2017 Honor Award Recipients Announced


AUSTIN, TEXAS —- Preservation Texas has announced nineteen historic restoration and rehabilitation projects that will be recognized at its 2017 Honor Awards Ceremony and Reception in Waco, Texas on February 27, 2017. The 2017 Honor Awards recognize successful efforts to save irreplaceable and authentic endangered historic places in Texas.

“We’re proud to recognize projects as diverse as small houses from the mid-1800s in central Texas to a landmark twentieth century hotel in Dallas,” said Preservation Texas President W. Dwayne Jones of Galveston. “Ten of the Honor Awards will recognize sites that were previously included on our Most Endangered Places list. All of them have been saved through the tireless efforts of visionary Texans who understand the value of protecting historic places.”

The 2017 Honor Awards will be presented during a ceremony at the magnificent Grand Lodge of Texas (1949) in Waco, and will be followed by a reception. The event kicks off the 2017 Preservation Texas Summit, and both the Honor Awards and the Summit are open to the public. Tickets may be purchased through Preservation Texas at www.PreservationTexas.org/Waco.

In addition to the Honor Awards, the 2017 Preservation Texas Summit program includes field sessions, receptions, and educational presentations and workshops covering a range of historic preservation issues, including midcentury modern architecture, historic sacred places, adaptive use of vacant buildings, new approaches to historic districts, cemetery preservation, and window and masonry repair, among other topics.

Founded in 1985, Preservation Texas is the statewide advocate for the historic resources of Texas. Headquartered in Austin and governed by a diverse board of directors, Preservation Texas is a private, member-supported nonprofit organization. In addition to its list of Most Endangered Places, a quarterly newsletter and regional educational programming, Preservation Texas is developing a 2,400-acre farm and ranch at the headwaters of the Little Brazos River east of Marlin, Texas as the largest preservation and conservation skills training center in the country.

Click HERE for a downloadable version of the 2017 Preservation Texas Honor Awards Press Release.

2017 Honor Award Recipients

ALLEN (Collin County)
Old Stone Dam, Allen Station Park — Historic Dams

The Allen Water Station (1874), a Texas State Archaeological Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was threatened by record-breaking floods, but was carefully restored by the City of Allen and made accessible to the public through park improvements.

BONHAM (Fannin County)
Barn at Sam Rayburn House SHS, 890 W. State Highway 56 — Historic Barns

Part of the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site, this 1950s barn was threatened by neglect and damaged by a tornado before being restored and incorporated into the site’s visitor program.

CANTON (Van Zandt County)
Hillcrest Cemetery, 339 N. Trade Day Boulevard — Historic Cemeteries

The oldest cemetery in Canton, Hillcrest Cemetery was threatened by neglect and vandalism until the Hillcrest Cemetery Restoration Committee formed and led city efforts to restore the cemetery and have a state historical marker installed.

CASTROVILLE (Medina County)
Medina River Dam at Landmark Inn SHS, 402 Florence Street — Historic Dams

Part of the Landmark Inn State Historic Site, deterioration of masonry at this historic 1850s limestone block dam caused caused openings in the dam wall and compromised the dam foundation until a state-funded project restored the structural integrity and addressed water management issues.

CLARENDON (Donley County)
Mulkey Theatre, 108 S. Kearney — 2011 Most Endangered Places list

The Mulkey Theatre (1946) is in the midst of a multi-phase restoration spearheaded by the local economic development corporation that has replaced the roof, restored the marquee and lobby, and rehabilitated the adjacent barber shop as a visitor’s center. The final phase will restore the theatre as conference center and performance hall.

DALLAS (Dallas County)
Statler Hilton, 1914 Commerce Street — 2008 Most Endangered Places list

The Statler Hilton (1956) is being restored as boutique hotel and mixed-use property, scheduled to open in 2017, through use of state historic preservation tax credits. The restoration comes after years of neglect and claims that restoration was too costly to be feasible.

GALVESTON (Galveston County)
Hendley Building, 2002 Strand Street — 2008 Most Endangered Places list

The Hendley Building (1860), thought to be the oldest commercial building in Galveston, was under threat of collapse due to neglect. Now in Phase 3 of a three-phase restoration, the building has been stabilized and its exterior restored. The final phase will install retail space on the first floor.

GALVESTON (Galveston County)
Texas Heroes Monument, 25th and Broadway — Historic Structures in Municipal Parks

The Texas Heroes Monument (1900), listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was threatened by environmental factors and in poor condition in 2015 when the City of Galveston initiated a meticulous cleaning and restoration.

GREENVILLE (Hunt County)
Texan Theatre, 2712 Lee Street – Historic Small Town Theatres

The Texan Theatre (1934) had been shuttered for many years until it was purchased and restored as a dinner theatre by a private citizen.

KYLE (Hays County)
Kyle Depot, 101 Front Street — Historic Depots

The Kyle Depot (1917) was threatened by neglect until it was restored and opened as the Kyle Railroad Depot and Heritage Center in 2016.

LULING (Caldwell County)
Zedler’s Mill, 1170 South Laurel — 2005 Most Endangered Places list

Zedler’s Mill (1874) was threatened by neglect and vandalism, but has been rehabilitated as a successful events venue and museum.

MASON (Mason County)
Seaquist House, 405 Broad Street — 2014 Most Endangered Places list

The Seaquist House (1891), a Texas State Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was threatened by neglect but was purchased by a local foundation in 2015 and has been cleaned and stabilized and open to tours with plans to develop it as an events venue.

SAN ANTONIO (Bexar County)
Donkey Barn in Brackenridge Park, 950 East Hildebrand Avenue – Historic Structures in Municipal Parks

The Donkey Barn was threatened by neglect and possible demolition but has been reinforced with a steel superstructure and rehabilitated as an office and meeting space for the San Antonio Zoo.

SCHULENBURG (Fayette County)
Piano Bridge, FM 615 — 2011 Most Endangered Places List

The Piano Bridge (1885), listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was threatened by neglect and possible demolition but was restored.

SEGUIN (Guadalupe County)
Magnolia Hotel, 203 S. Crockett Street — 2012 Most Endangered Places list

The Magnolia Hotel, first opened as a stagecoach inn in 1847, was threatened by neglect and vandalism but was purchased by private citizens in 2013 and restored as a museum with future plans to open a bed and breakfast.

SELMA (Bexar County)
John S. Harrison House, 14997 Evans Road — 2006 Most Endangered Places list

The John S. Harrison House (1852), a State Archaeological Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been restored as a community center and events venue by the City of Selma.

Barker-Huebinger Rock House, FM 539 — 2008 Most Endangered Places list

The Barker-Huebinger House (1871) was threatened by neglect but has been restored as a private residence by the owner.

First National Bank, 198 S. Belknap Street — Historic Small Town Banks

The First National Bank (1889), a Registered Texas Historic Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been rehabilitated as retail space with office space on the second floor.

WAXAHACHIE (Ellis County)
Unity Lodge No. 37 , 441 MLK Jr. Boulevard — 2011 Most Endangered Places List

Unity Lodge No. 37 (1926), one of the few remaining buildings from Waxahachie’s thriving segregation-era African-American commercial district, has been restored as the Ellis County African-American Hall of Fame Museum.