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


Members, potential members, and supporters of the HPLT gathered to enjoy the fun as we celebrated a combination National Night Out/Octoberfest/Annual HPLT meeting! The well-attended event took place on October 1, 2019 on the grounds of the “Chinese Mansion” owned by Dr. Gary Gosney. Dr. Gosney’s hospitality was enhanced by food trucks, a snow cone trolley, and representatives from Temple Police, Fire, and City Departments. The Tap Tap Art Bus, mingling, and other activities were also enjoyed by  young and old alike. A short membership meeting and the election of the 2019/20 HPLT Board of Directors took place as volunteers collected annual membership forms and fees for 2019/20. If you were unable to submit your registration and fee during the celebration, please drop both in the mail (a copy is available on the About Us Page of this website) or give them to our membership committee volunteers as they pass through the neighborhood. As with all our committee members, we appreciate the time and effort contributed by these individuals as they work for the benefit all of HPLT members. We also want to announce that Dr. Gosney has agreed to allow this same event at his stately property next year. Our thanks to him and all others who helped to establish this  successful celebration as an annual event!


News & Upcoming Events

Submitted by Alyce Bartley

UP Next…Christmas 2019

One fun-filled Holiday Weekend!

Christmas Hayride & Caroling!

Dow and Susan Fogleman will host our 2019 Christmas Hayride and Caroling event which is scheduled for Sunday, December 8, 2019, starting at 4:30 pm in the 1100 block of N. 9th Street. Refreshments will be provided at the same location after this festive activity. If you know of anyone in the Historic District who would appreciate having the carolers visit and sing from their yard, please let us know. We’re excited about this special event, and we appreciate the Foglemans’ efforts in providing the means for HPLT Caroling 2019! Please watch for additional details on our Facebook Page, Newsletter, and Emails!

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 Christmas Cookie Exchange!

Scott and Debbie Allen will again host their annual Christmas Cookie Exchange! This event is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 10:00-11:30 am.  Bring your sweet tooth and 2 dozen HOMEMADE cookies to the home of Debbie and Scott Allen at 818 N. 11th for a morning of scrumptious cookie sampling and an enjoyable visit with friends and neighbors! After sampling and catching up, guests may fill a plate from the leftover fare to take home to share with others! The only rule participants will follow on this very delicious morning is “You must bring to take!” Please watch for additional details on our Facebook Page, Newsletter, and Emails. Looking forward to a great turnout so that we may get to know our friends and neighbors even better! See you on December 7th!!