OOCCL votes to support the Preservation of Rosemont Elementary
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 OOCCL voted unanimously at their November Board meeting to support the preservation and restoration of the exterior of the oldest segment of Rosemont Elementary.

Rosemont was built at the same time as Booker T. Washington High School, Lida Hooe Elementary and Sunset High School.  

Booker T, Lida Hooe and Rosemont have identical facades.  Rosemont was covered up with panels in the 1970's.  The bricks can be seen behind the gutters and an official with the school says the window openings are there as well.  

Paula Blackmon from DISD attended the meeting and said now that the bond has passed, discussion of Rosemont's new school will be moving forward and preservation will definitely be part of that discssion.

Above ground parking garage for Bishop Arts?
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 Talks are underway to possibly hire Walker Parking Consultants for a consulting contract on the addition of an above ground parking garage at Bishop Arts Village.  Details here.  The linked document seems to suggest this structure would charge for parking.  Previous discussions had only mentioned below grade parking that would be overparked by 30% with no charge for the public.  No word yet on how the two are related.

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“Dumptop” is a nickname for the concrete structure rising 3-stories from a West Dallas escarpment inside The Villas at Dilbeck Court. The name was derived during site clearing when it was discovered that the site had once been an illegal dumping ground. Mounds of tires and 10 forty-foot trash containers of concrete were removed before foundation work could commence. Designed for a philanthropist by Dallas architects Booziotis & Company Architects, the 9,000 square-foot home was completed in 2014 and offers spectacular views of the Trinity River corridor and downtown Dallas. Four structural concrete pylons support the three primary living zones while also holding the bulk of the secondary functions. Each living zone is capped with a cantilevered concrete roof. Clad in limestone, the residence evokes a sense of permanence, while expansive areas of glass provide amazing views to the north and east. A floating circular staircase graciously connects the three living levels. 

The residence was designed to LEED for Home standards and has been awarded LEED Silver Certification. Built on what is essentially a brownfield site, the building utilizes captured rainwater to irrigate native plantings on the site. The structural frame uses high fly-ash content concrete, while locally sourced materials and high recycle content materials are used throughout. The systems include fully controlled lighting with some LED, solar-heated hot water, and high-efficiency heating and cooling.

The owner’s intent is to host a wide array of cultural events involving local charities and the arts. In this spirit, the home will be a significant part of the Dallas community for generations to come.

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Carefully designed to reflect the high style of the modern era by architect John Thompson, this 1967 home is a mid-century stunner located in a unique enclave in Wynnewood Hills. Bar Harbor Drive is a meandering avenue of one-of-a-kind custom residences and a gorgeous canopy of trees. The house has instant curb appeal with the front facade projecting out like the bow of a sleek vessel. Its handworked masonry is of multi-hued, natural brick deeply embossed with a unique fossil-like finish, seemingly merging the past and the present. Three thousand five-hundred square-feet of style and surprise cleverly divided into a public and a private space await you as you pass through the grand entry door of jeweled glass and turquoise enamel. The soaring interior, the unexpected juxtaposition of angles, the fluid lines, and the use of light are simultaneously soothing and provocative. 

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