635 N. Zang was constructed in 1910 by George Sergeant. Sergeant was a Fifth Circuit Court Justice and former Dallas Mayor. Sergeant served only a short time as mayor, from 1935-1937, but he presided over arguably one of Dallas’s most ambitious endeavors ever – the 1936 Texas Centennial. Sergeant became known as the Centennial Mayor. He had a hand in bringing the Centennial to Dallas. Both San Antonio and Houston had also competed to host the event.


After winning the fair, it had to be funded. Federal WPA monies were secured as well as local and state funding. For a $25 million investment, Dallas raked in $50 million to the local economy.  The fair lasted 6 months and over 6 million people had attended. The exposition being in Dallas is credited with buffering us largely from the impacts of the Great Depression.

Architect George Dahl was “director general” of a group of architects that designed the buildings. Ten architects directed by Dahl, were hired to design 26 major buildings in nine months.

On Friday June 12, 1936, President Roosevelt went to the Fair and gave a speech at the Cotton Bowl and dedicated the statue of Robert E. Lee at Lee Park. George Sergeant Jr. swears President Roosevelt visited the home and drank lemonade on the front porch. Correspondence with Eleanor Roosevelt was found inside the home.

Simultaneously the Triple Underpass was being constructed which at the time was described as an accomplishment of engineering genius. The underpass was completed and opened during the Centennial.

In 2010, the home was for sale for $149,000.00. It was bought by Jim Lake Co. and currently is for lease as a restaurant.  

The home is in the Oak Cliff Gateway - Subdistrict E, Walkable Urban Mixed Use (WMU-3-SH), 3-1/2 stories max., 50 feet max.

Michael Amonett