East Kessler Park
Published: 19 September 2008
Established in 1937
East Kessler Park is the most eastern of the Kessler Park neighborhoods. Early Dallas families such as the Guggenheims from Switzerland and the Stemmons once resided in the area. The neighborhood we know today was established in 1937. The neighborhood association, one of the oldest in the city, was organized in 1950. Its borders are Sylvan Avenue, North Beckley Avenue, West Colorado Boulevard and I-30 Tom Landry Freeway. Methodist Medical Center, built in 1927 on land donated by the Stemmons family, anchors the southeast corner of the neighborhood.
The residential architectural styles range from ranch to modern and present-day contemporary. Sizes range from small cottages to large multi-story houses. The art moderne house at Cedar Hill Road and Colorado Boulevard, built in 1936 as one of the first all-electric residences in the city, retains many original features. Several mid-century modern houses are located here including the former home of AIA award winning architect David Braden.
Rock Lodge, a stagecoach stop
One of the oldest masonry structures in Dallas County can be found in East Kessler Park. Construction on the Rock Lodge, may have started as early as 1870 using stone quarried in the neighborhood. The lodge functioned as a stop on a nearby stagecoach trail at one time. It currently is a residence obviously built to last as the stone exterior walls are two feet thick in some places.
Many houses in East Kessler Park blend into the hilly, wooded landscape and are located within walking distance of downtown. Coombs Creek and Kidd Springs Creek flow through the neighborhood on their way to the Trinity River. Kessler Parkway Park and the Combs Creek walking and bike trail line the northern edge.