Neighbors Want the Party to End at Historic Aldredge House

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DALLAS—There’s a squabble on Swiss Avenue.  It’s all over the Aldredge house. The house was a gift to the Dallas County Medical Society in the 70’s for philanthropic use.  In recent years, a number of parties, weddings, and events have been held there.   Now, some neighbors are saying the ‘house party’ has gone too far.

“One morning we found after a very large party, after cars were parked all in front of our house,  there’s panties in front of the drive,” Attorney Chris Hamilton said during a presentation.

“What we’re hoping for is peace in the neighborhood where we have lived for many years.  My 92-year-old mother no longer lives at 5505 because of the noise and the traffic and the partying and the misuse of our peace and tranquility at the expense of raising funds,” neighbor Stephanie Stanley said.

Dozens battled it out at city hall Wednesday.  And the signs in front of the house tell all—the Aldredge house could be rezoned—keeping this neighborhood all residential.

“We are very much in support of all the neighbors,” Harryette Ehrhardt said.  “We believe that being a good neighbor is an essential quality that the Aldredge house has every intention of achieving.”

Supporters say the history goes way back.

“I’m one of the founders of the Swiss Avenue historic district.  We feel that the Aldredge house is the cornerstone of our district. It has been a very important part of it’s foundation.  If it hadn’t been for the Aldredge house, we probably wouldn’t have the Swiss Avenue historic district—Dallas’s first historic district,” she added.

After the Zoning Board of Adjustment voted, it was decided the Aldredge House could continue, but under the conditions that they strive to be better neighbors.