Its rehab almost finished, the 111-year-old Davy Crockett School in East Dallas can now be yours


Published: 12:15 pm on February 17, 2014.

By:Ai??Robert WilonskyAi??

Four years ago Crockett looked like a decaying, abandonded haunted (school) house. Today it almost looks brand-new.

Four years ago (this month!) it looked like the 111-year-old Davy Crockett School on Carroll Avenue in East Dallas was a goner despite its designation as a Dallas landmark. The building, vacated by the Dallas Independent School District in 1989, was a trash-strewn target for taggers; calling it an eyesore was an insult to other eyesores. (See the video below.) Briefly used for administrative offices, the district eventually sold it (for cheap ai??i?? 239,000 whole dollars) to Ken Good, who promised a redo without getting too specific about its future use.

Turns out, the 50,000-square-foot structure, with 27 classrooms, could be anything at this point ai??i?? yours, even.

A peek through the front door of Davy Crockett

Good says the redo is about 80 percent finished: It has a new roof and a new electrical system, and a centuryai??i??s worth of wear has been removed from the exterior. And, he says, itai??i??s this close from landing a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. (Good even had to have the windows remade to look like the originals, no small task.) All that remains on the to-do list: painting the interior, staining the floor and installing HVAC. Those tasks wonai??i??t be completed until a new tenant moves in.

ai???Weai??i??re just waiting for the right user to come along, whether thatai??i??s a lease or a sale,ai??? says Good.

He says heai??i??s spoken with about 20 would-be tenants about a variety of possible uses, ranging from residential to a charter school. KIPP Public Charter Schools was in talks to move in to Davy Crockett, says Good, but ultimately decided to look elsewhere ai??i?? south of Interstate 30.

ai???I told them Iai??i??d give it to them for a song and a dance,ai??? says Good. ai???But the problem with a charter school is the neighborhoodai??i??s almost too nice. They want to be where the schools are so bad parents are lined up to get their kids in, so the schoolai??i??s fully enrolled by day (Coincidentally, DISD is also looking to reopen two currently closed campuses while repurposing others in Far East Dallas.)

At one point, he says, the historic school house ai??i?? the first built during the districtai??i??s self-proclaimed ai???early expansion eraai??? that lasted from 1900 through 1929 ai??i?? looked like it might become an arts center of some kind, or perhaps even an art school or a nursing school. But for now, a lease-or-sale sign remains affixed to the gym, where, on Saturday afternoon, workers were still coming and going.

Crockett as it looked about a century ago — and as it more or less looks today (File photo)

ai???We just havenai??i??t found the right fit yet,ai??? says Good, who adds that he was more or less cajoled into buying the school by preservationists who wanted to make sure it didnai??i??t crumble into nothingness as a result of demolition by neglect.

ai???When I bought it, I didnai??i??t really do much due diligence,ai??? says Good. ai???I was shocked to find the bones were in good shape. Itai??i??s amazing how well built it is. It has a two-foot-thick foundation on it. Iai??i??ve done a number of downtown buildings, and Iai??i??ve never seen a building as solidly built as that thing. When I first went to see the building, and I fell in love with the architecture. It was one of those if-you-build-it-they-will-come type of

Incidentally, Crockett was added to Preservation Dallasai??i?? Most Endangered List in 2010 ai??i?? along with the Statler Hilton and 508 Park Ave., both of which are also being resurrected.



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