Eight vintage photos of North Oak Cliff

We pulled all these photos from the City Design Studio’s report on the West Davis Study. UPDATE: David Spence of Good Space says he provided all of these pictures for the City Design Studio’s report, and he credits the original sources in the comments below.

You don’t have to read the whole West Davis Study report because we broke it down for you here.

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Where the Coca-Cola sign is would be El Jordan Cafe today.

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We’ll soon return to our roots as a streetcar suburb.

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This is where Whitehall Exchange is now.

Screen shot 2014-02-13 at 11.53.43 PMBishop Street Market was Oak Cliff Pharmacy. Supposedly, Clyde Barrow hung out there. You can see the Eno’s building on the left side of the frame.

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Gloria’s now occupies the former fire station on North Bishop at Davis.

Screen shot 2014-02-13 at 11.54.17 PMNorth Loop Garage was where Lockhart Smokehouse is now. The Bishop/Davis rezoning a few years back prohibits new automotive businesses from starting up in the area.

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Kemp Garage is now the home of Bolsa.

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This is a four-unit apartment complex. Thirty-nine new apartments are under construction nearby.

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  • David Spence, Good Space

    As the person who provided the CityDesign Studio with these historic photographs, I’d like to give some credit to their sources: The 1929 images were taken by Marie Frederick Rawlins, wife to Marvin Rawlins, who lived her entire life (1905-1994) at 412 W. 7th St. The North Loop Garage photo was provided by Dallas attorney Clay Scott Jr, whose father owned the garage. Bill Kemp, son of Ralph Kemp (the oldest of the three men pictured), provided the photo of Kemp Garage. The four-unit Fory House, at 811 N. Bishop, is probably the oldest continually operated apartment building in Dallas. In her 90s, Edna Fory (the smaller of the two children in the foreground) sold the building her father built in 1905 to local architect Trey Bartosh, who has the original photograph.

  • My great uncle Ralph started the Kemp Garage