Advocacy Alert: Busy Week Ahead at the Capitol

April 1, 2019 Local property tax abatements, courthouse restoration program, the Alamo and billboards among issues to be heard in committees BUILDING MATERIALS REGULATION On Tuesday, SB 1266 (oppose), the companion to HB 2439, will be heard in the Senate Business & Commerce Committee at 8:00 am in room E1.012.  This bill would prohibit municipalities from regulating building materials.  We would support amended language allowing municipalities to regulate building materials on local historic landmarks and within local historic districts. Senate Business & Commerce Committee Contacts:… More »

Advocacy Alert: PT Opposes HB 2496 Restricting Local Landmark Designations

A bill introduced in the Texas House of Representatives by Rep. John Cyrier, HB 2496 (and its companion in the Senate by Sen. Dawn Buckingham, SB 1488), would prohibit a municipality from designating a historic landmark without the property owner’s consent. The bill was drafted and filed without any input whatsoever from the historic preservation community in the State of Texas. It curtails the power vested in municipal governments under Sec. 211.003(b) of Texas’s Local Government Code to… More »

Advocacy Alert: PT Supports Amending HB 2439

ADVOCACY ALERT: HISTORIC BUILDING MATERIALS A bill introduced in the Texas House of Representatives, HB 2439 (and its companion in the Senate, SB 1266), would prevent local governments from directly or indirectly prohibiting the use of specific building products or materials in the construction, renovation, maintenance or alteration of residential or commercial structures, whether by ordinance or regulation. HB 2439 will be considered during a meeting of the State Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives… More »

PT Supports Preservation of the Davis House in Leander

Preservation Texas has written a letter of support for the protection and preservation of the Davis House in Leander (Williamson County), built before 1896 and thought to be one of the oldest structures in the city, founded in 1882. The house is located at 104 N. Brushy Street in Leander. City Council is considering an agenda item tonight (March 7, 2019) that would direct city staff to get quotes for the cost of demolition. In… More »

2019 Most Endangered Places List Announced

PRESERVATION TEXAS ANNOUNCES 16TH ANNUAL LIST OF MOST ENDANGERED HISTORIC PLACES  Six listings from across the state include Dallas, Houston, Laredo, Terry County and the Rio Grande border  AUSTIN, TEXAS. A century-old border chapel, ranch headquarters and midcentury modern sacred places statewide are among the six listings that Preservation Texas, Inc. has included in its sixteenth annual Texas’ Most Endangered Places. Preservation Texas officials announced the selections in Austin on February 28th. The 2019 list… More »

2019 Preservation Texas Honor Award Winners Announced

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Preservation Texas has announced nineteen restoration, rehabilitation and preservation planning projects that will be recognized at its 2019 Honor Awards Ceremony and Reception in Austin, Texas on February 27th.  The 2019 Honor Awards, selected by a jury of preservationists, recognize successful efforts to save irreplaceable and authentic historic places in Texas.  Additionally, awards will be presented recognizing an elected official, an advocate, a heritage education program, a preservation professional, and an author…. More »

2019 Preservation Texas Summit

Please join us for the 2019 Preservation Texas Summit in Austin, February 27th and 28th. This is an important opportunity to bring grassroots advocacy to the Capitol in support of historic preservation.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

2019 Honor Award Nominations Due December 7, 2018

Preservation Texas invites nominations for the 2019 Honor Awards.  Nominations will be reviewed by a jury composed of fellow members of Preservation Texas who represent a range of professional preservation disciplines. The 2019 Preservation Texas Honor Awards will be presented on Wednesday evening, February 27, 2019 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. Honor Award recipients are expected to attend the award presentation in Austin. Nominations are due by close of business (5:00 pm CST) on… More »