About Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson's art and design interests led him to a Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Masters courses in Historic Preservation rounded out his foundation for his future. College years in Madison formed Jim's future life ethic.

After graduation he formed a consulting firm specializing in Historic Preservation and Landscape Architecture and completed a number of landscape architectural designs for the Village of Kohler Wisconsin, a 1920's English village company town designed by the Olmstead Brothers and at the Kohler family estate, Riverbend. Jim also completed a huge architectural model which of the National Register district of downtown Sheboygan Falls. This highly detailed model was used to show property owners and funding sources the potential for the 40 cream city brick Victorian commercial structures. This model was the catalyst to enable the full restoration of the downtown.

A move to Dallas, Texas

Sheboygan Falls was the final consulting project before coming to Dallas where Jim served as an urban planner in historic preservation and the Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Dallas for twenty six years. Jim's Dallas career was a full and extremely rewarding experience. Interfacing with historic stake holders came very naturally to Jim. His great design sense, knowledge of historic preservation and excellent diplomatic nature was a perfect marriage for a long and successful public sector career. Jim excelled at assisting commercial property owners, residential historic district home owners, architects, landmark commissioners and elected city, state and national officials.

In Jim's public sector career he was instrumental on the staff team to designate over 100 City of Dallas historic structures and districts including some of Dallas' greatest historic assets including Fair Park, the Adolphus hotel, the downtown Harwood Historic District, Crozier Tech High School, the Texas Theater, the Sears Southwest Distribution Center, Frank Lloyd Wright's Kalita Humphries Theater and Woodlawn; the Old Parkland Hospital which was designated in 1987.

Jim also reviewed all the renovations and improvements to the over 3,500 individual landmarks and structures located in the historic districts. Major renovations include the reconstruction of the bell tower on the Old Red Courthouse, the restoration and reconstruction of the murals, sculptures and Art Deco structures in Fair Park, the restoration of the exterior and Interior of Union Station, the adaptive reuse of over 40 offices and warehouses in downtown Dallas, Deep Ellum and the Cedars neighborhood south of downtown to create Dallas' highly successful Intown Housing program. He also was responsible for the adaptive reuse of Old Parkland Hospital and worked closely with Crow Holdings Barry Henry. Jim has also assisted developers with the economic tools; the preservation tax incentive program and TIF funding to create viable economic realities in a very difficult market.

Much recognition

Awards include Dallas Realtors Award for the for renovation of Jim's 1901 Victorian Cottage, a Black Dallas Remembered Award for the designation that saved the Freedman Cemetery, and Preservation Dallas' coveted Stewardship Award for significant contributions to Dallas historic preservation effort. Jim Anderson Preservation and Design will take these skills and knowledge into the private sector to assist clients in the fields of Historic Preservation, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture. Historic Tours and Speaking Engagements are also services that Jim can deliver.