| Ruth Chenoweth Award-Monte Anderson
| Written by Judy Pollock for the Oak Cliff People
This year the Ruth Chenoweth Conservation Achievement Award was presented to Monte Anderson by the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League at their annual Holiday Party on December 10th
. Recipients of this award are leaders of a preservation team that have exhibited extraordinary achievements in their efforts to strengthen and preserve the character and integrity that is our history and our future. Phil Levin, President of OOCCL states that “Monte and the Options Team exemplify sustainable development. He applies a long-term vision to create projects that are economically viable, and also sensitive to history, the community and the environment.”
Monte Anderson is the President of Options Real Estate Investments, Inc. a multi-service real estate company specializing in creating sustainable neighborhoods in Oak Cliff, southern Dallas and northern Ellis counties. Mr. Anderson began his real estate career in 1984 and since that time has concentrated solely on improving the living and working environments in these communities. His company developed Main Station, the first mixed-use development in Duncanville, Texas.
He is also responsible for the renovation of the historic Belmont Hotel, a 68-room boutique hotel located in the Trinity River Corridor. His most recent development is a 131-acre mixed-use, traditional neighborhood development currently under construction in Midlothian, Texas.
Mr. Anderson is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his community involvement including the Preservation Dallas Award, Preservation Texas Award, CLIDE Award (Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence), and the Texas Public Works Association Project of the Year. He currently serves as president of the founding board of directors for the North Texas Chapter of Congress for New Urbanism.
The award was created by the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League to recognize excellence in individuals who show excellence in their dedication to the Oak Cliff community and who go above and beyond the call of duty in the conservation and preservation of our historic resources
This award recognizes outstanding conservation achievement pertaining to a property of historical significance in Oak Cliff. That may include preservation, conservation, rehabilitation, restoration, reconstruction, adaptive re-use or a combination of these design principles.
Consideration includes the treatment of hard-scape and landscape on the existing site and that the property - building and its total site - does not intrude upon the surrounding neighborhood but rather compliments and benefits it.
The award is named for Ruth Moore Chenoweth who was responsible for organizing the effort to win national, state and city historic designations for the 50-square block Winnetka Heights neighborhood. Her efforts as a champion of historic preservation won her many honors including the Lantern Service Award from the Historic Preservation League, the Dorothy Savage Award for outstanding achievement in historic preservation, and a historic light and plaque in the Stemmons Plaza Park.
Mrs. Chenoweth was a founding member of the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, the Dallas Heritage Council, the Neighborhood Conservation Alliance, the Dallas Home Owners League and the Historic Preservation League, now Preservation Dallas.
Come Celebrate the Season !
OOCCL's Holiday Party
at the Oak Cliff Country Club, known now as the Golf Club of Dallas.
The Club is located at:
2200 W Red Bird Ln,
Dallas, TX. 75232
10 Dec 2012 @ 7pm
Please join us for food, drink, & revelry.
We will be presenting
The 2012 Ruth Chenoweth Conservation Achievement Award at the party.
Free to the League's membership
$20.00 to non-members
Now is a GOOD time to join!
| Officer Tippit Historical Marker Dedication
Adamson High School's JROTC Honor Guard
The JD Tippit Historical Marker dedication ceremony took place this afternoon, the 20th of Nov, at Patton and 10th Street, part of the Adamson Campus. A large crowd gathered for the dedication, including JD Tippit's widow, Marie Tippit, and their 3 children, Brenda, Alan, & Curtis, as well as several other Tippit family members. Also present were DISD District 7 Eric Cowen, Council-person of Dist 1, Delia Jasso, Texas House Representative Raphael Anchia, Chief of Police David O Brown, and Farris Rookstool II, who wrote the 109 page narrative for the designation. Members of the OOCCL that attended the dedication were Phil Leven, current president, Judi Glazer, Membership, Judy Pollock, VP-Memberhip Sherry Peel, VP Neighborhoods, JD Jasso, Treasurer Lybo Buchanan, VP-Communication, Michael Amonett, past President, Barbara Barbee, past President, & Pam Conley, Kidd Springs representative.
Juan Armijo, Senior at Adamson High School and High School Reporter, opened the dedication ceremony commemorating the historical event.
Presentation of the Colors, was performed by the Adamson High School JROTC with the Dallas Police Department Choir singing God Bless America.
Eric Cowan, DISD Trustee for District 7, gave the welcoming speach and introductions of the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League. See photo below on right.
Michael Amonett, past president of the OOCCL, gave a brief history of how the historical marker for JD Tippit came to be. It started 2 years ago during an interview with Brad Watson, who inquired why there was no marker for Officer Tippit. Amonett did not have an answer, so started the process of finding out how to make it happen.
Chief David Brown described the events leading up to the shooting of Officer Tippit, and introduced Marie Tippit, his widow. Chief Brown walked Mrs Tippit to the podium where she briefly spoke a few words to the crowd.
The Unveiling of the Historical Marker was performed by Farris Rookstool II, Marie Tippit, & Chief Brown. See photo above, left.
As Juan Armijo said at the beginning, the marker will serve as an inspiration to the students at Adamson High School.
A tangible piece of history in their own back yard.
It was indeed a beautiful day.
Marie Tippit with Michael Amonett
It has been almost 50 years since Officer Tippit lost his life in Oak Cliff that fateful day in 1963 while trying to detain Lee Harvey Oswald. Oswald's initial arrest was due to Tippit's murder, not Kennedy's.
On 20 Nov @ 1pm, at 10th & Patton Streets in Oak Cliff, the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, the Dallas Police Department, and the Dallas Independent School District are holding a Dedication Ceremony for the Historic Marker honoring Officer J.D. Tippit.
It was about 2 years ago that Brad Watson did a story on Michael Amonett as President of OOCCL and during the interview asked him why there was no marker for Officer Tippit. Michael said he did not know and neither did he know how to go about getting one. However, he said he would find out. In the process toward that goal, all these people came out and made it happen.
The Texas Historical Foundation gave $5,000.
Farris Rookstool wrote a 109 page narrative for the designation.
Eric Cowan got DISD to donate the land and allow the marker on their property.
Michael Amonett filled out the application
and has served as the project coordinator.
Michal said "it has turned out as perfect as it ever could culminating with Mrs. Tippit unveiling the marker at the dedication."
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