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Architecture & Design Foundation, Archer County Museum & Arts Center

Exterior of the 1910 Jail building, future home of Archer County Museum & Arts Center

Architecture & Design Foundation, Dallas

Ad Ex | 325 N. Saint Paul St., Dallas | May 10, 2023

A presentation of Texas Historical Foundation’s grant to the Architecture and Design Foundation (ADF) will take place 3:30 p.m. May 10 at the AD EX building in downtown Dallas (325 N. Saint Paul St. #150). The grant is in support of ADF’s forthcoming “Lost + Found”, a multi-media exhibition exploring historic spaces from around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex past and present, from the perspective of preservationists, historians, artists, architects, and more.

Based on the Columns Magazine column of the same name, the exhibit offers a deep dive into places that have been “preserved, repurposed, demolished, neglected, and/or forgotten”, revisiting spaces covered in columns past with an emphasis on raising preservation awareness for endangered places. Exhibit contributors include THF Executive Director, David Preziosi, among other contributors to the long-running column. The exhibit will open October 2023 at AD EX’s first-floor gallery before travelling to municipal spaces around Dallas.

Texas Historical Foundation directors and general members who wish to attend should email grants@texashistoricalfoundation.org. To learn more about Architecture and Design Foundation, visit dallasadex.org


Archer County Museum & Arts Center, Archer City

ACMAC | 203 E. Pecan St., Archer City | May 24, 2023

THF board member Carol Lipscomb will host a presentation of the Foundation’s recent grant to Archer County Museum and Arts Center Wednesday, May 24. ACMAC secured Texas Historical Foundation funding towards their effort to stabilize Archer City’s historic 1910 Jail building.

The building had long been the home of Archer City’s museum of local history and art until the long-term effects of deferred maintenance took its toll. Conditions forced the museum’s closure in 2017, with much of its collection languishing inside. In response, Archer County Museum and Arts Center formed in 2020 and immediately set about rescuing the museum’s vulnerable artifacts and planning the structure’s rehabilitation. Ultimately, the group plans to not only reopen the beloved landmark as a museum, but to demonstrate the role that historic preservation can play in the revitalization of a town.

The group quickly made considerable strides in saving the building, realizing a successful fundraising campaign and necessary preservation plans that had long been deferred. With notable preservation architecture firm Architexas on board, ACMAC will break ground on the first phase of structural stabilization in June.

If you are a THF director or member and wish to attend, reply to this email, or contact grants@texashistoricalfoundation.org for details. To learn more about Archer County Museum and Arts Center and the history of the 1910 Jail, visit theacmac.org

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