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Citizen Input Opportunity

For all Swiss Aveue Historic District residents who are interested in providing input to the city, there is a new online public forum, just launched, that allows you to provide your views and opinions on planned community projects and initiatives. For details, see the announcement below from Dallas City Manager, A.C. Gonzalez.

The address to connect is

Occasional November 2014

SAHD Elects New Officers and Approves 2014-2015 Budget

At the annual meeting of residents in September, new officers were elected for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Newly elected officers are:

President: Joanna Hampton; Vice President: Bob Ruckman; Secretary: Michelle Manners; Treasurer: Peter Loh; Parliamentarian: Cameron Kinvig

Directors at Large: Bob Bracken, Jeff Bryan, Roger Carroll, Linda Solomon

Committee chairs for the coming year are: Planning and Zoning: Tom Bonifield, Beautification: Marilyn Waisanen, Children's Committee: Kim McCrea, Social Committee: Natalie Bodak, Community

Provide Us Your Input

Share Your Thoughts On The City Of Dallas' Renaissance Plan

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department is currently updating its comprehensive plan, known as the Renaissance Plan, as well as conducting its first recreation master plan.  A large component of both planning efforts is citizen input.  Input is needed to assist the department in determining priorities as it moves forward.  The survey link below will allow you to share valuable input into the ongoing devleopment of the Renaissance Plan. Your contribution is very much appreciated.

Thank you for  your assistance. The link is below.

The Sanborn Maps of The SAHD

Planning A Remodel? You Might Want To Check The Sanborn Maps 

We recently received an email from a Swiss Avenue neighbor who discovered a helpful resource that might come in handy if you are planning to restore a property in our district that includes a guest house. Due to zoning rules, if you are restoring a guest house that includes a bath and kitchen, you might need to provide documentation that your home's address originally included a second dwelling. One resource for providing this documentation are The Sanborn Insurance Maps, drafted in the early 1920s.

The Sanborn Maps are located

Occassional (July 2014)


I wanted to take this opportunity to say an enormous THANK YOU to everyone that put so much time, effort and energy into making this year's Mother's Day Home Tour the success that it was! I'm personally extremely grateful for everyone that stepped in to fill important roles to get the job done, put their beautiful homes on tour, helped sustain the district for another year, and helped our Mother's Day tradition grow even bigger and better.

Swiss Avenue Home Tour Named To Top Treats List

Swiss Avenue Mother's Day Home Tour

Named One Of the Top Treats In Dallas

The 2014 Swiss Avenue Mother's Day Home Tour was designated as one of the Top 8 Green Mother's Day Treats in Dallas. The list promotes the best green-conscious options for celebrating the Mother's Day Holiday. It was a wonderful weekend with a great turnout. We hope everyone who attended enjoyed the treat -- and we hope to see you again next year for the 2015 tour.

You can read the complete article here:

Occasional (April 2014)

Dear SAHD Residents,
As we look forward to the changing of the seasons, the blooming of flowers, and the beginning of "porch party"
weather, I wanted to give you a brief update about what is going on in our neighborhood.

On the social scene, a big thanks goes out to Sherry Ezell and the rest of the SAHD Children's Committee for hosting
such a wonderful and fun Halloween party for our neighborhood children! All of the children in the neighborhood
certainly have something to look forward to with the annual Easter Egg hunt right around the corner. Additionally, the
neighborhood also enjoyed a

Board Minutes, February 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Swiss Avenue Historic District Association
Minutes of the Monthly Meeting, February 18, 2014
The February meeting of the SAHDA was held at the Aldredge House on February 18, 2014.  President Cameron Kinvig called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.
The minutes from the previous meeting were presented, and a motion was made and seconded and voted to approve the minutes for the January meeting.
Cameron announced that he and Natalie Bodak and Bob Cox would be serving as Chairs for the Home Tour Committee.  Thus far, three homes have been secured for the tour, and one is pending.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

October 18,2017

September 2017

Message From The Outgoing President, Bob Ruckman

As I remarked in my first Occasional article a year ago, Fall is a great time to be a resident of the District. Once again, as the weather cools down, more neighbors are out enjoying the beautiful neighborhood that we live in which is even more inviting than last year, with all of the work done on the sidewalks, trees and median by our Beautification Committee. What is surprising is that the coyotes must think it is a pretty nice neighborhood too, since they have not yet done their disappearing act and in fact have remained very active. And in our block, we have a Muscovy duck which appeared one day on the street and can still be spotted on occasion as it grazes on grass along the sidewalk, apparently oblivious to the walkers and their pets as they come by.

