Junius Heights – Dallas, Texas
Junius Heights was created in 1906 on what was then the Eastern edge of Dallas. The neighborhood was developed by C.H. Munger.
Described as the greatest lot sale in the history of Dallas, two hundred lots were reportedly sold between 12:01 A.M. and 12:45 A.M. on September 3, 1906. Advertisements of the day promised that Junius Heights would become the choicest residential section of Dallas. The neighborhood was well known for its large columns on Abrams and was served by the Junius Heights streetcar line until streetcar service was discontinued.
Junius Heights has an active neighborhood association that obtained historic designation in May 2005, making it Dallas’ newest and largest historic district. It is the largest collection of Arts and Crafts/Craftsman homes in the southwest and includes Prairie and Tudor styles in a neighborhood of well over 800 homes in Old East Dallas, situated east of Munger Place, south of Swiss Avenue, and southwest of Lakewood.
Landmarks in and near Junius Heights include:
• the Lakewood Theater and Lakewood shopping center outside the northern tip of the neighborhood
• the Lakewood branch of the Dallas Public Library at Abrams Rd. and Worth St., adjacent to the district
• Woodrow Wilson High School (Official Dallas Landmark, State of Texas Historical Marker, recognition by the National Trust for Historic Preservation) at Columbia Ave. and Glasgow St., near the district
• J.L. Long Middle School on the Woodrow Campus (City of Dallas Landmark)
• Lipscomb Elementary School at Worth and Lowell Sts.
• Junius Heights Baptist Church at Reiger Ave. and Augusta St.
• St. John Methodist Church at Beacon and Columbia Ave.
• Juliette Fowler Communities at Abrams Rd. and Reiger Avenue, and
• a small commercial center at Junius St. and Henderson Ave.
The neighborhood is served by the Dallas Independent School District (DISD). Residents are zoned to William Lipscomb Elementary School (grades PK-5), J.L. Long Middle School, and Woodrow Wilson High School.
Lipscomb is inside the Junius Heights Historic District, and Woodrow Wilson is adjacent to the historic district. Dallas Public Library operates the Lakewood Public Library, which is also inside the historic district.
In addition to Junius Heights, Lipscomb also serves Munger Place and Swiss Avenue. By 2008 DISD made the school only serve grades K to 3, with grades 4 and 5 from the Lipscomb zone assigned to Mata Elementary. By that year parents campaigned for the return of grades 4 and 5 to Lipscomb. In 2008 Lipscomb began serving the 4th grade. As of 2019 Lipscomb now serves all elementary grades.
Mata, now Eduardo Mata Montessori School, a K-8 school, gives second admission priority to people zoned to Woodrow Wilson High. Therefore Junius Heights is one of the neighborhoods with priority for the school.