Temple Historic District

President’s Welcome

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-19

in the HPLT!


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 summertime walks. Shade trees are full and flowers are blooming! We’ve enjoyed pleasant visits with our neighbors (from a safe distance), and we are thoroughly enjoying all sights and sounds of summer.

As we slow down to catch our breaths, this is the perfect time to investigate the City of Temple’s Neighborhood Plan. (See our original in-depth explanation archived at the bottom of our About Us page in this website.) As most of you know, the City of Temple is currently in the process of formulating targeted improvement plans for the Historic District. Proposed projects, resulting from an extensive city data gathering process, should soon be released for stakeholders to review. For additional information, you may contact city representatives Nancy Glover at nglover@templetx.gov,  Brittany Chopane at bchopane@templetx.gov, or Kelly Atkinson at katkinson@templetx.gov.

Rotary Flag Program

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.


2020 Fourth of July Celebrations in the HPLT

Please help us congratulate our first recipients of the HPLT 2020 Yard of the Month Award! Both homes exude curb appeal with a touch of patriotism thrown in this round! Please touch elbows with the Normans and the Copples when you see them, and get ready for the next round. Your property could be next! Details to follow!

1st Place…The home of

Frank & Judy Norman

713 N. Garfield




2nd Place…The home of

David and Aamber Copple

1104 9th Street



And, just like the State Fair of Texas and every other event to which we’ve grown accustomed, we had to postpone the July 4th parade and other special activities until 2021. Our sincere thanks to Bill and Deborah Keller for being flexible and rolling with the punches this year. As Bill says,” Next year, we’ll have a great comeback!” See you on the 4th in 2021!

Rotary Flag Program Explanation