The Location – The Newland Hotel & The Cedars
The Cedars Art Gallery is located on the ground floor of the historic Newland Hotel in The Cedars Arts District. George A. Carden erected the building on S. Akard in 1922. Upon completion, it housed Dallas’ thirty-second Piggly-Wiggly store. The second story of the building served as a hotel and, according to some, a brothel. The building, now owned by Paul Cook, provides urban lofts, artisan studios, and is home to numerous urban professionals.
The Newland Hotel is also an integral part of The Cedars Arts District, an area roughly bounded by the Trinity River to the west, Central Expressway to the east, I 30 to the north, and Corinth Street to the south. The Cedars Arts District is home to a wide variety of artists, restaurants, entertainment venues, and urban pioneers. Over the past few years, The Cedars has experienced tremendous growth as more people discover its charm. New, cutting edge buildings such as The Buzz Lofts (on S. Akard, across the street from the Studio), and the Dallas Police Headquarters combine with renovated – and rejuvenated – historic structures such as the Newland Hotel and The South Side on Lamar, which used to be the Sears Building. Poor David’s Pub and Gilley’s have settled into the neighborhood. This excitement has attracted coffee houses, lounges and restaurants such as the Absinthe Lounge, Amuse Restaurant and Lounge, Brooklyn Jazz Cafe, Tryste, Lee Harvey’s, and Standard and Pours Coffee Shop. Plans for more are on the way.
Now a trendy urban arts quarter, The Cedars was among Dallas’ first elegant neighborhoods. Named after the forest of cedar and oak trees lining its streets, The Cedars became home to some of Dallas’ great leaders, including Alexander Sanger, of Sanger-Harris, and Stanley Marcus, of Neiman-Marcus. The Cedars also boasted Dallas’ first city park (now Heritage Village), the city’s first water pump station, its first telephone exchange, first zoo, and numerous stately mansions.
As Dallas grew, The Cedars, already home to many of the city’s leading businesses, embraced the new industrialization. The quiet, Victorian village, perched on the south edge of the City of Dallas, became a thriving industrial center with factories and warehouses, such as the old Sears-Roebuck building. Eventually, as commerce evolved, The Cedars became ripe for a new wave of people who realized the potential of this convenient, eclectic and historic neighborhood. These people are now transforming The Cedars into a unique community that nurtures vibrant, creative people who enrich Dallas with character and culture. Please visit us as we celebrate this exciting neighborhood.