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South Boulevard/Park Row Historic District

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Early 20th century. 2400–2700 blocks of South Blvd. and Park Row

To the east of the tracks, two streets (South and Park) of the four-block-long district contain one of the few surviving early-twentieth-century neighborhoods in Dallas. The location of Temple Emanu-El (see DS74) in 1913 in this area southeast of downtown attracted prosperous Jewish families, who commissioned houses from prominent architects in the favored styles of the day. As demographics shifted after World War II, business and civic leaders within the African American community moved to the neighborhood. Large houses line the north side of South Boulevard, with more modest houses of similar styles on Park Row.

The strong Prairie Style character of the house (1914, Lang and Witchell) at 2419 South Boulevard may indicate the hand of Charles E. Barglebaugh, who worked with Lang and Witchell from 1907 to 1917. Extraordinarily wide overhangs of the gabled, red tile roofs with exposed rafters are supported on extended beams. A boldly eclectic house (1913; 2527 South) combines Tudor and Craftsman features. The Levi Marcus House (1913, J. Edward Overbeck) at number 2707 combines Craftsman, Prairie Style, and Mission elements. Architect J. Edward Overbeck was a brother of architect H. A. Overbeck.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "South Boulevard/Park Row Historic District", [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, 181-181.

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