Irene Sandell was our speaker January15th, 2014. She talked of her love of writing and history (Irene was a former educator, who taught Texas history.) She also spoke about her new book, The House on Swiss Avenue, and its interesting topic. Of all the interesting influences which make up Dallas History, Swiss Avenue, with its grand houses, is a curiosity. Why the name Swiss Avenue? Who built and who originally lived in those houses? What happened to those people - all the right ingredients for great story. “I think several things draw us to Swiss Avenue. Old houses hold the stories of families. I think each house has a personality all its own imprinted by the people who dwelled there. So there is a mystery when we see the house, and it makes us curious. Swiss Avenue is even more so
because of its connection to the European background of its original settlers. It’s the mixture of frontier roughness and old world charm that catches our interest,” Sandell said.