Built in 1904, the Alexander Mansion is a historic Dallas landmark and the last remaining house in its original form along Ross Avenue, which was once lined with stately mansions. In 1930, the mansion was purchased by the Dallas Woman’s Forum, the first woman’s departmental group in Texas. It has been home to the historic women’s group ever since.
The Dallas Women’s Forum’s mission during the past century has focused on servicing the needs of the community, especially women, children and those who cannot always help themselves. The Alexander Mansion also is used as a meeting place for other non-profit organizations, educational and historical tours, and for community events such as recitals and concerts.
In recent years, the Alexander Mansion has fallen into a state of severe disrepair that included a 50-year-old roof system in dire need of replacement. Over the years, multiple leaks in the roof had caused extensive damage to the inside of the building, including a wall that was cracking and about to fall away from the building, partially due to the moisture.
Without a roof system replacement, the mansion would have deteriorated to the point that it would need to be demolished. However, The Dallas Women’s Forum didn’t have the funds to pay for the $178,000 replacement.
NRCA member Texas Roof Management Inc., Richardson, Texas stepped in to remove the existing roof system and replace it. The roofing work included a deck replacement, parapets wall repairs and installation of a vapor barrier. They also raised the insulation to R-25 and applied a two-ply polymer-modified bitumen roof system for code compliance.
Texas Roof Management viewed the project as a unique opportunity to work on a project of major historical significance to the Dallas community.
Now that the roof system of the Dallas Women’s Forum has been replaced and the leaks have been eliminated, the organization is able to proceed the remaining repairs to the building’s structure.
“Without the incredible support of Texas Roof Management, we would have been unable to repair and preserve one of Dallas’ rare jewels,” says Wanda Hensley, president of the board of the Dallas Woman’s Forum.
Once restoration of the Alexander Mansion is complete, the goal of the Dallas Women’s Forum is to open the mansion to the community and school children as a resource for learning about the history of Dallas.