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City receives Preservation Achievement Award for Mockingbird Wall restoration

July 12, 2021

University Park has received the Stewardship Award in the Preservation Achievement Awards, presented by Preservation Dallas, for the restoration of the David R. Williams Loma Linda brick wall along Mockingbird. The wall, designed decades ago by Dallas architects Marion Foshee and James Cheek, was intended to be one of the first subdivision entries in the area and is viewed by hundreds of motorists each day. Foshee and Cheek also designed Highland Park Village in 1931, which became the first self-contained shopping center in the country.

Costing $170,000, the project was funded from the City’s Capital Improvements Budget and was completed in August 2017. The scope of the project included masonry repair, wall painting, lighting upgrades, landscape enhancements and paint. The wall was reinforced using existing material, and new lighting fixtures were added to entrance towers. Prior to the preservation, the site was densely planted with trees that could not reach full maturity due to lack of sunlight. Working directly with residents, the City selectively removed some trees to reduce competition for light and also chose plants adapted to North Texas that are shade tolerant to create a boulevard effect.

Founded in 1972, Preservation Dallas is dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of historic buildings, neighborhoods and places. The 22nd annual Preservation Achievement Awards were held virtually on June 30.

Click here to view the video presentation of the award, and to learn more about the wall's origin and the early years of our community.