Today I got a chance to relieve some much needed academic stress I had lunch at Gloria’s with my classmates across the street from my favorite Taco Stand In Bishop Arts District. Then we got a chance to window shop and adventure in and out of some of the stores there. Bishop Arts Distinct is so beautiful now. It was interesting to see all the people walking around. It reminded me of the old Deep Elem. There were people everywhere. The district was so vibrant. This is what community/streets should feel like.
Throughout my studies I’ve heard all these theories about how a community and neighborhoods should look and feel like, but I guess it just depends on who you ask. Even though I hate Oak Cliff I would love to move closer to the District. This week I heard someone say what’s so great about Bishop Arts District; it’s nothing but a bunch of restaurants. I almost fell out of my seat. How can they say that. Obviously they don’t know oak cliff, because there are no decent restaurants with patio seating anywhere else in Oak Cliff.
I’m studying Adaptive Reuses right now and Bishop Arts District is a true reuse. Remembering old Bishop Arts District is I was bracing myself to walk in and out of a ton of antique stores, I was sooo wrong. For this blog I’m just going to post a few pictures.
I got a chance to walk through the old court house to see a few of the renovations done.
The feeling in this building was amazing. As soon as I walked in I felt like I had walked back in time. Goofy me, I was waiting to see the coloreds only door or the two water fountains. But instead I saw a beautiful building that had been well preserved.
This building was originally created in the 30’s and it was amazing to see how developer Shawn Todd was able to restore the buildings lime green paint, marble and hardwood floors. Along with restoring the old court house windows, ceiling and walls. The developers added lighting pendants that added to the buildings historic ambiance.
I didn’t get a chance to see the restorations made to the apartment rooms. From my understanding this historic building also houses 78 luxury apartments, a roof top lounge, community garden, a small gym and Sunday Brunch. Leasing in this building starts at $1300.