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Posted on: March 2, 2023

Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center Museums Renovation Update

Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center, Irving, TX

Crews have begun interior renovations on two of the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center’s museums. Work on the Masonic Lodge and J.O. Davis House will be completed in two phases. Phase 1 renovations include new flooring, repairs to walls, and mechanical and electrical updates, and are expected to be completed this spring.

During the second phase of the project, the Irving Archives and Museum will select an exhibition designer to redesign the exhibits in the two buildings. Additionally, exterior interpretive signage will be added to provide historical information for visitors. The second phase will be completed in summer 2024.

While interior renovations are underway at the two museums, the center’s Green House is open for tours by appointment only. To learn more, visit

Investing in our Future logoIn 2022, exterior renovations were completed on the heritage center’s Gilbert Grove Masonic Lodge, J.O. Davis House and Green House. The historical structures’ updates included replacing the buildings’ siding, trim, steps and porches, as well as exterior paint.   

On June 3, 2021, the Irving City Council approved a contract to complete recommended repairs to preserve the history of Irving’s Bear Creek community, which is one of the oldest African American communities in Dallas County.


View more news and information about Irving’s Infrastructure investments by searching #IrvingInvests.

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