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June 3, 2013

Preservation Texas Newsletter

What's Happening Around Texas


Many of you follow Preservation Texas on Facebook and Twitter and may have noticed that I was in Detroit last week. You may have thought, “Why is she in Detroit?” The National Trust for Historic Places along with local organizations in Michigan hosted an executive retreat for partner organizations. We’ve all seen the news coming out of Detroit in recent years. For the most part, it focuses on the negative aspects of a shrinking city. My background in city planning has given me a real interest in the problems that cities in the Rust Belt are facing. Those who live in Texas have difficult time thinking about shrinking cities when so many of our large and mid-sized cities are among the fastest growing in the country year after year.


Detroit is the perfect case study of the importance of historic preservation efforts, including strong local ordinances to protect historic landmarks and districts. I must admit I was in a state of shock at the sheer number of houses and neighborhoods that looked like they were part of a war zone. I appreciate that our tour leaders did not try to sugar coat the situation—only showing the stable neighborhoods, for example. Rather, they gave us a real look at the city. What our group noticed was that most of the intact and stable neighborhoods were local and national historic districts. The architecture and landscapes vary, but where design guidelines are upheld, property values were more stable than in other areas. Some significant landmarks have been lost in recent year (to my dismay, the very popular Hudson’s department store is no longer). However, many architectural gems have been bought and rehabbed in just the last two years. The Federal Tax Credit is being used all over downtown to help make large scale rehabilitation financially viable.


The prosperity Detroit enjoyed for decades, as it built one of the most beautiful cities in the Midwest, has taken decades to deteriorate. Every boom has its bust and steady, planned growth is preferable to growth which is not managed. Texans should learn from Detroit the importance of protecting valuable places worth saving with strong local ordinances. Let’s ensure our downtowns don’t become the “Anytown” found in the suburbs by focusing on rehabilitating our historic buildings as we plan for compatible new construction. Remember, "Preservation – it’s about the future."

Anna Glover Hudson, Executive Director


Around the State

During the 83rd Legislative Session, the very popular and important THC Historic Courthouse Preservation Program was drastically cut. PT members and friends reached out to legislators to let them know the positive impact the program has had across the state. In the final days and hours of budget meetings, the program was reduced to $4.2 million for the biennium.  For more information.


DAR gives Claude resident Historic Preservation Medal,



June 6, 6:30 p.m.: Join the McFaddin-Ward House Museum for a “Ragtime” book discussion, followed by screening of the film adaptation. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Museum office at 409.832.1906.



Volunteers Needed at June 8 Restoration Workshop, Blanco County News



The Founding of Castroville: Texas Historical Commission



Quilts to be on display at Custom House, Daily News - Galveston County

June – August, 2013: GHF lecture series, tours at Menard, Daily News - Galveston County



June 15, 9:30 am -The friends of Weaver Chapel Cemetery in Coryell County announce the Texas Historical Marker Dedication. For more information about the lunch to follow, contact Amelia Forrest Bogard at 254.865.6685



Commission begins work on historic districts – Hillsboro, The Reporter



Antique steam train donated to Houston cultural center. The Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce has donated a steam engine built in 1919 to the Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage.


HM King, Texas Theater focus of preservation, Kingsville Record


St. Matthew's marker dedication, Pleasanton Express


Pedaling with purpose, Rowlett Lakeshore Times

San Antonio

Hemisfair now eligible for National Register of Historic Places – La Prensa



Identify these 6 historic locations for annual contest Tyler Morning Telegraph


Waco Couple to appear on HGTV,
Waco Tribune. com


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – JULY 1 DEADLINE: 2013 Best of the South Award Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH). Projects in the twelve-state (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) region of SESAH, completed in 2011 or 2012, are eligible. Email or go online.



Lowe’s Charitable & Educational Foundation – Community Partners. Grants generally range from $5,000 to $25,000. The next funding cycle is open until July 30.

Plum Creek Foundation. Grants available for community-based nonprofits that work to improve the general welfare and quality of life in communities served by Plum Creek in Texas and elsewhere. Application deadlines are July 31 & October 31.

JOB POSTING: Executive Assistant - National Trust for Historic Preservation.



Visit online to see a list of current places and apply to join. Contact Margaret O’Neal at or 202.588.6118.



A member suggested a video, Greenest Building, demonstrating how Preservation and Green Building are tied together--featuring Donovan Rypkema.




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