Wilson Historic District

The Wilson Historic District was created by the Meadows foundation.  It is located two blocks north of Baylor Hospital and just blocks east of downtown Dallas, and 100 years back in time!
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Preservation Dallas Wilson Block Historic District

Read more about the non-profit community, the Meadows Foundation and the Wilson Historic District here. More about  the Meadows Foundation here.

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Preservation Dallas Wilson Block Historic District

The Wilson House – Home to Dallas Preservation

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Preservation Dallas Wilson Block Historic District

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Preservation Dallas Wilson Block Historic District

Preservation Dallas:  Preservation Dallas is a nonprofit membership organization. Initiatives are championed to protect the history and culture of neighborhoods and historic buildings throughout the community, enhancing the quality of life and economic development of Dallas.

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Gazebo in rear of Preservation Dallas Wilson Block Historic District

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Wisteria covered entrance to Preservation Dallas Wilson Block Historic District




Authentic Plantings of Wood Fern and Fig Trees

Ferns are indigenous to Texas and do very well in cultivated settings.  The ferns below would have been a common plant in 1899, when the Wilson House was built.

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Ferns indigenous to Texas gardens found at Dallas Wilson Block Historic District

Most homes had a fig tree as seen below with the large leaves.  Fig preserves (or preserved figs depending on how finely the figs were chopped) were a common breakfast treat in the early 20th century and a great way to save the bounty of fig trees which reach 12 to 15 feet tall.

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Fig tree authentic planting at Dallas Wilson Block Historic District

Wilson Home Interior

The lovely branches seen on the mantle in the Wilson house may well have been a common decorative approach when the Wilsons lived in this home.

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Interior Preservation Dallas Wilson Block Historic District

The beautifully ornate fireplace mantle reflect the prosperity of the owners and provide the sole source of heat on those chilly mornings.

Ornate Fireplaces Interior Preservation Dallas Wilson Block Historic District

Ornate Fireplaces Interior Preservation Dallas Wilson Block Historic District

It was not uncommon to decorate the “Music Room” with a musical motif.  These feminine colorings may reflect a musical appreciation by Mrs. Wilson and her daughter.

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Music Room Ornate Fireplaces Interior Preservation Dallas Wilson Block Historic District

Interior Preservation Dallas Wilson Block Historic District

Interior Preservation Dallas Wilson Block Historic District

You leave the home hoping it provided loving support to the family that built it and lived in it for so many years.
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Next week a detailed look at the amazing growth of Japanese Maples and other plants in the Wilson Historic District during the past two years !  I do NOT intend to stay away that long again.

Row of Beautifully Restored Cottages

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That same Japanese Maple two years earlier in March!  Japanese Maples loose their brilliance in the summer.  This is considered to attributable to the various breeding programs of the many nurseries involved in breeding and cross breeding.
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Same tree three years later …

 Park in Wilson Historic District

This park located across the street from the Wilson House and one block north of Baylor Hospital is filled with Twilight Crape Myrtles.
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Beautiful Park of Twilight Crape Myrtles

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The amazing large purple Twilight Crape Myrtles, not quite fully bloomed out in the park across the street, are above and below.  I believe these to be the popular Twilight Crape Myrtle.  The image below was taken two years later.  The Live Oaks continue to grow but these Crape Myrtles look as though they have reached their maximum height though they do appear to becoming wider.

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Twilight purple crape myrtle reaches over 40 feet tall.