Skip directly to content

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.

Get To Know Your Home

Know Your Home

One of the many unique aspects of The Swiss Avenue Historic District is it reputation for containing the broadest range of early 20th Century architectural styles in the entire Southwest.  Its eclectic mix of homes, spanning its 2 ½ mile stretch, represent virtually every popular residential design style, including Mediterranean, Spanish, Spanish Revival, Georgian, Mission, Prairie, Carftsman, Neoclassical, Italian Renaissance, Tudor and Colonial Revival.

Learn more about why your home looks the way it does, listen in to an informative and entertaining interview, which

Swiss Avenue Association Meetings

Monthly meetings of the Swiss Avenue Historic District Neighborhood Association are held on the third Tuesday of every month. Meetings are genrally held at The Aldredge House, 5500 Swiss Avenue, but locations can vary from month to month and will be announced as the date for each gathering approaches, once the venue has been confirmed. Please check back for details as the date nears.

Monthly meetings are open to all residents of the district, their friends and families.

Occasional (July 2013)

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

As this is my last letter as President of the Swiss Avenue Historic District, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the vast accomplishments over the past year. It has been a great honor to serve as a leader in the district this year! I have enjoyed my time as President and can’t articulate how lucky I am to have served with such a great board.


Saturday, February 11th – 3PM

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

To download the entire brochure, click on the link below the article.

Message From The President

Fall is a great time to be a resident of the District. As we get past the summer heat, more neighbors are out enjoying our beautiful neighborhood. I am one of those early morning dog walkers and it is amazing how many neighbors you get to know by walking our neighborhood.

The District’s annual meeting in September had a huge turnout and I think we have a great slate of officers and directors in place for this year. Many of our neighbors have stepped forward to head up our committees and anyone who would like to get involved should let me know. I am pleased to report that Lee Jones is our Home Tour Chair for the 2017 Mother’s Day Home Tour. This will be the Districts’ 44th home tour. Please consider including your home on the tour, even if you have done it before and if interested, contact Lee Jones. Revenues from our home tour go primarily toward funding our neighborhood improvements, additional police protection and our outreach program.

Our Beautification Committee, led by Marilyn Waisanen, has done a great job over the past years with improvements to Savage Park, our medians, and landscaping for the gates at Fitzhugh and La Vista. In addition to continuing with plantings, fertilization, irrigation repairs, and replacing the donor signs that were removed from the Fitzhugh Gates, we are also instigating a program this year by which the SAHDA will provide parkway tree trimming that will be organized by resident Gary Ahr. Additionally, SAHDA will also provide funding whereby SAHDA will help subsidize sidewalk replacement costs in connection with the City’s 50/50 Cost Share program. Let Marilyn know if you are interested in any of these programs.

Our Board also voted to increase spending this year for our Alliance Against Crime

Committee, which will continue to be led by Robin Marin. With recent concerns about a shortage of officers for the Dallas Police Department and some increase in activity, particularly towards Fitzhugh, we want to do what we can to keep this a safe neighborhood. However, the AAC Committee cannot provide for sufficient patrols without our individual contributions and I would encourage you to continue to support the AAC.

Our Social Committee, headed by Natalie Kinvig, and our Children’s Committee, headed by Kim McCrea, continue to plan activities that provide us opportunities to get together with our neighbors. A Halloween Party for the children has been scheduled for October 30 (Contact Kim McCrea for details) and our SAHD Holiday Party has been tentatively scheduled for December 11.

Our Planning and Zoning Committee provides the important function of monitoring land use or zoning plans that could potentially have an impact on the District and it develops proposals or responses for the Board’s consideration that are in the best interest of the SAHD. Tom Bonifield has ably led this committee for several years but is not able to continue. Jim Dunkerley, who has considerable experience in such matters, has agreed to step in and lead this committee. 

Robyn Schaub will head up our Outreach Committee. This committee’s responsibility is to review and support projects to benefit the district and surrounding neighborhood.

Finally, I hope that everyone has had the opportunity to visit our website at, which has a wealth of information about the District and ongoing activities, and is a key resource in marketing and managing the Home Tour. If you have not done so, you should sign up on the residents only section of the website. We have been fortunate to have Bob Cox who has devoted a considerable amount of time and expertise in making this an excellent website.

Aside from our officers, directors, and committees, we have so many neighbors that do so many things for the neighborhood that we take for granted and often go unrecognized. I do not even want to attempt to list names at the risk of leaving someone out. However, know what you do makes this such a great place to live.

Bob Ruckman President, SAHDA 

Sunday, August 31, 2016

To Donate Online, Click Here: Dallas Ambush Victims' Fund