Preservation Dallas offering tour of former Monroe Shops

Preservation Dallas is offering a hard-hat tour of the former Monroe Shops in Oak Cliff Thursday. DART is renovating the 1914 building for the DART police headquarters. The structure was built as a trolley car repair center, and has been empty since the 50s or 60s. DART is attempting to get a LEED Silver certification.

The tour starts at 6 p.m., and it’s $10 for Preservation Dallas members and $20 for everyone else. Drive if you want to, but you can ride the DART Blue Line to the Illinois Station, where the tour starts.

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  • Linda Watters

    My grandmother and uncle owned for many years a business on Cedar Crest Blvd in Oak Cliff called Ace Mattress Co. It (the business) was a staple in East Dallas long before the family transferred it to Oak Cliff. I have numerous photos to substantiate this.

    My question: has any historical research been done with regard to the Cedar Crest Blvd (Ave) development of businesses, churches, and homes? I know that the building that housed Ace Mattress Co. still stands–have driven by it–and that, though accompanying businesses (The Tibet Lounge and Williams Plumbing, along with Ace Mattress) no longer exist, am presuming that Cedar Crest Blvd surely shares a certain place in Oak Cliff (and certainly Dallas) history.

    I am a 3rd-generation Dallasite–South Dallas and East Dallas grounded, and would be interested in sharing my memories with Preservation Dallas.

    Linda Mundy Watters