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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.

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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.

Occasional (April 2013)

As we welcome a colorful change of season, we are beginning to see a host of changes in our community from an influx of new residents to new businesses! The focus this year is on our community through a variety of social activities, projects, and security. Now that we are in the midpoint of the 2012/2013 fiscal year, this is a good time to recap the progress the SAHD committees have made in support of our goals.

Through the efforts of the SAHD Social Committee, the district has partnered with Chamberlain Studios of Self Defense for a neighborhood workshop, hosted a neighborhood happy hour at

Occasional (September 2012)

A community typically refers to a social unit largerthan a small village that shares common values. Asthe new president for the Swiss Avenue HistoricDistrict Association (SAHDA), I am pleased to bepart of a community and a neighborhood associationthat facilitates citizen involvement at the local level,as well as offers a venue for entertainment andrecreation through social activities, and addressessecurity concerns of the residents.

Having lived in the Swiss Avenue Historic Districtfor three years now, I believe that I have become partof a community and not just a resident in aneighborhood.

Occasional (February 2012)

Dear SAHD Residents, 

So much has happened since the last publication of the Occasional: 

As a result of our annual meeting in September, there were a few changes in the officers:

Bob Bracken is finally being able to step down as Treasurer and, though still in the process of the change-over, is being replaced by Robert Thomas. Bob has been a wonderful and diligent treasurer for many years and after a well deserved, andhopefully short, rest will once again take aposition on the board. (That is once hestops doing his happy dance up and downBryan Parkway.)

After serving two years, Gaye


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