West Texas Regional Meeting at Fort Concho in San Angelo on May 19th

In Defense of the Past: Preserving Historic Military Sites in Texas Register now! We invite you to join us on Friday, May 19, 2017 in San Angelo at Fort Concho, a National Historic Landmark, for our West Texas Regional Meeting.  Registration is $40 per attendee and includes an optional Thursday evening opening reception as well as morning coffee and a box lunch on Friday. You will have an opportunity to learn more about a range of philosophical… More »

HB 3418 Hearing Tuesday April 11th

HB 3418, which puts existing local historic district ordinances at risk, is scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, April 11th before the Urban Affairs Committee.  (You can read more about the bill here). The Urban Affairs Committee Hearing will take place in Austin in the Captiol Extension, room E2.028. The meeting begins at 10:30 am or upon final adjournment/recess.  Click here for the official notice of the meeting. HB 3418 is last on the list of bills to… More »

46.9-acre Native Plant Restoration Project Underway at Bassett Farms Conservancy

We are in the process of restoring two fields totaling 46.9 acres at our Bassett Farms Conservancy with native grass and forb vegetation through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Pastures for Upland Birds (PUB) cost-sharing program. Bassett Farms is located at the edge of the post oak savannah ecoregion where it transitions to blackland prairie.  In the late 19th and early 20th century, cotton was grown on the land by tenant farmers; later it was used for grazing by… More »

HB 3418 Threatens Historic Districts

April 7, 2017 Update:  A public hearing on HB 3418 will be held by the Urban Affairs Committee on Tuesday, April 11th at the Capitol in Austin.  Details here.   March 28, 2017 Your local historic preservation zoning ordinance is at serious risk. A bill filed by Rep. Gary Elkins in the Texas House of Representatives, HB 3418, seeks to streamline the process for demolishing historic places in Texas by making it more difficult for local governments… More »

PT Supports Designation of Fort Brown as National Monument

Download a PDF of the letter here. The Honorable Filemon Vela United States House of Representatives 437 Cannon House Office Building Washington DC 20515 Dear Congressman Vela: On behalf of the Board of Directors of Preservation Texas, I write in support of the designation of historic Fort Brown as a National Monument. The original Fort Brown Earthworks, completed in 1846, is the only such fort in the United States built for the U.S.-Mexican War. Fort… More »

PT Advocates for Historic Austin State Hospital

Preservation Texas submitted the following written comment to the State of Texas, which is considering the future of the historic Austin State Hospital campus. (Link to PDF below.)   We appreciate the opportunity to provide written comment on the future of the Austin State Hospital campus (ASH).  ASH is a monumental historic, architectural and cultural asset that has belonged to and served the people of Texas for over 150 years. At its inception, Texans took great… More »