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On the east edge of downtown Dallas, Deep Ellum is an arts and entertainment district nestled between Bryan Place and Exposition Park. Deep Ellum has enjoyed a long tradition of industry, music and night-life. In what first began as an industrial area, Deep Ellum became known for its Jazz and Blues music. From Blind Lemon Jefferson and Huddy “LeadBelly” Ledbetter to the Old 97’s and Tripping Daisy, many famous musicians have played in Deep Ellum nightclubs. Due to its popularity, Deep Ellum has been home to many art galleries, music stores, restaurants, music venues. Many of its buildings have been renovated for apartments, many of which are very unique and charming. There are Deep Ellum Apartments near all of the entertainment venues.
The first industrial building was erected by Robert S. Munger for the Munger Improved Cotton Machine Company in 1884. The area got its next major factory in 1913, when Henry Ford opened a plant to manufacture the Ford Model T. In 1916, the Grand Temple of the Black Knights of Pythias, was built. It was the first building for African Americans by African Americans. The building later became the Union Bankers Building. Many of the older buildings in the area have been converted into Deep Ellum apartments.
Soon, the area became known for its music. Deep Ellum was first immortalized by Leadbelly Ledbetter and Blind Lemon Jefferson in the song “Ella Speed”. As time passed, the area drew more artists to the loft spaces that were available in the former warehouses. As Jazz and Blues were slowly replaced by Punk and Rock & Roll, Deep Ellum retained the reputation as an arts and entertainment center. Many of the bars and night clubs hosted nationally famous musicians, like The Replacements, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Flaming Lips, The Reverend Horton Heat.
During the mid-2000’s, the area underwent transition as the City of Dallas tried to change the perception that Deep Ellum had a high crime rate. In the past year or two, Deep Ellum has continued to host events like the Deep Ellum Arts Festival that was started in the 1990’s. Many of the areas restaurants and music venues are still open, such as the Angry Dog and Monica’s Aca y Alla. There are Deep Ellum apartments near all of the above events and venues.
Some of the remaining legendary venues, such as Trees, Club Dada and The Lizard Lounge, have been joined by many new bars, live music venues, art galleries and restaurants. The City Of Dallas and private investors are encouraging large scale retail and residential construction in hopes of making Deep Ellum more successful. Deep Ellum apartments are some of the most unique in all of the metroplex!
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