Advocacy Alert: Historic Luther Hotel in Palacios Threatened with Demolition

The Luther Hotel in Palacios (Matagorda County), constructed in 1903, is one of the few surviving Gulf Coast hotels built as part of extensive land development and tourism schemes throughout Texas in the early 20th century. This incredibly rare historic structure is both individually listed on the National Register and is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. The Luther is currently under contract to be sold, and the agreement states that the property must be demolished…. More »

Preservation Texas is Hiring: Endangered Properties Manager/Northeast Texas Program Officer

Preservation Texas is hiring for a new position: an Endangered Properties Manager who will also serve as the Northeast Texas Program Officer (NTPO). The NTPO will coordinate and deliver Preservation Texas’s historic preservation programs and initiatives within a 41-county region in Northeast Texas. The position will also be responsible for managing PT’s statewide Endangered Properties programs, including the Texas Rural African-American Grants Program, the Northeast Texas Revolving Fund, and a proposed Easement Program. This position is made… More »

Cultural Landscape Report Completed for Bassett Farms Conservancy

The preparation of a Cultural Landscape Report for the core acreage of Bassett Farms Conservancy has been completed by MIG, Inc. The site history was prepared by Preservation Texas staff. Funding for the report included a grant of $50,000 from the Still Water Foundation and $30,000 from the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Preservation Trust Fund. The cultural landscape report focuses on the core of the 2,400-acre property: the original Home Place (1871), the Blum Place… More »

PT Awarded $2,500 Grant from the Texas Historical Foundation

  Preservation Texas has been awarded a grant of $2,500 from the Texas Historical Foundation toward the restoration of the storefront of the circa 1915 White’s Hardware Building in Kosse (Limestone County). The building will serve as the future Bassett Farms Conservancy Visitor Center; it had been the Kosse City Hall for nearly 30 years. The approximately 1,800-square foot one-story brick structure will serve as an exhibition gallery for permanent and temporary exhibits, a meeting… More »

PT Awarded $25,000 Grant from National Trust

Preservation Texas has been awarded a grant of $25,000 from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Fondren Fund for Texas. This funding will support the development of focused preservation plans and engineering studies for projects that will be awarded grants through our National Park Service-funded Texas Rural African-American Heritage Grants Program. Preservation Texas is grateful for the support of the National Trust.

Hunick to Join PT As Communications Manager, Central Texas Program Officer

Preservation Texas has hired Samantha Hunick as our statewide Communications Manager and Central Texas Program Officer (CTPO). Sam grew up in Marble Falls and is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Environmental Design. She received her master’s degree in Preservation Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. With her excellent graphic design skills, Sam will help to develop print and online communications, manage our social media channels, and coordinate… More »

Nominations Open for 2022 Most Endangered Places List Until Oct. 7th

The annual Most Endangered Places (MEP) List is a signature program of Preservation Texas. Since 2004, the MEP List has spotlighted imperiled historic places across Texas that are threatened by neglect, demolition, inappropriate alteration, or a radical loss of context. Information about sites on last year’s 2021 MEP List may be found here. Nominations for the 2022 MEP List are due on Friday, October 7, 2022 at 5:00 pm.  The 2022 MEP List will be… More »

Preservation Texas is Hiring: Central Texas Program Officer

Preservation Texas is hiring a Central Texas Program Officer (CTPO). The CTPO will coordinate and deliver Preservation Texas’s historic preservation programs and initiatives within a 28-county region. The position will also be responsible for managing statewide Communications and Membership for Preservation Texas. This position is made possible in part by the generous support of The Burdine Johnson Foundation. Preservation Texas, founded in 1985, is the only full-service statewide historic preservation nonprofit organization in Texas. In… More »

New Mailing Address

Please be advised that Preservation Texas has a new mailing address: P.O. Box 3514 San Marcos TX 78667    

PT Announces 15 Finalists for the Texas Rural African-American Heritage Grants Program

Preservation Texas has announced that fifteen Black history sites will be invited to submit proposals for preservation funding from its new $750,000 Texas Rural African-American Heritage Grants Fund.  The fifteen projects include historic churches, schools, lodge halls, and a commercial building, each with unique preservation challenges. “Preservation Texas developed this grant program to support the needs of endangered rural African-American historic places,” said Evan Thompson, executive director. “We saw a critical need for funding and… More »