League City District Added to National Register


The Bayou Brae Historic District in Galveston County was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Texas Historical Commission (THC) assisted in the nomination of this property in recognition of its importance to the history of League City and the State of Texas. Noted for its historical and architectural significance, the district joins other properties around the state with National Register status.

The Bayou Brae Historic District consists of League City’s first modern subdivision, signifying the city’s rapid transition from a rural, unincorporated community to a quickly growing suburban city between 1957 and 1971. League City’s agricultural economy once relied on cattle ranching and the growing of market crops, but after the establishment of the Manned Spaceflight Center (now Johnson Space Center) directly across Clear Lake in 1961, League City incorporated and became a suburban community for employees of NASA and Houston businesses. Bayou Brae was also home to teachers and administrators of the new Clear Creek High School. Bayou Brae was the city’s first neighborhood with concrete streets and a curb-and-gutter stormwater system, the first to require brick exterior walls, and the first to incorporate Federal Housing Administration architectural requirements. Bayou Brae contains an exciting collection of over one hundred Ranch and Contemporary Style homes on curvilinear streets, unlike anything that had been built in League City to that point. 

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources deemed worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a federal program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect the country’s historic and archeological resources. The National Register includes more than 3,300 listings in Texas. 

This listing affords properties a measure of protection from the possible impact of federally funded projects, as well as access to technical expertise and grant funds to facilitate their restoration and preservation. Income-producing properties are also eligible for federal tax benefits for sympathetic rehabilitation work.

To learn more about the National Register of Historic Places, contact the THC’s History Programs Division at 512-463-5853 or visit thc.texas.gov.