The national Main Street revitalization effort for historic downtowns was formed more than 35 years ago, and there has been a statewide Texas program since that time operating through the Texas Historical Commission. The Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) is one of the oldest and largest in the nation, with 87 fully designated communities. The program was brought to Texas by Anice Read, a former member of the Texas Historical Commission, who also served as first director of the state Main Street effort in 1981.
The mission of the TMSP is "to provide technical expertise, resources and support for Texas communities in the preservation and revitalization of historic downtowns and commercial neighborhood districts in accord with the National Main Street Four Point Approach® of organization, economic restructuring, design and promotion." At the TMSP, staff work on a daily basis with our 87 designated communities to help them reach their revitalization and preservation goals through the framework of the Approach®. This methodology provides the necessary tools for local communities to effectively address the issues downtowns face.
The TMSP is part of the Community Heritage Development Division of the Texas Historical Commission and operates in affiliation with the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 1981, following a pilot project of the national center that studied ways to address the decline of America's downtowns, the TMSP became one of the first six statewide coordinating programs in the nation.
Congratulations to Viviana Tristan of Sabinal, who won a weekend getaway to historic Seguin Main Street in our Celebrate Main Street sweepstakes honoring the 35th year of the Texas Main Street Program. Check back on this page in October to sign up to win our final giveaway this year--a weekend to Denison Main Street! Do not miss your last chance to help us commomerate Texas Main Streets!
Town Square Initiative, a new venture in affiliation with Main Street
Main Street Matters
The September issue of Main Street Matters is now available. Read about Gonzales and their unique community and a technical article on how to make your downtowns more accessible for those with disabilities beyond physical impairments.
Become a Main Street Community
The application process for designation as a Texas Main Street community is now closed.
Each year, the Texas Historical Commission may accept up to five communities for designation and to receive Main Street services. Read more information about Becoming A Main Street Community.