Statewide News: January 5, 2021

The Texas Centennial building will get much needed updates and upgrades to its infrastructure including HVAC and security systems…

Originally conceived as a racially segregated facility in the Jim Crow era, Downs Field was home to the Negro Baseball League’s Austin Black Senators, the Austin Black Pioneers, the Austin Greyhounds, the Austin Indians, and the Austin Palominos…

Dating back to 1938, the New Deal-financed Austin Central Fire Station No. 1 sitting at 401 East Fifth Street on the northwest corner of Brush Square is an unlikely gem of downtown architecture…

The Downtown Bryan Association purchased the 1939 building in 2010 and fundraising efforts took place to restore The Queen, reopening on May 4, 2018 as a single screen film house and performance venue…

The house fell into disrepair after the Dickinson family left, until the Rusk County Heritage Association purchased it in 1964 and began extensive restorations…

Curtis & Windham Architects has gently transformed the 1933 clubhouse into Lott Hall, a special-event venue through a $5.8 million project…

A 27-acre swath of farm property in Richardson is one of the largest remaining development sites in the city and is considered a “gem” by residents living around it…

“We see the building as a vibrant part of the Downtown Rockdale. We see it as an opportunity for renewal in Rockdale. We see the building as a cultural center around Rockdale,” said Collier Perry, Vision Historic Preservation Foundation Chair and Managing Director…

Fort Concho was an active frontier army fort from 1867-89; preservation of the National Historic Landmark began in the late 1920s and it remains among the oldest continuous preservation projects of its kind in the nation…

The headstones … feature an iron cross with a swastika at its center, along with an inscription in German that reads: “He died far from his home for the Leader (Führer), people and fatherland.” The headstones mark the graves of Pvt. Georg Forst and Pvt. Alfred P. Kafka, two POWs who died in Texas in 1943…

For the second time this month, the Historic and Design Review Commission is requesting that a cluster of agricultural structures on San Antonio’s outskirts be considered for historic landmark designation — despite opposition from a property owner…


This news roundup was compiled for the Preservation Texas E-Reporter e-mail of January 5, 2021.