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Landmark Oak Cliff Church Seeks Salvation
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Contributed By: Oak Cliff Christian Church
Email The Author: vicki@theyoungcompany.net

DALLAS–(March 2010)– Oak Cliff Christian Church located at 300 E. 10th Street, Dallas, Texas 75203 is seeking a buyer by August 15, 2010. The deal must be closed by October 29, or the building will be destroyed.

The asking price for the 27,000 square foot historic church is $1.2 million. The property is listed by Monte Anderson of Options Realty, 972 283 1111 office, 214 546 1200 cell, monte@optionsre.com. Listing details are available at http://www.optionsre.com/property/church_for_sale_in_oak_cliff/185.

The building is structurally sound and could be easily restored and repurposed as a residence, restaurant, or business, or, even reconsecrated as a church. The building underwent asbestos abatement in February 2010 and was certified asbestos-free. It is currently zoned multi-family with a view of downtown Dallas, making a residence or a condominium conversion ideal.

“Time is running out to save this one-of-a-kind example of historic Dallas architecture,” stated Michael Amonett, president of the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League (OOCCL). “We ask interested individuals or groups to please contact Options Realty immediately. If we fail to find a buyer, this magnificent building will be lost forever.”

An open house will be held at the church on Saturday April 10th from noon to 4:00pm. There will be tours, an exhibit of period photos of the historic building in its prime, and renderings of its proposed restoration. This event is free and open to the public. Beverages will be served.

History: Built in 1916 on the corner of Tenth and Crawford, Oak Cliff Christian Church is one of just six churches remaining on historic Tenth Street. These six were once part of a larger group of 23 churches lining Tenth, so many that the street was listed in Ripley’s Believe it Or Not. The 1916 sanctuary and adjacent education building, built in 1926, are neo-classical designs by the architectural firm of Van Slyke and Woodruff. Van Slyke and Woodruff also designed the McKinney Avenue Baptist Church, which later became the more familiar Hard Rock Café.

According to the Warren Commission Report, after shooting President Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald returned to his boarding house in Oak Cliff, walked past Adamson High School, turned on Tenth Street and passed in front of Oak Cliff Christian Church. Oswald shot and killed Officer Tippit nearby. On his way to the Texas Theater, he apparently cut behind the church where he dropped his jacket. The jacket was later collected by Dallas police.

Amonett concluded, “Oak Cliff Christian Church could live on for another century. At least four city blocks in front, and to either side of the church complex will be cleared in the next year for athletic fields. Acres of green space will frame the structure and its view of the Dallas skyline. Plus, the church is located just eight blocks from the burgeoning Bishop Arts District–a hot spot in the ongoing redevelopment of North Oak Cliff’s close-in neighborhoods.

“North Oak Cliff is a leader in revival, restoration and redevelopment. OOCCL has worked hard to save this beautiful structure from the wrecking ball. If you can help, or are interested in this property, please act immediately. The Dallas Independent School District, which acquired the property at the end of 2009, will demolish the building if a new owner is not found by August 15, 2010.

Photos available on request or online at http://www.ooccl.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=310&Itemid=140

 


Keywords: Landmark Oak Cliff Church, endangered history

Posted: April 8, 2010
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