Beginning in 1999, the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program, and its local partners have made significant financial investments to restore many valuable historic courthouses throughout the state.
In order to protect and preserve these buildings for future generations, the Texas Courthouse Stewardship Program was created in 2005 to assist counties by fostering facility planning, budgeting and training. The goal is to prevent the facilities from returning to a state of deferred maintenance and disrepair.
Grant-funded Counties Participating in Courthouse Stewardship Program
In Fall 2016, THC’s Courthouse staff architects held workshops in Denton and Marshall in their restored courthouses. These day-long workshops were the most recent training and networking opportunities for county officials and staff involved with day-to-day care and maintenance activities. “Stay tuned” for more regional workshops in 2017.
TLTA receives Governor’s Award
In October 2016 Governor Greg Abbott recognized the Texas Land Title Association (TLTA) with our 2015 Governor's Award for Historic Preservation. It highlights the effective 10 year partnership between TLTA and the THC to encourage the proper, ongoing stewardship of these treasured landmarks.
Stewardship Award 2016 to Potter County
Amarillo is home to an 84 year-old landmark building, the Potter County Courthouse. Following its three-year restoration and rededication on August 18, 2012, it was given new life for the 21st century. Since that time, its care by Potter County elected officials and Facilities Director Mike Head has been outstanding. The Commissioner’s Court adopted their own post-restoration Historic Preservation Standards for the courthouse and a Policy for Use of the Courthouse Grounds. These noteworthy actions, added to the detailed cyclical maintenance program created and implemented by staff, warranted THC’s award this year from the Texas Courthouse Stewardship Program. The award was made at the REAL PLACES 2016 conference in Austin during a luncheon at which Governor Abbott spoke about the importance of the courthouse grant program and other agency programs to our state.