State Thomas – Dallas, Texas

State Thomas is a Dallas Landmark District in the Uptown area of Dallas, Texas (USA). It borders downtown to the south at Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Bryan Place to the east at US 75 (Central Expressway), and LoMac to the north and west.

The State Thomas neighborhood contains the largest collection of Victorian-era homes remaining in Dallas including the Jacob and Eliza Spake House listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The establishment of the region as a Special Purpose District in 1986 helped make it one of the first new urbanist regions in the city.

State Thomas is a mixed-use residential and commercial district representing the largest remaining collection of intact Victorian residential structures in Dallas. The district consists of one- and two-story frame houses in mostly the Italianate, Queen Anne, and vernacular styles.

Griggs Park

Griggs Park sits on the northeastern edge of State Thomas, where the neighborhood borders Woodall Rodgers Freeway. The pet-friendly park spans eight acres and features walking paths, benches, groves of trees, and views of both the downtown and uptown Dallas skylines. The park also features a memorial to the park’s namesake, the Rev. A.R. Griggs, a 19th-century Baptist preacher and leader in the historic State Thomas and Freedman’s community.

Things to do in State Thomas

The State Thomas Dallas area of Uptown Dallas is just south of the West Village area. This district is flanked by the North Central Expressway on the east and the Woodall Rogers Freeway on the south. McKinney Avenue runs the length of the west side of State Thomas Dallas. Easy access to all freeways makes State Thomas Dallas a very convenient location for commuters, as either freeway is less than a five-minute drive from anywhere in the district.

The State Thomas Dallas area has its own unique restaurant and bar scene, including popular hangouts like The Rustic, State & Allen Lounge, and The Nodding Donkey. The hot spot for live music is at the Rustic, Uptown’s only true live music venue. The Rustic has an outdoor stage for the bands, with indoor as well as outdoor picnic-style seating and a large grassy area to sit and enjoy the evening with food, drink, and live music.

The State & Allen Lounge has a full menu and wine selection, with a lovely Saturday and Sunday weekend brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is plenty of grass in State Thomas Dallas, and spaces to sit and chill or bring your dog just to sit in the grass and take in the scenery.

Most urban settings are completely void of grassy areas; State Thomas Dallas is just the opposite. In the heart of the Dallas metropolis, State Thomas Dallas is like a piece of the suburbs transplanted in the middle of an urban setting, only with the added benefit of being close to McKinney Avenue which is the pride of Uptown’s nightlife.


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