Located just east of downtown Dallas, the Wilson Historic District was created in 1981 to restore and preserve the most extensive collection of Victorian structures in the city, establish a home for the Foundation, and provide nonprofits with rent-free office space.
The District in Action
Building on History
The District was a modest idea in 1981 to rethink how to use two abandoned city blocks. If it worked, we could create a permanent home for the Foundation while also serving the neighborhood and area nonprofits in an innovative way.
Forty years later, it is more than a collection of historic buildings. It’s a collaboration of nonprofits who believe, dream, create, support, and shine big for our city and communities. The original project makers shared their memories in Preservation Dallas’ recognition of the District.
Where Possibilities Grow
The District is not quite like anywhere else. It’s a place where organizations as diverse as Texas are dedicated to a shared vision of a collaborative neighborhood that fosters and enhances our missions.
Our residents are 501(c)3s in good standing, serve the people of Texas in one of our program areas, and have a strategic mindset. They receive free rent in restored homes, traditional office buildings, and coworking office spaces. As part of the program, we also cover residents’ costs for maintenance, security, water, and landscaping.
In return, they are responsible for all other operating expenses as well as working toward sound management, operational, and financial practices.
District alumni include ARTreach, Aspire, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Community Partners, Dallas Concillo, Hope Cottage, The Senior Source, and TexProtects.