We are gearing up for the 2016 Holiday Home Tour. We have exciting things in store…
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Join us on Thursday, November 10th at the Old Monument Cafe (1953 S. Austin Ave) for a unique presentation by architect Steve Curry, President of Houston Mod and winner of Preservation Houston’s Good Brick Award for his restoration of a 1953 contemporary home. He will be discussing the story behind the architecture, landscape and interiors of Georgetown’s post war homes.
The City of Georgetown has initiated a study to identify a solution for the Austin Avenue bridges including trails and pedestrian connections.
Please Join Us at the First Public Meeting:
March 31, 2016
from 4 to 7 p.m.
Georgetown Public Library
402 W 8th St., Georgetown, TX 78626
This meeting is an open house format and there will be no formal presentation.
Attendees are welcome to come and go at their convenience.
What to Expect
The City is working to identify the best solution for the Austin Ave. bridges. We will be evaluating 4 different alternatives over the next several months. At this first meeting we will share an overview of the project and public involvement process for the project. Input will also be collected from the community on characteristics of the area that they enjoy and opportunities for improvements along with any project concerns. Attendees will be able to visit with staff and team members, and share their input for the area and the project.
What to Bring
If you have any stories or historic photos of the bridges, we are working to collect those as a part of this process. This is a unique opportunity to celebrate and recognize the rich history of the bridges and we look forward to learning and sharing information with the community.
Don’t worry! All information shared at the meeting will be posted online and there will be more public meetings in the future.
The 2016/17 GHS year has begun with three new board members.
Melissa Boyd, Eileen Roybal and Brent Sumner join the board this year filling the seats previously occupied by Susan Firth, John Chapman and Jordan Maddox.
Be sure to say “Hi” when you see them at an upcoming GHS event.
This workshop will be a hands on opportunity for the community to share input on the vision of the bridges considering aesthetics, bike/ped accommodations, and trail connections.
During this meeting attendees will break into groups and work through solutions and concepts for possible alternatives. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please note it will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. and lasts until 8:30 p.m. To help us prepare, please register by clicking the register button in the right hand corner.
Please contact the project team at AustinAve@georgetown.org if you have any questions or problems registering for the event.
WHEN Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CDT)
WHERE San Gabriel Community Center – 445 E. Morrow Street, Georgetown, TX 78626
Click here to RSVP.
Georgetown Heritage Society (GHS) announces Historic Structure Preservation Grant awards for 2016. Five grants have been awarded totaling $16,844. The recipients are Jim and Heidi Winter-Johnson, Lawrence Romero and Michael Seago, Misty and John Adair, Dave and Melinda Rahe, and Curtis and Charis Wren for preservation projects at 211 E. 5th St., 601 S. Elm St., 1204 E. University Ave., 905 S. Elm St. and 1414 S. College St. Projects include improving the structural integrity of a porch which supports a balcony, related rainwater control and diversion, removal of non-historic panels to reveal hidden original detail, and restoring historic windows. All the homes involved are listed on the City of Georgetown’s 2007 Survey of Historic Resources and one is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Awards are conditional on a number of factors including work being completed as described.
“These are the first awards from a new program launched last May,” said Susan Firth, GHS President. “Donations to our Preservation Fund combined with proceeds from past activities such as the Holiday Home Tours have made these awards possible. The grant program not only provides tangible assistance for specific historic structures but also identifies future needs and educates the preservation community in appropriate treatments and techniques to maintain the architectural treasures which make Georgetown unique.”
GHS, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year, continues to evolve in its mission to preserve the past for future generations. The next grant application cycle will begin early in January, 2017. To learn about programs or to donate to the GHS Preservation Fund please visit:
Contact: Susan Firth, President, Georgetown Heritage Society, 512 869 8597
Georgetown Library – 7pm – August 27, 2015
Mr. Polyzoides is returning to Georgetown for a free public discussion about New Urbansim.
Topics to be discussed include downtown development (residential & commercial), mobility, retail and public space.
Room information has not been provided so look for signs in the library.
Tamiro Plaza Phase 2 – Brownstones
Public Hearing and possible action on a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) for infill construction at 501 South Austin Avenue, bearing the legal description of City of Georgetown, Block 27, Lots 1-8, 1.3104 acres.
The City of Georgetown is in receipt of a request for a COA for infill construction at 501 South Austin Avenue. According to the submitted letter of intent, the applicant wishes to remove an existing non-historic structure and construct a multi-use development, with retail space on the first floor and residential units on the upper floors. Staff recommends approval of the request based on the findings that the request complies with the approval criteria of Section3.13.030 of the Unified Development Code (UDC).
The City of Georgetown will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, July 15 to gather community input on the Downtown West project. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Hewlett Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street.
The Downtown West project involves the redevelopment of three existing City buildings with nearby improvements for festivals and events. The City has hired the Lawrence group, an architectural and planning company, to design the redevelopment project based on input from the City and the community.
For more details, click here.
Creation of a new Forest Street Historic District and expansion of the existing Williamson County Courthouse Historic District are two recommendations of a report on the National Register Historic Districts in Georgetown. Highlights of the report will be presented in a public meeting on Monday, June 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Communication and Technology Building, 510 W. Ninth Street.
The new State of Texas franchise tax credit for historic preservation of income-producing properties became available in January 2015. The state tax incentive allows property owners to receive a tax credit worth 25 percent of the qualifying expenses associated with rehabilitating a historic building.
Local history experts in period costumes will tell stories from Georgetown’s past in an event on Georgetown’s Courthouse Square on May 16. The self-guided walking tour called Marking History on Saturday, May 16 is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event is one of several Preservation Month activities in May.
