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April 3, 2013

Preservation Texas Newsletter

What's Happening Around Texas

News from Preservation Texas Office

Spring in Texas = Bluebonnets and a great time to take that Texas road trip. Explore all the beautiful, intriguing and historic landmarks, plus some of the “out of the ordinary” places that make our state special. Head to Houston for MODern Month's films, art shows and modern architecture home tours. Or, visit your favorite small town Main Street for festivals, antique shopping and a tour of the courthouse.

Texas history -- and a lot of family fun -- are out there waiting for you, so check it out and let us know what you discover.


Terri Schexnayder, Office & Membership Manager


Member Success

Barbara Hall, Third Vice President with the San Antonio Conservation Society, found Schertz, Texas, to be the perfect place to not only live close to her family in San Antonio, where she lived for 42 years, but to find avenues for her preservation efforts.


"I did a lot of research before I moved here, to learn about the local community government. They are very cautious - growing, but doing so carefully,” said Barbara.  "The city has a Historic Preservation Committee, of which I am a member, and we have designated several historic places within the city and in the ETJ area with Texas Historical Designation.”


In San Antonio, Barbara’s dedication and efforts have included monitoring the Japanese Tea Garden restoration in Brackenridge Park, the Mission Reach, San Antonio River project that extends to the end of the five missions, and the World Heritage Designation of the Five Missions. "The SACS attends meetings and offers input if we know that historic preservation guidelines are not met," explained Barbara."The Municipal Auditorium project was an example—we fought to keep as much of the original facade as possible.”

Barbara is also active as a board member of the Land Heritage Institute, a 1200-acre historic farm with Texas Preservation Designation; the San Antonio  Livestock Exposition Ambassador Committee promoting the Scholarship Program for Youth; and is a tour guide at Villa Finale House Museum property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

She’s also associated with the Green Space Alliance Community Garden Project, which connects her to another one of her passions. "I explore historic gardens in my travels. Southern Garden History Society  promotes historic gardens and I am scheduled to go to Lynchburg, VA, to tour Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson's Summer Home/Garden, Old City Cemetery, and Pharsalia, a restored garden of Anne Spencer, just to name a few!"

Barbara is extremely vocal about the preservation of Texas Courthouses and letting her representatives in San Antonio and Washington, D.C, understand the importance of the sporting goods sales tax that supports a portion of the Texas Historic Commission's budget.


"Connect with your representatives on legislative issues that you favor or oppose. Your voice helps in our quest to preserve history in Texas,” she stressed.



Around the State

Dr. Lucile Estell, Preservation Texas member, was honored with the Historic Preservation Medal by the Daughters of the American Revolution.  The honor was bestowed on Dr. Estell because of her extensive work on El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail and much more. 


April 19: Texas Municipal League presents “Positioning Your Community for Retail” workshop to be held at the Texas Municipal Center, 1821 Rutherford Lane. For more information and registration details.

Bryan-College Station

Cemetery recognized as historic site, Bryan-College Station Eagle


April 6: Free tours of the Wilson Historic District, 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Tours begin at Wilson House, 2922 Swiss Avenue, Dallas. The tour is also part of a month full of public events celebrating architecture and design in our great city-from exhibitions and celebrations to tours and panel discussions, presented by a wide range of organizations. Contact Preservation Dallas for more information.


What's Going on With the Alamo Plaza Sign?, D Magazine

El Paso

City incentives spur interest in rehabilitating downtown buildings, KFOX


APRIL IS MODern Month in Texas – don’t miss all the great events. Check out tours, film screenings, lectures, Modern Market and much more.



Council weighs concerns for historic preservation, Las Cruces Bulletin

San Antonio


April 17: The Hispanic Heritage Center of Texas (HHCTX) will host The Hispanic Heritage Luncheon, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, at the AT&T Community Centre in San Antonio. Register online.

Hotel tower planned for old Joske's building, San Antonio Express

San Augustine


Anita Perry dedicates San Augustine in Main St. program, KTRE




The Texas Historical Foundation awarded a grant to the Frontera Audobon Society (FAS) to help with the restoration of Weslaco’s 1927 Skaggs House, designated as a Texas Historical Landmark in 2011. For more details, contact Gene Krane, 512-441-1297.




Project Design Assistant and Architect I, Texas Historical Commission, performs complex architectural assistance work and advanced preservation work . Work involves performing architectural review work in an office and field.


Executive Director, Mathis Economic Development Corporation. Submit application and resume to Larry Whittington, City of Mathis MEDC, c/o 411 East San Patricio Avenue, Mathis, Texas, 78368




The Planners, an eight-part BBC documentary, profiles the people who evaluate proposals on land use, and follows the reactions of stakeholders to these often contentious decisions. As the UK struggles to recover from the economic downturn, many planning laws have been relaxed in order to encourage new construction. Watch the dramatic one-minute intro.

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