Spotlight Q & A with Lucinda Buford, President, Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society

The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society presents Three Exciting Spring Events Taste • Tour • Explore

(Featured photo taken at the Educational Meeting at Gigi and Roy Salley’s home:  Lucinda Buford, President, PCHPS; Angela Downes, Jana Paul, Home Tour Chair.)*

The following Q & A is with Lucinda Buford, president, PCHPS with more details about the events and the organization:
The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society is presenting three events this spring and invites everyone to join in to Taste • Tour • Explore.

Our Presenting Sponsor, AllieBethAllman & Associates is proud to present our spring events:
April 11 is the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon at the Brook Hollow Golf Club, chaired by Tish Key and featuring Jenna Bush Hager. Gail and R. Gerald Turner will serve as Honorary Chairs.

April 14 is the Annual Historic Home Tour chaired by Jana Paul. This year’s tour features five fabulous Park Cities Homes: 3504 Hanover, 3928 University, 3925 Potomac, 3712 Maplewood, and 4516 N. Versailles.

April 21 is the Annual Classic and Antique Car Show at Burleson Park, 3000 University Boulevard. Free and open to the public, chaired by Polly and Dan McKeithen.

Presenting Media Sponsor is D Home and Community Media Sponsor is The Park Cities News and The Waters Family.  Radio sponsor is KESN 103.3 FM ESPN.

Q: Tell us about the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society.
A: The mission of our group is to preserve, protect and promote the historic, architectural, cultural and aesthetic attributes and traditions of the Park Cities. Our society invests its membership’s volunteered time and its resources to educate and advocate for preservation, but ultimately the power of preservation is in the hands of the residents and homeowners of this wonderful neighborhood.

Q: Who is Jenna Bush Hager?
A:  Our Distinguished Speaker Luncheon with honorary chairs, Gail and R. Gerald Turner will feature Jenna Bush Hager. A contributing correspondent on NBC’s Today show and an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine.  Hager is the daughter of former U.S. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, and twin sister to Barbara Bush.  An engaging speaker, she will share stories and memories from her childhood both in Dallas, and the White House, in conversation with Pierce Allman.

Q: Tell us more about the Home Tour and how the funds are used.
A:  Our Home Tour Chair, Jana Paul, has organized the most impressive day. I am confident that after touring this year’s homes, everyone will agree that all are showstoppers! Each home truly showcases best practices in renovation to create beautiful, well-appointed living spaces while preserving architectural heritage. The proceeds from all of our events will fund scholarships for graduating seniors of Highland Park High School, as well as support of The Dallas Heritage Village, support the new PCHPS archives at the University Park Library, landmarking local historical homes, advocacy and educational meetings.  This year we are proud to announce our funding of the PCHPS Endowed Chair of the History Department at Highland Park High School – the recipient will be announced at our luncheon on April 11 – another reason not to miss!

Q:  The Classic & Antique Car Show was a new event last year and is back again this year.
A:  It is! Our third Annual Classic & Antique Car Show will be held on Saturday, April 21st at Burleson Park on the SMU campus. Co-Chairs Polly and Dan McKeithen have spearheaded this event, which receives rave reviews every year. Free and open to the public, the show exhibits vehicles in multiple classes.

Q: Tell us why you think this neighborhood is unique.
A: I love our neighborhood because of its special residents, fine police and fire protection, the exemplary schools and wonderful churches.  This quote from a long-standing board member and architect, Taylor Armstrong, describes it quite nicely,  “Because our homes have been built over a period of almost a hundred years, we have a diversity of styles that are representative of what was fashionable during various eras. This provides a rich mosaic of homes that reflect the tastes of individual owners as wells their architects. Few neighborhoods are developed in this way today, nor do they have the heritage that only time can give.”

Tickets for the April 11th luncheon are on sale now and start at $150 each.  Patron single seating starts at $300 each and include a Patron Party invitation, as well as a private event with luncheon speaker, Jenna Bush Hager.   Other levels include more benefits. Sponsorships and table underwriting are available beginning at $1,500 up to $10,000.

Advance tickets for the Saturday, April 14 Historic Home Tour are available online now at www.pchps.org. They are $20 in advance at $25 at the door of each home on the day of the tour. Online sales end Tuesday, March 28. All tickets purchased online will be mailed. They are also now available at these Tom Thumb stores: Snider Plaza, Preston Center, Greenville/Lovers Lane, Inwood/University, Lincoln Center.  For more information, call the PCHPS office (214) 582-0021 or checks for the Park Cities Historic Home Tour tickets can be mailed to 25 Highland Park Village, Suite 100, Box 286, Dallas, TX 75205-2789.

* Photos by Rob Wythe/Gittings.

(Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations is honored to represent the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society.)

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