MAY IS PRESERVATION MONTH!
Established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Month is co-sponsored by local preservation groups, state agencies, business, and civic organizations across the country.
This year's theme is People Saving Places. Historic place-savers pour their time, energy, and resources into protecting places they care about, often without recognition. Preservation Month 2022 is for them, a national high-five to everyone doing the great work of saving places in hopes that it will inspire and empower others to do the same.
Visit the National Trust for Historic Preservation for resources, stories, and special events to help celebrate Preservation Month this year!
his year, come join the San Marcos Preservation Day Celebration as we shine the spotlight on the undertold stories of San Marcos at our free Preservation Day Celebration at the Cephas House (217 West MLK Drive) on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 10 AM - 2 PM! Learn about the evolution of historic preservation and hear stories from:
- Johnson Planning & Preservation Consulting
- Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos
- Dunbar Heritage Association
- Local Archivist Beth Grayson
Stick around for a 30-minute walking tour of the Dunbar Historic District followed by a guided tour of the Calaboose African American History Museum! Light refreshments will be served.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM
Learn how the Community Development Block Grant Entitlement program may assist with Historic Preservation or contact CDBG staff by visiting Current Open Applications.
San Marcos is fortunate to have many neighborhoods rich in historic value and citizens committed to retaining the City's heritage. In total, there are 7 locally designated historic districts. The Downtown District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. The districts contain a variety of Victorian, Classical Revival and Craftsman architecture as well as many homes constructed in the 1940s following World War II.
The historic designation does not change the zoning of the property and has no effect on permitted land uses.
Local designation of a historic district encourages the appreciation and preservation of the physical evidence of our past. All structures in a local historic district, as well as structures designated as local landmarks, are placed under the review of the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). The Commission consists of seven citizens appointed by the City Council to serve three-year staggered terms.
Local Historic Districts
- Belvin Street; 1974 (Ordinance 1974-41 (PDF))
- San Antonio Street; 1982 (Ordinance 1982-31 (PDF))
- Downtown; 1986 (Ordinance 1986-59 (PDF))
- Dunbar; 2003 (Ordinance 2003-21 (PDF))
- Lindsey-Rogers; 2005 (Ordinance 2005-54 (PDF))
- Burleson Street; 2005 (Ordinance 2005-54 (PDF))
- Hopkins Street; 2008 (Ordinance 2008-4 (PDF))
Local Historic Landmarks
- The Oak Heights Live Oak Tree; 1986 (Ordinance 1986-81 (PDF))
- The Charles S. Cock House; 2004 (Ordinance 2004-16 (PDF))
- The Merriman Cabin; 2004 (Ordinance 2004-16 (PDF))
- The Dunbar School; 2004 (Ordinance 2004-16 (PDF))
- The Old Fish Hatchery; 2004 (Ordinance 2004-16 (PDF))
- The Commemorative Air Force Hangar; 2007 (Ordinance 2007-20 (PDF))
- The Graham Tower; 2007 (Ordinance 2007-20 (PDF))
- The Old African American Baptist Church; 2018 (Ordinance 2018-46 (PDF))
- The Calaboose African American History Museum Building; 2021 (Ordinance 2021-15)
State Tax Credits for Historic Preservation
The State of Texas offers a Historic Preservation tax credit for the rehabilitation of certain historic properties. For more information on the Texas Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program, visit the Texas Historical Commission.
Federal Tax Credits for Historic Preservation
The federal government also provides tax incentives for the rehabilitation of certain historic properties and for historic preservation easements. For more information on federal tax incentive programs, visit the National Park Service.