2018 Preservation Texas Summit Session Proposals Due Nov. 17th

Preservation Texas seeks a broad range of proposals for the 2018 Preservation Texas Summit which will be held February 25-28, 2018 in Brownsville, Texas.  We expect over 200 participants to attend, including preservation professionals in government and private practice, historians, architects, contractors, engineers, community activists, historic property owners, real estate professionals, academics and students. Education sessions, regional field sessions and workshops will take place on Monday, February 26th and Tuesday, February 27th.  We are looking… More »

2018 Preservation Texas Honor Award Nominations Due Oct. 27th

Preservation Texas is accepting nominations for its 2018 Honor Awards.  Preservation Texas Honor Awards recognize exemplary preservation, restoration, rehabilitation and reconstruction projects that adhere to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.  Honor Award-winning projects will be recognized at the 2018 Preservation Texas Summit in historic downtown Brownsville on Tuesday evening, February 27, 2018, as well as in press releases, on our website and in our quarterly Preservation Texas magazine. Requirements/guidelines: Awards are presented to both residential and non-residential… More »

Hurricane Harvey Resources

Preservation Texas is concerned for the life and safety of our fellow Texans who are being directly impacted by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.  Our thoughts are with all of those in Harvey’s path. We will better understand the full impact of the storm in the days and weeks ahead. This webpage is intended to gather information and resources that may be of assistance to those working with historic resources impacted by this complex and devastating storm…. More »

Emergency Consultation Program

The Preservation Texas (PT) Emergency Consultation Program provides post-disaster assessments of significant historic properties that have become seriously imperiled.  PT is able to arrange for a preservation professional to visit your site and prepare a conditions assessment report with recommendations for stabilization, repair, or selective demolition and salvage as appropriate.  This program is made possible through the generous support of the Summerlee Foundation. Do you qualify? Please note that we cannot provide direct support to… More »

Updated – 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. **The Thursday evening reception and Friday meeting will both take place at the… 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 »