Texas courthouses are among the most widely recognized, used, and appreciated assets in our communities. With some courthouses dating from as far back as the mid-19th century, they were among the first permanent structures in many counties. With their brick and stone towers, ornate cupolas, and soaring domes, they represent an impressive collection of public architecture. Not surprisingly, Texas has more historic courthouses than any other state—242 are still in active government use. With decades or even centuries of use, most of these structures have significantly deteriorated due to inadequate maintenance, insensitive modifications, or weather-related damage.
The Texas Historical Commission's (THC) nationally recognized and award-winning Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program (THCPP) has turned around the trend of disrepair and begun restoring these treasured historic landmarks. To date, the program has funded 78 Texas courthouse restorations, another 37 courthouses have undertaken emergency or planning work with grant funds.
Income generated through the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program
Round XIII Grant Cycle
We are pleased to announce that the 88th Texas Legislature allocated $45 million and increased the grant cap per county for the 2024-25 Round XIII grant cycle of the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program (THCPP). The program may award grants totaling up to $10 million per county toward full restoration construction, the development of architectural construction documents, or to address critical needs that endanger the building or its occupants. The Round XIII grant application materials will be available on our website in early February of 2024. Completed digital applications are due by 5:00 PM on Monday, May 13, 2024, and awards will be announced at the Commission’s quarterly meeting on Friday, July 26, 2024.
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