Nancy McCoy speaking on Dallas and the Drive-In at the former home of Sam Wyly in Highland Park recently.    


Lucinda Buford, president of PCHPS, welcomed the crowd and introduced Advisory Board member Taylor Armstrong, who gave insight into the history of the home. Originally designed by renowned architect C. D. Hill for Fred Schoellkopf, a developer of the Town of Highland Park, the home was completed in 1923. The Schoellkopf Company was best known for its trademark white elephant and famous Jumbo Brand saddles, still available on eBay today.

Excitement filled the room with applause as dates were announced for the Society’s spring showcase. Mark your calendars now for the Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 12; Wednesday, April 11, 2018 for the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon chaired by Tish Key; Saturday, April 14, 2018 for the Historic Home Tour, chaired by Jana Paul and the Classic and Antique Car Show on Saturday, April 21, 2018 chaired by Polly and Dan McKeithen

Al McClendon, also a PCHPS Advisory Board member, introduced Nancy to the sold-out group, saying she is an award-winning preservation architect with thirty years of experience. Her work in the field of historic preservation has been recognized with two National Trust Honor Awards and over thirty national, state and local awards, including several from Preservation Dallas. It was her work on two local projects that led her to learn more about Dallas’ connection to the drive-in movie theater.

After an enthralling presentation and slide show, everyone was encouraged to join the committees for the events and attend the landmarking of 4 homes in November.

Membership in the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society is open to the public. PCHPS mission is to preserve and promote the history, architecture, aesthetics and cultural traditions of the Park Cities. Proceeds of the luncheon and home tour are used to help preserve and maintain the Park Cities House at Dallas Heritage Village, support the new PCHPS archives at the University Park Library, fund the Society’s landmarking initiatives and award scholarships to Highland Park High School graduating seniors planning to study architecture, history or preservation. For more information visit www.pchps.org.

(Photos by Rob Wythe/Gittings.)

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