Texas Main Street Program
Texas determination and ingenuity is on display when
visiting a historic Texas downtown. The National Main Street initiative to
revitalize historic downtowns through preservation was formed more than 30
years ago by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Texas Historical
Commission’s Texas Main Street Program is one of the oldest and largest in the
nation, with more than 87 fully designated communities.
Through a successfully proven four point strategy of
organization, economic restructuring, design and promotion, locally funded programs
work with the Texas Historical Commission to achieve preservation-based
economic and quality of life goals. This strategy often reintroduces the
historic downtown as the activity hub and heart of the community for locals
while also resulting in a great experience for the visitor.
Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program
Texas has more historic courthouses than any other state—235
are still in active government use. With decades or even centuries of use,
these structures deteriorate due to inadequate maintenance, insensitive
modifications, or weather-related damage.
The Texas Historical Commission's nationally recognized and
award-winning Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program works to
restore these treasured historic landmarks.
Established in 1999 by the Texas Legislature and Gov. George
W. Bush through House Bill 1341, the program provides partial funding to Texas
counties to restore their historic courthouses. Categories include
architectural planning grants; construction grants;
and emergency grants to address endangerment issues.
The program has restored over 63 Texas courthouses and
another 28 have received emergency or planning grants to complete small
projects. Enjoy visiting these courthouses and thank a local resident for
preserving an important Texas landmark.