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 »

Downtown Dallas Historic Preservation Task Force to Receive 2016 Alamo Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 11, 2016 Austin, Texas — Preservation Texas, Inc. has announced that the Downtown Dallas Historic Preservation Task Force will receive its 2016 Alamo Award on February 18, 2016.  The Alamo Award will be presented at a special ceremony at the historic State Theatre on Congress Avenue in Austin as part of the Preservation Texas 2016 Summit. The Alamo Award recognizes that not all preservation battles are successful. The award honors a… More »

Most Endangered Places Announcement 2/18 at 12:15pm in Wooldridge Park

Preservation Texas will name fourteen sites to its 2016 Most Endangered Places list tomorrow afternoon at 12:15pm in Austin. The announcement will be made at the historic bandstand in downtown Austin’s National-Register listed Wooldridge Square Park. Sites will represent major themes including rural farmsteads, log structures, historic neighborhoods along the Rio Grande, local public buildings, landmarks of the recent past, and modern Civil Rights era sites. The announcement is free and open to the public…. More »