Temple Historic District

President’s Welcome

Please join us in our efforts to protect the history and heritage of the properties located within Temple’s officially designated Historic District. Whether from Temple or elsewhere, please like, follow, and recommend our Facebook Page (Historic Preservation League of Temple-HPLT) and Instagram Page (HPLTemple), bookmark this webpage, templehistoricdistrict.org, and request to receive emails and newsletters via this 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!

Alyce Bartley, President, Historic Preservation League of Temple


Two more Yard of the Month Beauties

Congratulations December Winners

  Jeff and Betsy Howell- Best Landscape

  Scott and Debbie Allen-Best Decoration




Yard of the Month

Please note: Due to feedback  received from members, we’ve modified the YOTM categories. Two homes will continue to be recognized. However, one will win for Best Landscaping, and one will win for Best Decoration. Decoration will no longer be a factor in judging homes for Best Landscape as Decoration will now be a category on its own!

Other important guidelines to know and remind others:

1. You must be a member of the HPLT to win the Yard of the Month Contest

2. You must be a member of the HPLT to nominate a property for Yard of the Month (Best Landscape and Best Decoration).

3.  Our Health, Safety, and Beautification Committee members choose winners from your nominations so please send the addresses of deserving properties to hplthd@gmail.com. If the residents of the nominated property are not members, you will soon be notified via an email reply. We hope you and/or others will encourage such deserving owners to become members and be eligible for recognition. Be sure to let us know when new members sign up that they were referred by you so we can give you your downtown restaurant gift certificate!

4. Please refer to the judging guidelines used by our HSBC team. They are located on the “Get Involved” Page of the this website.

All members are eligible to participate except for members of the HSBC judging team.






News & Upcoming Events

Goodbye 2020

(and good riddance?)

Well, we waited and hoped that we might be able to go forward with our last event of the year, the Hayride and Caroling Activity. However, Covid-19 is hitting more relentlessly than ever at the current time, and the HPLT Board had to pull the plug on the hayride and set our sights on Christmas 2021.

Easter will fall during the first week of April in 2021. We need everyone to cross fingers and toes that we’ll be able to pick up (safely) where we left off…with little ones searching for brightly colored eggs while visiting with the Easter Bunny on the Littles’ beautiful grounds.  


So glad we were able to provide a  modified version of the HPLT fall/annual meeting. We especially appreciated the awesome music provided by the talented Art Coley, Bruce Copeland, and Jamey Secrest, the visit from Temple PD, FD, and our City Councilwoman, Jessica Walker, a Lederhosen reminder of Oktoberfest, fun treats and Narcissus bulbs!
Our membership folks almost have all members renewed, but please see p. 2 “About Us” on this website if you haven’t had a chance to sign up…or drop us a line at hplthd@gmail.com.