Historical Turner House halfway to its renovation goal

In February, the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts inaugurated its centennial campaign for Turner House, a plan to reach $100,000 in donations to renovate the Oak Cliff landmark for it’s 100th anniversary.

“Turner House is an important and beloved symbol of Oak Cliff,” says Scott Chase, the society’s president. “We want to leave this landmark for many future generations to use and love.”

Last night at its annual meeting, the society announced that the halfway mark to that goal has already been reached.

The “Council of 100” was formed along with the campaign to recognize members who make generous donations to the restoration and preservation of Turner House.

The Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association, in which Turner House is located (one of Winnetka Heights’ founding developers built and resided in Turner House), presented a $10,000 check to the society. In honor of the association and its substantial donation and support, the large meeting room on the first floor of Turner House will be named the Winnetka Heights Hall.

Other Council of 100 donors include Joe McElroy and Linda Holt, James Prothro and Alfred Martinez, Scott Chase and Debra Witter, Marguerite Domatti and Gay Addington, Beverly and George Palmer, Joy and Kirk Kirksey, Arts Funding Development Group, LLC (Paula Murphy, owner), Russ Aikman, Carolyn and David Dunnigan, Carol and Jack Hagler, Thomas Marshall, Diane and Corky Sherman, Chris Barker and Lee Ruiz, Jan and Richard Doherty, David Griffin and James Ferrara, Reginald and Madeline Schwoch, and Judy Pollock.

More events are being planned to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Turner house including an art show in September, “100 Years of Oak Cliff Art,” with details to come.


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