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. 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. (February, 2019)

News & Upcoming Events

The 30th Annual Historic District July 4th Parade was a huge success! Participants of all ages walked or rode non-motorized vehicles along the parade route.  Many individuals gathered on lawns for neighborhood parties and/or to cheer on parade participants which included representatives from the Boy Scouts, as well as the police and fire departments. A huge THANK YOU goes out to Bill and Deb Keller as well as all other individuals who contributed their time and resources to provide this All-American, home town venue to celebrate our nation’s founding. Happy Birthday, 

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Next Historic District Celebration! Octoberfest! Members, potential members, and supporters of the HPLT will gather to mingle and enjoy the fun as we combine the ever popular National Night Out Celebration with our annual Octoberfest! Present members as well as potential new members are encouraged to attend this event on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 from 6:30 to 9:00. The party will be held on the grounds of the “Chinese Mansion” owned by Dr. Gary Gosney, and we look forward to enjoying Gary’s kind hospitality as we partake in an Octoberfest style meal, catch up with HPLT news, hear updates from our local police and fire departments, participate in fun activities, renew our annual memberships and submit dues. All ages are invited, so let’s blanket the Gosney’s lawn with members and friends of the HPLT! Specific details will be available on Facebook, this website, and our newsletter as the date of this event approaches!