As I wind down my year as President of the District, I would like to recognize some of our neighbors who have served our District and are responsible for what I believe to be a very good year for the neighborhood. Marilyn Waisanen and her Beautification Committee, in addition to the great work done on the sidewalks and trees mentioned above, have done a great job with plantings in Savage Park and at the entrances at Fitzhugh and LaVista. We really appreciate the tremendous job done by our neighbor Gary Ahr in managing the tree trimming on his own time. Jerry Baus has worked tirelessly with the Parks Department in getting them to focus their e orts on what is needed from them for our median and throughout the District.

Neighborhood safety continues to be a priority of the SAHDA as the Dallas Police has fewer officers to put on the street and our residents have expressed concerns about increases in crime. Our Alliance Against Crime committee, headed this year by Robin Marin, continues to manage our Extended Neighborhood Patrol (ENP) program with off-duty police officers providing extra patrols for the neighborhood. While additional funds were allocated last Fall to support this program, we continue to need the donations from our residents to maintain an adequate number of officers on patrol. It was a pleasure to work with Sgt. Steve Forman, our contact for the ENP program, who came to many of our meetings and reported on criminal activities of concern to the District and also Jose Ruiz, our Neighborhood

Code Representative, who has been very helpful with neighborhood issues and who also attended most of our meetings. In addition, we have also worked with City of Dallas representatives on matters involving tra c safety and parking issues in the District and finally did get the four way stop sign installed at Collett and Swiss.

Our Outreach Committee, headed by Robyn Schaub, did a great job in preparing new guidelines for the Committee and in administering the Outreach budget. In addition, the Outreach Committee sponsored rummage sale, headed up by Natalie Kinvig, resulted in additional funds for charitable donations by the Committee.

Thanks to the efforts of Kim McCrea and the Children’s Social Committee, the SAHDA had some great events this year for the kids in the District with special holiday parties. Likewise, the adults had some well attended social events during the year, including a Christmas Party at the home of Lee and Bryan Jones. Many thanks to Natalie Kinvig for heading up the social committee and, along with Cameron Kinvig, for having our food and beverages at all of our monthly meetings.

From the very start of our term, our Planning & Zoning Committee, headed by Jim Dunkerley, was faced with numerous zoning matters that could have impacted the SAHDA. We want to thank the committee for its vigilance in keeping the District aware of matters that require our involvement and to Nancy Phillips, who took over as chairman of the “P&Z” Committee this summer.

None of the above would be possible without funding. Our primary source of funds for the District is the annual Mother’s Day Home Tour. Our Home Tour chairman, Lee Jones, and her committee did a great job in putting on what many thought was one of our best tours. And I think that special recognition needs to go to Larry and Marilyn Waisanen, since it would be di cult to put on a home tour without the knowledge and expertise they have gained from their many years in working all facets of the tour. A special thanks to all of you in the District who again this year were house captains, docents, organized transportation or worked in the park and all the many tasks that allow us to have a memorable tour. 

Of course, the Home Tour could not be done without Bob Cox, who manages our website year round, and devotes a considerable amount of time and effort in supporting the Home Tour every year. In case you have not done so already, please log on to and sign up on the residents only section of the website.

This year, we alternated our monthly meetings between St. Matthew’s Cathedral and Munger Place Church and greatly appreciate their hospitality.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to our officers, directors, and committees that worked so hard to make this a better District. Good communication within the District is very important and Jean Dean, our Secretary for the District, has done a great job in keeping everyone informed. And, as I mentioned in my first article last Fall, we also have so many neighbors that do things for the District that we take for granted and often go unrecognized. I would like to again thank those individuals but will not attempt to list names for fear of leaving someone out, but know that what you do makes this such a great place to live. We would also encourage our new neighbors to get involved and join us at the monthly meetings, where you will have the opportunity to get to know many of your neighbors, and the issues that involve the District.

Finally, I look forward to working any way that I can with the new officers, directors and committees that will be serving the District for the upcoming year.

Bob Ruckman
President (2016-2017), SAHDA