Historic Preservation


Knights of Pythias Temple (also known as the Union Bankers Building)

2551 Elm Str​eet


From 1916 to 1939, the Knights of Pythias Temple served as the social, professional, and cultural center of the city's African-American community. The temple hosted lectures, meetings, conventions, and dances, as well as housed the offices of African-American professionals in the area. Built in the eclectic Beaux-arts style, it was designed by Dallas' first African-American architect, William Sidney Pittman, and stands as one of the few remaining non-religious structures in Dallas that was designed by an African-American architect.​​​

Ord​inance #30832

Designations:  Dallas Landmark

Further Research:
Knights of Pythias/Union Bankers Building Landmark Nomination Form
William Sidney Pittman Biography​ (Texas State Historical Association)​