Temple Historic District
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
A few of our Summer Projects for Making the Best of the Covid-19 Challenge in the HPLT!
Next up! Be on the Lookout!
Although we will not be able to meet again as a large group until 2021 for our annual Oktoberfest at Dr. Gosney’s Chinese Mansion, we are planning several fun activities for fall registration and fall in general! Stay tuned! Details to follow!
September Support Your Team Yard of the Month Contest!
Display your neighborhood team spirit! Promote your local and professional teams as well as your Historic District Neighborhood! Win a gift certificate and the right to display the HPLT Yard of the Month sign in your beautiful yard! The deadline for submitting your “Beautiful HPLT Landscape Nomination” is September 12! Additional details can be found on the Get Involved page of this website!
News & Upcoming Events
City Staff Listened!
Submitted by Susan Luck
Hot off the Presses! The final City of Temple Historic Neighborhood Plan is complete and can be accessed by clicking on the following link!
The plan states it is a priority to protect valuable contributions that the historic properties provide to the character and fabric of the Temple community. Fortunately, historic building preservation efforts are already in place within the plan area. The City of Temple provides regulatory protections found in Chapter 17, Historic Preservation of the Code of Ordinances. The purpose set forth by this regulation is to make it policy that the, “protection, enhancement, preservation, and use of historic areas, places and landmarks is a public necessity and is required in the interest of the culture, prosperity, education and welfare of the people.” This regulatory guidance is in line with best practices for rehabilitation of historic structures identified by the Secretary of the Interior. It is recommended that any future adjustments to the regulatory requirements for the historic structures follow the spirit of that guidance. The codes preserve the historic characteristic of properties, and the city will educate, govern, and regulate so that these guidelines are followed and historic preservation will be lasting for generations. We were also asked to express concerns and needs. At the top of the list:
Improve effective street lighting, repair sidewalks, and create safety by added deterrents for speeding drivers
Eradicate burglary, theft, and drugs from the neighborhood.
The city staff listened. Through a partnership between Kasberg, Patrick & Associates, and Covey & Associates, they have created a plan to anchor, preserve, educate, re-purpose and emphasize our strengths while addressing our concerns.The final draft is complete and the action plan ready to roll. Be proud that residents of our historic neighborhood took time to provide input, and know that we were heard and our voices appreciated! Be excited, be watching, be ready for change to our neighborhood. Stay connected to neighbors. Enjoy your walks. Get involved, and keep on Loving Where You Live!
And don’t forget to check out the final plan by clicking the link below. You’ll be glad you did