Scott Chase, President of the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts, owner of Turner House, labeled the first half of the campaign a ”notable success.“
“Turner House is an important and beloved symbol of Oak Cliff,” said Chase. “It was built as a grand edifice by East Texas oilman J.P. Blake in 1912 for the then staggering cost of $50,000. At the venerable old age of 100, it now has restoration needs that the Centennial Campaign will help us to meet. We want to leave this landmark for many future generations to use and love.”
The Turner House Council of 100 was formed earlier in the year to recognize those who make substantial donations to Turner House. Levels are Founder, $10,000; Patron, $5,000; Legacy, $2,500, and Supporter, $1,000.
The Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association stepped up as the Founder and the large meeting room on the first floor of Turner House will be named Winnetka Heights Hall, in honor of its generous donation.
Other Council of 100 donors include Joe McElroy and Linda Holt, James Prothro and Alfred Martinez, Scott Chase and Debra Witter, Marguerite Domatti and Gay Addington, Beverly and George Palmer, Joy and Kirk Kirksey, Arts Funding Development Group, LLC (Paula Murphy, Owner), Russ Aikman, Carolyn and David Dunnigan, Carol and Jack Hagler, Thomas Marshall, Diane and Corky Sherman, Chris Barker and Lee Ruiz, Jan and Richard Doherty, David Griffin and James Ferrara, Reginald and Madeline Schwoch, and Judy Pollock.
Several events are in the works to mark the 100th year of Turner House. Plans are almost complete for a juried art show in September, “100 Years of Oak Cliff Art” and will be announced in the near future.