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Historic Dallas Building Gets New Home

By Steven Pickering | KRLD
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DALLAS (KRLD) – An historic building in downtown Dallas has a new home and a new lease on life.

The Liberty State Bank Building was dis-assembled and re-located to make way for improvements along Cesar Chavez Boulevard. It now stands at 600 Harwood, just across from the Dallas Farmers Market.

“It’s over 100 years old, and is the oldest commercial building in the city of Dallas,” said City Council Member Adam Medrano.

He pushed for the city to help with the re-location efforts and attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the site today.

“It was going to be knocked down to put in a thoroughfare. In order to save the building we had to move fast.”

Once the site on Harwood was selected, the building was taken down. But that was only the beginning of the project.

“We were able to take it apart brick by brick, transport it, and re-assemble it almost like a jigsaw puzzle,” said Tanya Ragan of Wildcat Management.

She hopes it will be a benefit to the surrounding neighborhood.

“At that time the Farmers Market neighborhood was going through a transition, and we were working very hard as a community to revitalize it,” she said. “Our goal is to bring people and positive economic development to the neighborhood. As a city, it’s important that we preserve these buildings, because they’re what make our downtown special.”

Council Member Adam Medrano thinks the building will have a positive impact. It already has two tenants: the Green Door Public House and V12 Yoga Studio.

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