Swiss Ave. Church, Now Actor's Home and Artists Residence, Almost a City Landmark
|Good night, Corabeth: The city is one step closer to certifying the former St. Joseph's church and school a historic landmark.|
According to Katherine Seale, Preservation Dallas's exec director and a member of the designation committee, this site visit is the committee's final meeting before sending the case file to the Landmark Commission, which is expected to certify the structures as official city landmarks. But first the committee has to figure out what non-historic pieces of the building Edwards can demolish as she turns the former academy into an artists residence.
"It's really cool," Seale says. "The school rooms had all been covered up in sheet rock, and the pressed-tin ceilings had been encased with tiles and drop ceilings. And she's uncovered all the windows and all of the classrooms and all of the pressed-tin ceilings -- all of it was retained, and no one knew it was there because it had been covered up. It's a really exciting project -- a landmark in your backyard you never knew about." Till now.