Architecture critic David Dillon says, "...the appeal of Oak Lawn has always been its social and cultural diversity. It is funkier and more fluid than the rest of Dallas with pockets of gritty and urban vitality that remind us that Dallas is a real city." It also has pockets of opulence and historic grandeur adding to its allure. See More
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Oak Lawn is made up of four smaller neighborhoods inside Turtle Creek Area. Click on the map and discover each specific neighborhood as you explore this area.
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Oak Lawn can be traced back to Dr. John Cole, who in 1843 was building a thriving community north of Dallas called Cedar Springs. It was on the north ridge overlooking the Trinity. In 1850, when Cedar Springs competed with Hoards Ridge on the south of the Trinity and with Dallas for the county seat, it had a distillery, grist and flour mill, and a general store with a pharmacy.
When Cedar Springs lost the election it lost its momentum until 1929 when it was annexed into Dallas. This area now known as Oak Lawn has thrived with a combination of residential and commercial development, including neighborhoods of Tudor cottages, 1920s luxury apartments, historic hotels, off-beat eccentric retail enclaves and a Phillip Johnson designed French eclectic office tower and hotel court. Land use of this area often intermingles residences and businesses adding vitality to the city.