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Turtle Creek Boulevard

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1911, George E. Kessler. Turtle Creek Blvd. between Maple and Avondale aves.

One of the few City Beautiful amenities of Kessler’s plan constructed, the garden parkway connected the new north suburbs to downtown with a string of parks. High-rise, high-priced apartment/condominium buildings dominate the skyline above the treetops to take advantage of the views of the modest topography and vegetation.

Rosewood Mansion (1925, J. Allen Boyle; 2821 Turtle Creek Boulevard) was built for cotton trader Sheppard King as a rambling, Mediterranean styled villa. An 11-story addition (1981, Shepherd and Boyd) converted the property into a luxury hotel. Adjacent at 2801 Turtle Creek, Mansion Residences (1994, Haldeman Powell + Partners) is a 12-story condominium, which repeats many of the historic details from Rosewood Mansion. Arlington Hall (1939) at 3333 Turtle Creek, a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project, modeled on Robert E. Lee’s Arlington House in Virginia, is an event venue. A pedimented Doric portico overlooks a 15-acre park and formal gardens. A bronze equestrian statue of Lee on his horse, Traveler (1936, Phimister Proctor, sculptor; base, Mark Lemmon), commanding the intersection of Turtle Creek Boulevard and N. Hall Street, was dedicated in June 1936 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt when he was in Dallas to attend the State Fair.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Turtle Creek Boulevard", [Dallas, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 162-162.

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