History of Kessler Plaza
The southernmost of the "Kessler"
neighborhoods, Kessler Plaza began development in the late 1930s. A drive
around the area reveals a variety of architectural styles ranging from
eclectic Tudor and colonial revival to 1950s ranch style. One last parcel of
land was developed in the 1970s, reflecting a contemporary mode.
While some of the newer houses are three-bedroom-sized, the area is noted
for the distinctive collection of picturesque cottages. Most offer
two-bedrooms with exteriors of brick, Austin stone or a combination of the
two. Boasting unique gable treatments, distinctive windows, unusual roof
dormers, wood trim and porches, each elevation is individual. Marvin Avenue
and Tenth Street have the largest concentration of these cottages, many of
which were built by the same contractor. Most have been well maintained or
are being restored by a new generation of enthusiastic owners.
The area has a tranquil feel with wide, curving streets and tree-shaded
yards offering attractive green spaces, belying the fact that the lots are
urban-sized. This is one of those older Oak Cliff neighborhoods that has
remained desirable over the years, while keeping a lower profile than its
sister areas to the north.
Many Kessler Plaza neighbors are also members of the
Oak Cliff Conservation League, a non-profit organization
dedicated to preserving older homes and strengthening neighborhoods in the
Oak Cliff area.
Map of Kessler Plaza