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Downtown Garland Advances Toward National Register of Historic Places

Downtown Garland is a step closer to inclusion in the prestigious National Register of Historic Places.

On Jan. 21, the State Board of Review for the Texas Historical Commission (THC) unanimously approved the nomination of the Garland Downtown Historic District to be sent to the National Parks Service (NPS) for its review. The U.S. National Register represents the national’s official list of properties deemed worthy of preservation. Of Downtown Garland’s 53 commercial properties, 41 were deemed to be contributing to the nomination.

The state board’s review and approval follows a year-long effort of research and meetings between the City, the THC, the Garland Downtown Business Association, and a nine-member ad hoc advisory committee composed of Downtown property and business owners, as well as a representative each from the non-profits Garland Landmark Society and Preservation Garland. The final step in the application process will be the submittal and review by the NPS, expected to take three to five months for processing.

Representing Garland at the THC’s board meeting in Houston were District 2 City Council Member Anita Goebel, whose district includes Downtown Garland; Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives Becky King, whose office managed the application process for the City of Garland; Robert A. Smith, a Downtown Garland property owner and past president of the Garland Downtown Business Association; Louis and Kay Moore, community activists and residents of Downtown Garland’s Travis College Hill Historic District; and Nancy McCoy, from Quimby McCoy Preservation Architecture of Dallas.

In presenting the Downtown Garland project to the State Board, Alyssa Gerszewski from the Texas Historical Commission said the Downtown Garland area represents a "high level of historical and architectural significance." She noted that the district is still functioning as a commercial area. The "period of significance" for the nomination represents downtown history between 1897 and 1967.

Four months ago, the same board cleared the nomination of the Travis College Hill Historic District to be considered for the National Register. Travis College Hill includes 11th Street and is Garland’s first entity to be recommended for the register. NPS’ final approval for the historic neighborhood is expected soon.

While the historic listing imposes no restrictions on property owners, such owners are eligible for an investment tax credit amounting to 20 percent on federal income taxes as well as a 25 percent state tax credit on rehabilitation costs, amounting to 45 percent.









Pictured are (left to right): Becky King, City of Garland; Kay Moore, Travis College Hill Historic District; Louis Moore, Travis College Hill Historic District; Anita Goebel, Garland City Council; Robert A. Smith, Downtown Garland property owner.