Oak Lawn's oldest structure is for sale, and Neil Emmons fears it will be demolished

Posted on 15 Oct 2009 at 12:29pm
The building that served as the original Oak Lawn United Methodist Church now stands at 3206 Knight St.
The building that served as the original Oak Lawn United Methodist Church now stands at 3206 Knight St.

The oldest structure in Oak Lawn is on the market, and openly gay Dallas Plan Commissioner Neil Emmons fears it may soon be demolished. The building at 3206 Knight St. is nestled in behind the Valero convenience storeĀ  and across from Kroger. Emmons said although it’s been added to, the base of the structure served as the original Oak Lawn United Methodist Church at Cedar Springs Road and Oak Lawn Avenue when it was founded in 1874. According to “The Oak Lawn Vision: A History of Oak Lawn United Methodist Church,” the building was erected in only 15 days. Here’s an excerpt from the book:

“The little building served until 1890, when it was replaced by a larger structure. Then it was moved to Cedar Springs and Douglas and served as the Oak Lawn school house. In 1904, Will H. Cullum bought that building and moved it to Hall and Knight Streets, where he converted it into his home. It was later moved to the back of the lot and rebuilt facing Knight Street where it remains today.”

Here’s what the building originally looked like:

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