The renovated 84-year-old building currently is headquarters to Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters and a photography agency, Sisterbrother Mgmt. Old Oak Cliff Conservation League past president John McCall bought the building in 2007 and spent about three years renovating it.
The building “had been mothballed for years” when McCall bought it, he says. About 80 percent of the windows were broken and had to be replaced one by one. A sandblaster removed years of graffiti. He installed a heating and cooling system and renovated the interior.
The coffee company moved there in 2010, but it is moving out soon. The company’s owner, Shannon Neffendorf, is renovating his own old building on West Davis between Tyler and Vernon.
McCall says he hasn’t finalized a lease for a new tenant yet, but so many people have expressed interested in the soon-to-be-vacated space that he says he probably won’t even put it on the market.
Preservation Dallas’ 14th-annual preservation acheivement awards ceremony is Wednesday, May 15.