Increasing Comfort and Convenience
In the mid-sixties an organization started up a museum that would become a labor of love for many Dallas-ites. It all began with Millermore mansion’s near demise.
The mansion, named Millermore by William Brown Miller's daughter who said the home was for the Miller family plus more, was built in 1855 and was home to the family for over 100 years. The Miller family were prosperous cotton-planters in the pre-Civil War South.
In 1966, as the building fell into disrepair and the owners considered demolition, the Dallas County Heritage Society that disassembled the building then began looking for a place where it could be reconstructed and restored as the historic gem that it was.
The mansion found a home in Dallas’ Old City Park, the first park in Dallas. Four years later, the Dallas Heritage Village opened on 20 acres of historically rich land with the Millermore Mansion, the Miller log cabin, and a playhouse.
It wasn’t until 1993 that the museum completed their quest to fill the park with historic buildings that represent the current village. Today you’ll find several residences, a church, school, train depot, bank, saloon, and general store. Each building is represented as accurately as possible and sets the stage for an experience with history that is rare in the region.
Now the focus has shifted to giving each of the structures the TLC they so desperately need. This is the story of one of those buildings, the Fisher Road building.
This humble farm house was originally located on Fisher Road, which lies where Dallas's White Rock Lake now sits. When it was relocated to the Village, it became a restroom.
Today, the drab brown and cream color scheme, and lack of air conditioning makes this bathroos a second choice for guests. It was high time for a revamp to bring the bathroom current and bolster comfort and convenience for the 50,000 plus school children, families, and history-loving adults who visit DHV every year.
Stuff You Shouldn’t Miss at DHV
Maybe your kids have been lucky enough to take a field trip to DHV and come back with stories about giant donkeys and scratching chickens. Maybe you’ve wondered what’s it all about?
“It’s all about making connections” says Ms. Prycer. “We welcome every curious person to enjoy the immersive experience at our museum. History is one of the great universal subjects. There’s an aspect of history that is right for everyone because history is the story of humanity and we are all humans. It’s about finding what kind of history you like.”
Here’s a few things you should not miss as you try to connect with history:
DHV had a list of must-haves for the new bathroom, like air conditioning and durable, easy-to-clean materials that could stand up to the antics of even the most rambunctious fourth-grade boys. But they also wanted a vintage flavor that would remain a classic for many years to come. Melissa Prycer, President and Executive Director at DHV, put it this way, “We wanted something that looked fresh and clean and classic, but that had a historical flavor to it.”
Daltile had just the right combination of clean-ability, durability, and style to suit their needs. A white beveled subway tile with black accents cover the walls. And a classic one-inch hex mosaic in a black and white pattern spreads across the floor. The black and white scheme plus the timeless shape and size selections give the newly remodeled bathrooms a feeling of the vintage while also remaining fresh for contemporary visitors.
The DHV and Daltile families gathered on October 9th, 2015 to celebrate the reopening of the Fisher Road restrooms. A Daltile representative, Avia Haynes, who has worked as volunteer at the Village, said to the group, "As the leader in tile, one of Daltile's committments is to help the community around us and we were honored when DHV called us. They selected tile that is not only the hallmark of our brand, but ultra-durable--which was so important to this project--and versatile--which worked into the retro look they wanted."
In leau of the classic red ribbon cutting, the fun-loving staff draped toilet paper across the entrance then tore it to mark the official opening.
Daltile employees who attended the event represented members of the marketing and product development teams who made the project possbile.