Historic preservation involves the protection and conservation of historically significant buildings, sites, districts and structures in the area. Texarkana has a rich history, and its historic preservation efforts are essential in maintaining its cultural heritage and architectural character.
Historic Landmark Preservation Commission: The Historic Landmark Preservation Commission (HLPC) consists of seven members and two alternates along with non-voting representatives from the City of Texarkana, Texas, Texarkana Museums System, and Main Street Texarkana. The HLPC meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 220 Texas Blvd., 2nd Floor Conference Room at 12:00 p.m.
Architectural Heritage: Texarkana boasts a diverse range of architectural styles, reflecting the city's growth and development over the years. Some of the common architectural styles in Texarkana include Victorian, Greek Revival, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Prairie, Italian Renaissance Revival, Neoclassical, Folk Victorian, Tudor, Georgian Revival, Colonial Revival, Dutch Colonial, American Four Square, Spanish Eclectic, Italianate Victorian, Classical Revival, and Renaissance among others.
Historic Districts: The Highland Park-Bingham Park Historic Overlay District includes all property on Wood Street between West 25th Street and West 29th Street, all property on Olive Street between West 23rd Street and West 29th Street, and all property on Walnut Street between West 25th and West 29th Street. Additionally, the district shall include residences fronting on West 23rd Street and West 24th Street between Olive and Wood, West 25th, West 26th, West 27th, and West 28th between the intersections of Olive Street and Walnut Street, and West 29th between Olive and Wood Streets including the corner properties of Olive and Wood Street Intersections. View a map of the Highland Park-Bingham Park Historic Overlay District /DocumentCenter/View/9929/Highland-Bingham-Map
Heritage Tourism: Historic preservation plays a significant role in growing Texarkana's tourism industry. Historic sites and structures are often transformed into museums, visitor centers, or event venues attracting tourists and locals interested in the city's history and architecture.
Economic Incentives: Some economic incentives may be available to property owners and developers who undertake the restoration or adaptive reuse of historic structures in Texarkana. These may include various state and federal tax credits, low-interest loans , city ad valorem tax incentives, façade matching grants, and façade loans.
Overall, historic preservation in Texarkana is a multifaceted effort aimed at safeguarding the city's rich heritage, promoting tourism, and maintaining the unique architectural and cultural elements that defines Texarkana.