GFF Project Wins 2011 Preservation Achievement Award

GFF’s (GFF) renovation of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Dallas’ Arts District was recently selected to receive a 2011 Preservation Achievement Award, given by Preservation Dallas. This marks the 12th year for the Achievement Awards, which recognize Dallas’ most outstanding projects involving the preservation, rehabilitation, and enhancement of Dallas’ historic buildings and neighborhoods. GFF Principal Jonathan Rollins and Architect Xavier Spencer were present to accept the award along with Rev. Elzie Odom, Jr. from St. Paul.

Founded in 1873 by a community of freed slaves, St. Paul is now designated as a Dallas Landmark because of its cultural significance. In 2006, St. Paul and Highland Park United Methodist Church formed a partnership to renovate and restore the historic building, constructed incrementally between 1901 and 1921. The rehabilitation project included structural stabilization and new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, along with new life safety alarms and fire sprinklers. The Sanctuary was renovated, maintaining its historic configuration and restoring the remaining original finishes while adding new functional elements. Original stained glass windows and curved pews were painstakingly restored. The church was rededicated in May 2010.

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