Junius Heights was created in the 1906 on what was then the Eastern edge of Dallas. The neighborhood was developed by C.H. Munger. Described as the greatest lot sale in the history of Dallas, two hundred lots were reportedly sold between 12:01 A.M. and 12:45 A.M. on September 3, 1906. Advertisements of the day promised that Junius Heights would become the choicest residential section of Dallas. The neighborhood was well known by its large columns on Abrams and was served by the Junius Heights streetcar line until streetcar service was discontinued.
Junius Heights has an active neighborhood association that obtained historic designation in May 2005, making it Dallas’ newest and largest historic district. It is the largest collection of Arts and Crafts/Craftsman homes in the southwest, and includes Prairie and Tudor styles in a neighborhood of well over 800 homes in Old East Dallas, situated east of Munger Place, south of Swiss Avenue and southwest of Lakewood.
The annual Junius Heights holiday party will be Sunday, December 15, from 3:00-6:00 at the home of James Gudat, 1509 Abrams. Admission is free to all members and their families of the Junius Heights Historic District (JHHD). Membership is $20 a year for a family and includes admission to two neighborhood gatherings: a seasonal holiday party and the Spring Fling. Membership also helps support the activities of the neighborhood, endeavors such as landscaping in JH and the Sante Fe Trail, and assisting the mission of the Lipscomb School. Membership runs from Jan. 1-December 31.
Our host on December 15, James Gudat, is a collector of antique cars and jukeboxes. His house is a treasure to see! We look forward to seeing you on December 15! A strong neighborhood is one where neighbors know neighbors. It also is one of the best crime deterrents around!