Preservation Park Cities Fall Meeting

(Featured photo: Lisa Henderson, co-chair; Amy Beale, president, PPC; Katie Walters, co-chair.)

Preservation Park Cities (PPC) 2023 Fall Membership Meeting gave a delightful insight on landscape architecture from Bill Bibb and Brian McDonald, founders of DFW landscape architecture firm Archiverde.

Sponsored by PPC’s 2023 Education Meeting Sponsor, Benchmark, the event was chaired by Lisa Henderson and Katie Walters, who also graciously hosted the event in her home. The evening began with a delicious selection of passed hors d’oeuvres and a featured a lovely wine which Katie had found in her recent travels to Italy and sourced in Dallas.

Katie welcomed the crowd and thanked Amy Beale, PPC president. She gave a brief introduction of the two speakers, saying that their landscape architect firm had done the landscape architecture at her home.

Bill and Brian took turns at the slideshow, sharing some background on how they had met in California, and in later years met again in Dallas working with Naud Burnett and then formed their own firm. Their presentation included details on some of the difficult and challenging aspects they encountered in many projects in the past and said it is important to hire a landscape architect when designing or changing the landscape of a home, because it not only adds to the overall value of the home, but to the appearance and beauty of the home’s surrounding landscape, as well.

PPC’s mission is to preserve and promote the history, architecture, aesthetics, and cultural traditions of the Park Cities. Proceeds of PPC’s major fundraisers: the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon, Historic Home Tour and the Classic and Antique Car Show are used to fund:

•        Property Landmarking

•        Stewardship of the PPC archives at the UP Library

•        HPISD Architecture/History Student Scholarship Award

•        The Park Cities House at Dallas Heritage Village

•        The Distinguished Chair for History at HPHS

•        The “Save the Top 100” campaign and publication of a new book

           For more information about membership in PPC, its benefits and more, visit the website at


•  The Historic Home Tour, Distinguished Speaker Luncheon and the Park Cities Car Show are the organization’s only fundraisers each year. The proceeds are allocated to help further our mission to preserve and promote the history, architecture, aesthetics, and cultural traditions of the Park Cities.

•  The purpose of the annual Historic Home Tour is to showcase architecturally and historically significant homes of the Park Cities and illustrate how these homes have been restored or remodeled to serve the lifestyle needs of families today.

•  The organization landmarks architecturally and historically significant homes in the Park Cities, some of which are on the Historic Home Tour.

•  Members of the organization enjoy historic and preservation oriented educational programs.      

*Photos by Rob Wythe/Wythe Portrait Studio  

(Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, is honored to represent Preservation Park Cities and its special events and announcements and post this Philanthropy Lifestyles Scene.)                                      


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