Temple Historic District

President’s Welcome

It is an honor to serve on the board of the Historic Preservation League of Temple (HPLT) as have so many dedicated individuals during the past 40 years. Please join us in our efforts to protect the history and heritage of property within the designated boundaries of the oldest residential section of the City of Temple, Texas. Whether from Temple or elsewhere, please like, follow, and recommend our Facebook Page (Historic Preservation League of Temple-HPLT), bookmark this renewed www.templehistoricdistrict.org webpage, and request to receive  our emails and reinstated newsletter via our website. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy learning about many of the influential founders of the City of Temple who chose to reside in the area which was eventually designated as the North Central Temple Historic District. We hope you’ll soon plan a drive through the Historic District with educational information in hand to learn more about district homes of significant historical importance. We also want to keep you informed with the details, dates, and times of various activities sponsored by the HPLT.

Forty years ago, approximately 350 individuals from throughout Temple stepped up to preserve the history and heritage of many of the city’s well-known founders and their neighbors who made their homes in the area of land subsequently dedicated as the North Central Temple Historic District. Although the process of obtaining this designation was lengthy and arduous at both local and state levels, these dedicated individuals persevered until receiving the historic district designation. These founding members of the organization understood and accepted the responsibility to safeguard their historic and cultural heritage which in turn enhances the city’s attractiveness to tourists and visitors, stimulates business/industry, and strengthens the economy of the city (see the About Us page of this website to review important founding documents). The City of Temple is proud of its heritage, and the HPLT is committed to sharing in the efforts to preserve the historical assets located within the North Central Temple Historic District!

Dr. S. Alyce Bartley, President, Historic Preservation League of Temple


Making the Best of Covid

Isolation in the HPLT!

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News & Upcoming Events

Submitted by Alyce Bartley

Although the COVID 19 may have caused major revisions in our daily routines, what an opportune time for many of us to enjoy the outdoors with long springtime walks. Everything is budding out, greening up, and regenerating! We’ve enjoyed pleasant visits with our neighbors (from a safe distance) and are thoroughly enjoying the return of warm temperatures.

As we slow down to catch our breaths, this is the perfect time to investigate the City of Temple’s Neighborhood Plan. (See an in-depth explanation archived at the bottom of our About Us page in this website). As most of you know, we are next on the City of Temple’s list of targeted neighborhoods for improvement plans. The city is giving the citizens of Temple’s residential neighborhoods the opportunity to help decide how funds are used regarding infrastructure improvement and various other plans! So, don’t miss your chance to have your voice heard regarding neighborhood improvements. For additional information, contact our city representative Brittany Chopane at bchopane@templetx.gov

Rotary Flag Program

Also, you may have received an email from Doug Smith with the Rotary Club of Temple South. As mentioned in his brochure (see excerpt below), the annual fee for flag placement in your yard is due on May 15th. You may sign up or renew your membership using the address provided below or contact Doug Smith directly at templesouthrotaryflags@gmail.com for additional information. It’s always a great show of honor and patriotic spirit to see the numerous flags flying throughout the Historic District and other Temple neighborhoods on these special occasions. So proud to be Americans especially during times of hardship when we pull together to overcome challenges as well these opportunities to pay our respects to our heroes of the past and present.


Membership Update

As we continue to grow our organization, please remember it takes us all. If you have not submitted your membership registration, please do so now. Download a membership form from the bottom of our “About Us’ page, complete, and drop in the mail. While you’re there, download one or a few forms for your friends and neighbors! According to our best estimates from past records, the number of households that have joined the organization presently and in previous years is reflected in the chart below.


1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
104 142 151 142 115


2003 2004 2005 2009
58 110 65 78


2012 2015 2018 2019 2020
25 55 22 54 74!!

Because of the dedication of our members and the work performed by our Membership Committee during the past two years, we’re back to the membership level we were a decade ago. Our activities are well anticipated and attended, and our work with the City of Temple during the past year has resulted in a much better understanding of organizational functions among the City of Temple and HPLT stakeholders. Let’s keep building the HPLT and return the organization to its most vibrant and active level of functioning! One hundred members is definitely within sight again…reaching this goal simply requires a handful of members such as yourselves bringing in an additional neighbor to enjoy the benefits of our organization!

We have strength in numbers! Let’s hit 100 this year!