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Mr Bowies House


Central Dallas Ministries


Dallas, TX

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Green Rater:

Project Goal:

The Congo Street Green Initiative is an effort to empower 5 single-family homeowners through design while revitalizing a forgotten street in Dallas. Congo Street, with a density of 26 units per acre and houses averaging 600 square feet, is a remnant of a socially and economically segregated time. Built before 1910, this small community of dwellings fell into disrepair with little attention despite being located two miles from our city center and three blocks from the grounds of our State Fair. Many of those who live there now are the children and grandchildren of former renters, and witness to multiple generations of its tight-knit community.


The Initiative serves as a model for sustainable projects demonstrating that green design can be affordable for all communities. Houses are built for $50,000 but more importantly the ‘Holding House’ model keeps residents in their own neighborhood. The approach retains social cohesion while making as much use as possible of the existing physical infrastructure. This benefits the current families of the neighborhood, not hypothetical new residents, and serves as a model for a new way to revitalize existing neighborhoods.

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