In Memoriam: Historic Oak Cliff buildings demolished since 2010

Landmark Commission member Michael Amonett came up with this list of all of the historic buildings that have been torn down in Oak Cliff since 2010 as part of our preservation town-hall meeting this week.

Oak Cliff Christian Church, 300 E. Tenth, 1916-2010

Demolished for Dallas ISD athletic fields.

Alamo Plaza Hotel Courts, 712 Fort Worth Ave. 1947-2010

Demolished for Sylvan Thirty apartments and retail complex.

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Humble Station, Zang at Beckley, 1929-2012

Initially demolished for a convenience store, but the lot is still empty.

600 Elsbeth St., apartments that were the one-time home of Lee Harvey Oswald and Marina Oswald, 1925-2013

The city of Dallas won a court order to have the complex demolished following disputes regarding code violations. The lot is still empty.

The Mission Motel, 514 W. Commerce, 1940-2015

Demolished for apartments.

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Pecan Deluxe factory warehouse (half of Calvario Funeral Home), West Davis at Madison, 1927-2015

Demolished for a parking lot.

Church of the Master, 1010 W. Kiest, 1953-2016

Initially demolished for a retail complex; the lot is still empty.

H.H. Barnes warehouse, Beckley at Illinois, 1955-2016

Demolished for a CVS store.

Wyatt Food Store/El Chico/Tejano Restaurant/El Corazon de Tejas, 110 W. Davis, 1940-2017

Demolished for a CVS store.

Retail strip in the 100 block of South Beckley, 1922-2017

Demolished for a park.

Service station at Beckley and Tenth, 1950s-2017

Demolished for a park.

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  • Boomer63

    An historical fact:
    A decision that was made in the past, that actually saved buildings, was the Tyler/Polk one-way couplet.

    The one-way couplet was built because of Tyler Street’s right-of-way issues and city leaders put in the one-way couplet as a solution. Otherwise, Sylvan/Tyler/Polk would have continued its original plan and would have traveled past Kidd Springs Park straight through Davis and past Jefferson as a wider road. The historical buildings enjoyed today would have been torn down, so the one-way couplet saved a bit of history for Oak Cliff.

  • GeneP54

    He does. He hates anything that isn’t new north Dallas. That’s why he’s pushing for this elevated park and for reconstruction here in OC. He wants us to be like north Dallas. He wants the old, the heritage gone because he’s ‘progressive’.

    I’ll be glad when he’s gone!

  • Darryl Baker

    Where is the list of buildings that are left so we can start advocating for them BEFORE the demolition permits are issued? I bet if we approached the current owners with good ideas about how they can be economically saved and re-used, it could be a WIN-WIN for everyone.

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  • KeepOurFreedoms

    The mayor of Dallas must really hate Oak Cliff.

  • dhusu

    Wow. I admit I forgot about the church in the first picture, I remember climbing those steps as a kid