Why conduct a Historic Resources Survey?

Why should your community conduct a historic resources survey?

  • Allows for the identification and understanding of properties that are historically significant
  • Assists the community in making informed policy decisions
  • Stimulates public awareness of a community’s historic resources
  • Essential if a community plans to pursue historical designations under local ordinances
  • Helps local preservation advocates, land-use planners, economic development coordinators and tourism promoters
  • Expedite environmental review by governmental agencies
  • Provides a basis for preservation and planning at all levels of government and for individual groups or citizens
  • Helps identify historic resources in anticipation of projects that may involve building demolition and land disturbance
  • Identifies those properties with limited or no historical significance where redevelopment can easily take place
  • Documents properties representing a style, period, construction type or historic theme
  • Encourages participation by community members
  • Promotes research and awareness of the community’s history and resources

It can lead to further preservation projects, such as:

  • National Register of Historic Places nominations (individual or district)
    • Provides national recognition of property's historical or architectural significance
    • Eligible for state and federal tax credits worth up to 45% of the rehabilitation costs
    • Listing of a downtown simplifies and expedites the access to tax credits for future projects, especially for smaller projects or buildings
  • Design standards/guidelines to protect the historic character of the district
  • Local historic districts
  • Architectural walking tours
  • Videos and brochures on historical topics

THC Historic Resources Survey Packet

THC staff created a free Historic Resources Survey Packet that is available to anyone interested in conducting a historic resources survey. The packet includes all of the presentations and documents listed on the Useful Survey Tools webpage in addition to the THC-designed Access database survey template. The packet is on CD and will be mailed upon request.  To request a CD, please contact leslie.wolfenden@thc.texas.gov.