Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997, Dallas Fire Station No. 16 was built in 1918. The structure is architecturally unique in the way it combines the Prairie School and Mission Revival styles. As such, the station resembles the suburban residential architecture and reflects a trend in the early 20th century to blend fire stations into the neighborhoods they served. The building served as a fire station until shortly after the end of World War II. Today, the building is home to Decorative Arts, a non-profit community arts center, museum, and film studio.
Decorative Arts was founded in 1985 by local writer, filmmaker, folklorist, and photographer Alan Govenar. The organization is dedicated to promoting the arts through exhibitions, installations, and public programming. Located across the street is the Texas African American Photography Archive, which Govenar co-founded with his wife, Kaleta Doolin, who is also an artist and arts advocate.