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Location DB > United States > Texas > Dallas > Knights of Pythias
Knights of Pythias
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created by Barry Kooda on 7/15/2009 6:22 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 10/5/2023 9:22 PM
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10.5.2023 - This location has been restored/renovated. The interior was completely gutted, and the exterior is restored to the original red brick façade. It is currently operating as the "Kimpton Pittman Hotel", with a restaurant "Elm & Good". Renovation began in 2018, and the doors opened in 2021.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Repurposed
Accessibility: Easy - rent a room, eat dinner
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
2551 Elm Street
Dallas, Texas
United States
Owner: Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC
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  •  Hazards
  • unsafe flooring
  • shakey ladders! cool!
  •  Interesting Features
    Architecture, history.
     Security Measures
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1916
    Closed: 0
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    1916 – The Pittman opens its doors. William Sidney Pittman — Texas’s first African-American architect, civil rights advocate and son-in-law of Booker T. Washington — designs the building as a temple for the fraternal order of the Knights of Pythias.

    1939 – Operations as a cultural and social center cease, it continues use as a meeting space for the Knights of Pythias.

    1946 - Due to financial difficulties, the Knights of Pythias are forced to sell the temple to Ben Ackerman. Its use under his ownership is unclear.

    1956 – Ackerman is forced to sell for $100,000 as a settlement in a lawsuit. Unclear who the buyer is, or its intended use.

    1959 - The Pittman is sold to Union Bankers Insurance, which serves the neighborhood for 30-plus years.

    1980’s – Union Bankers covers the original lettering for the Knights of Pythias, and local preservationists secured an injunction to force Union Bankers to uncover the old name displayed on the facade.

    1989 - The city designates the site as a Dallas Landmark.

    1990s - Union Bankers abandoned the site, and it goes unoccupied.

    2017 - A consortium of developers announced a plan to redevelop the block, including a restoration of the red brick cladding of the Knights of Pythias Temple.

    2021 – The Pittman, a hotel operated under the Kimpton brands, opens in the newly renovated space and is considered the first luxury hotel in Deep Ellum.
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    Knight night
    Wed, Jul 15th, 2009
    posted by Barry Kooda
    23 pictures
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    Google Street images
    Thu, Oct 5th, 2023
    posted by fr00tCake
    9 pictures

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     Web Links
    Some cool historical photos at the hotel's website:
    Pittman Hotel Dallas

    The restaurant:

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 10/5/2023 9:23 PM.

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  • on Oct 5 23 at 21:23, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Oct 5 23 at 21:22, Emperor Wang changed the following: History, Hazards, Interesting Features, Description
  • on Oct 5 23 at 16:29, fr00tCake changed the following: Description
  • on Oct 5 23 at 16:27, fr00tCake changed the following: Web Links
  • on Oct 5 23 at 16:27, fr00tCake changed the following: History
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  • on Oct 5 23 at 16:23, fr00tCake changed the following: Owner, Street Address, Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, Prefer Satellite, History, Year Built, Status, Accessibility, Recommendation, Description, Web Links
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