Preservation and Low Income Housing Tax Credits

Governor Abbott signed SB 1316 into law on June 18, 2015.  This bill creates an outstanding opportunity to bundle low income housing tax credits with the new state historic preservation tax credit and existing federal historic preservation tax credits.  This is particularly important in creating incentives to tackle larger-scale historic structures such as vacant schools, hotels and factories that can be converted to residential uses. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is in the… More »

Save Lerma’s! Support SA City Council Budget Request

On August 19, 2015, the City of San Antonio will have an opportunity to consider a request from Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, the non-profit owner of historic Lerma’s Nite Club, for $1,000,000 toward the $2.1 million restoration project.  Lerma’s is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was included on our 2014 Most Endangered Places list. The following letter of support was sent to the Mayor of San Antonio and City Council:… More »

Join PT! Our Membership Program Has Changed

It’s our 30th Anniversary, and to celebrate, our Individual Memberships are now just $30 per year.  There are other ways to contribute, with special benefits for Professional Members, non-profit organizations and more.  Click here to join Preservation Texas.  We are entirely supported by the generosity of our members, and cannot fulfill our mission without you.  

PT Supports El Paso Historic Survey

Preservation Texas urges the City of El Paso to accept the $56,000 matching grant from the Texas Historical Commission to conduct a survey of its historic downtown commercial architecture.   The following editorial appeared in the El Paso Times on June 3, 2015. El Paso can benefit from its historic architecture By Evan R. Thompson / Guest columnist EL PASO TIMES June 3, 2015 For a city with as much sunshine as El Paso,… More »

Governor Abbott Names Chair And Appoints Three To Texas Historical Commission

May 11, 2015 Texas Governor Greg Abbott today appointed and named John L. Nau, III as Chairman of the Texas Historical Commission for a term to expire on February 1, 2021. Governor Abbott additionally appointed Wallace Jefferson and Anna Benavides Galo to terms set to expire on February 1, 2019 and February 1, 2021, respectively. John L. Nau, III is President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., the nation’s largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch… More »

Preservation Wins in Texas Supreme Court

The Texas Supreme Court has reversed the Court of Appeals for the 5th District of Texas in City of Dallas v. TCI West End, Inc.  In 2006, TCI demolished the MKT Freight Station located in a Dallas historic overlay district without prior approval, and the City of Dallas sought to pursue civil penalties.  The Supreme Court ruled that municipalities may pursue civil action for violating zoning ordinances relating to land use.  TCI had argued, and the Court of Appeals held, that… More »

2015 Most Endangered Places Announced

PRESERVATION TEXAS ANNOUNCES 12TH ANNUAL LIST OF TEXAS’ MOST ENDANGERED PLACES Sites in Anderson, Dickens, Eastland, El Paso, Falls, Newton, and Tarrant Counties and one statewide category named to the 2015 List AUSTIN, TEXAS.  A landmark African Methodist Episcopal Church, a “poor farm” known for its adobe structures, two sites linked to the heyday of the railroad in Texas, a homestead that was part of a Freedom Colony, and two historic courthouses are among the eight… More »

Historic Tax Credit for Nonprofits: Support HB 3230

Download a PDF of this information: HB3230-Support HB 3230 would make it possible for nonprofits to sell the tax credits earned on their qualified historic preservation projects, furthering the purpose of the original law while meeting two goals of the 2010 Statewide Preservation Plan. 1. In 2013, HB 500 created a tax credit against the state franchise tax equivalent to 25% of qualified costs for the certified rehabilitation of a historic property listed on the National Register or contributing… More »

Historic Courthouse Restoration Funding Endangered

  Falls County Courthouse, Marlin.   Your active engagement with the Texas legislature is needed at this critical time in the budget process. The House Appropriations Subcommittee is recommending $0 for the Historic Courthouse Preservation Program.   It is not too late.  The Senate Finance Committee has yet to make final decisions, and members of the committee need to hear from you.  Members of the House Appropriations Committee can also make last-minute changes to the… More »

2015 State Legislative Advocacy Agenda

The Board of Directors of Preservation Texas has approved its 2015 State Legislative Advocacy Agenda.  Additionally, we will monitor other proposed legislation for its impacts on historic preservation in Texas, developing appropriate strategies to raise awareness of important issues throughout the 2015 session. Download a PDF of the legislative agenda here Preservation Texas was chartered in 1985 in part to serve as an auxiliary to all agencies of the State of Texas concerned with our… More »