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 »

PT Names Urban National Register Districts to Most Endangered List

PRESERVATION TEXAS CALLS ATTENTION TO ENDANGERED URBAN HISTORIC DISTRICTS DISTRICTS IN DALLAS, AUSTIN AND HOUSTON SPOTLIGHTED DALLAS, TEXAS — Preservation Texas will name Urban National Register Historic Districts to its Texas’ Most Endangered Places list on Wednesday in Dallas, Texas.  This is a direct result of the recent demolition of five historic structures in the Dallas Downtown Historic District, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.  This special endangered listing comes… More »

PT Letter on Proposed Buffalo Bayou Bulldozing Project

June 30, 2014   Mr. Dwayne Johnson Regulatory Branch, CESWG-PE-RB U.S. Army Corps of Engineers P.O. Box 1229 Galveston, Texas 77553-1229   Re: SWG-2012-01007 (Memorial Park Demonstration Project)   Dear Mr. Johnson:   We write this letter to urge denial of the permit application referenced above.   Preservation Texas included the site of the Memorial Park Demonstration Project on our 2014 Texas’ Most Endangered Places list.  The scope of the project far exceeds the limited… More »

Federal Tax Credits, Most Endangered, and More in our June Newsletter

  June 2014 Update An Open Letter to Congress: Preserve The Preservation Tax CreditIn Texas, we value our heritage and our property rights.  You should therefore be aware that some in the United States Congress are seeking to increase the tax burden on those who make private investments in the preservation of historic buildings by eliminating the federal historic preservation tax credit, which has been in place since 1981.  Texans should reject this effort to… More »