The tour is sponsored by The Williamson Museum in partnership with the Georgetown Main Street Program and the Georgetown Heritage Society. The Marking History walking tour is free and open to the public.
During the self-guided tour, historical markers around the Square will come to life with interpreters in period costumes telling the stories of the buildings and the people who built them. From the Grace Heritage Center and the old fire station on the southeast side of the Square to the Lockett Building on the northwest corner—and at several historical markers in between—visitors will be entertained with the tales of Georgetown’s past. To start the Marking History tour, go to the Williamson Museum at 716 S. Austin Avenue on the Square to pick up a map.
Marker Rehab Workshop: On the morning of May 16, there will be an historic marker rehabilitation workshop at from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The workshop starts at 9 a.m. on the south steps of the Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main Street. The group will divide into teams and participants will learn the rehabilitation techniques by working on historic markers around the Square. The workshop is sponsored by the City’s Historic Preservation office, the Texas Historical Commission, The Williamson Museum, and the Williamson County Historical Commission.
Art Exhibition: Artworks from the Paint Out on Church Street will be on display on May 16 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Grace Heritage Center, 811 S. Main Street. Works by approximately 20 artists featuring scenes along Church Street will be displayed. The pieces were painted during the Paint Out on Church Street event that was held on May 2 and sponsored by The Georgetown Art Center and the Georgetown Heritage Society. The exhibit will be on display at Grace Heritage Center May 11 through May 16. The show will be open Monday through Friday 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Georgetown Heritage Society announces creation of a grant program to assist with costs of preserving historic structures in the greater Georgetown area. Eligible structures will be those in the City of Georgetown’s Historic Resource Survey. Applications may be submitted January 2016 for consideration and awards will be determined in April, 2016.
“For 30 plus years, GHS has promoted interest in Georgetown’s heritage – its historic buildings and sites and the people associated with them — through advocacy, educational programs, home tours, publications and, of course, assisting with the relocation and operation of the Grace Heritage Center,” says GHS President Susan Firth. “Now it is time to move to a new level of support, gathering resources needed to help preserve the structural integrity of historical and architectural treasures that make our community unique.”
The GHS Preservation Fund has been established. A fundraising campaign has begun to supplement funds from ongoing GHS activities such as Grace Heritage Center rentals and the annual Holiday Home Tour. The Preservation Fund will support the grant program and future preservation activities approved by the GHS Board of Directors.
The Georgetown Art Center and the Georgetown Heritage Society are celebrating May as Preservation Month and would like you to join in on the fun. On May 2, from 9 am until 12 noon, Paint Out on Church Street, Picturing Historic Places will feature artists capturing the homes, structures and spaces along Church Street between 6th and 11th Streets. Church Street was chosen for its close proximity to the Square and for its unique and inclusive combination of historic private residences, repurposed homes/businesses, parks and churches.
The public is invited to experience artists in a “paint outdoors” session. This will be a fun morning spent amidst artists, enjoying beautiful historic Church Street, sharing experiences and trading knowledge with other plein air artists.
The Paint Out pieces will be on display at Grace Heritage Center, 811 South Main Street, Monday – Friday, May 11 through May 15, 1:00 pm – 5 pm; and on Saturday. May 16, 10 am – 2 pm.
Artists interested in participating may contact the Georgetown Art Center or register on-line .
The City’s website announced on April 1, 2015 …
The ordinance readings for the proposed changes to the Unified Development Code relating to the development standards, rules, and procedures that affect properties located in a Historic Overlay District and/or listed on the Historic Resource Survey are postponed until the May City Council meetings. First Reading will occur on May 12th, with the Second Reading scheduled for May 26th. As always, please feel free to contact city staff with any questions.
Andreina Davila-Quintero – Project Coordinator
(512) 931-7686, email@example.com
Matt Synatschk – Historic Planner
(512) 930-3581, firstname.lastname@example.org
For updates on the UDC regarding HARC, please visit
The Myth of Clovis First: The Peopling of the Americas
Did primitive peoples walk to the New World? Dr. Clark Wernecke examines an old hypothesis and presents new evidence from the GSAR excavation of one of the largest Paleoindian sites excavated in the Americas, the Gault Site in Central Texas.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Social 6 pm
Program 6:30 pm
Grace Heritage Center
811 South Main Street
The program is free and open to the public.
The City of Georgetown is holding a Historic Tax Credit Workshop for commercial properties on March 17 at 5:30 p.m. The workshop will be in the training room at the Georgetown Communications and Technology building at 510 W. Ninth Street.
Learn about tax credits that provide a preservation incentive for the rehabilitation of commercial properties. Valerie Magolin, Texas Historical Commission tax credit program specialist, and Steph McDougal, principal with McDoux Preservation, will speak about federal and state rehabilitation tax credits for commercial properties.
For more information about the tax credit program, go to the Texas Historical Commission website at www.thc.state.tx.us/preserve/projects-and-programs.
City Staff will host a public meeting tonight, March 12th , @ 5:30 to obtain further input regarding the proposed changes to the UDC Amendments involving HARC. The meeting will be held at City Council Chambers, 101 East 7th Street.
City staff is available to answer any questions regarding the amendments and the amendment process. Please feel free to direct your questions or comments to one of the following staff members:
View the Amendment changes and supporting documents:
If you’re goin’ to the Chapel and gonna get married … Grace Heritage Center is the place for you! Visit the GHS booth at the Georgetown Bridal Show this Sunday, February 22!
The event is taking place at East View High School, 4490 E. University Ave., Georgetown Texas from 11-3pm. on February 22nd.
This event is free admission for everyone!
On February 10, 2015, staff presented the proposed amendment to the Unified Development Code (UDC) to the City Council. Following the public hearing, the City Council decided to postpone First Reading of the Ordinance to the first meeting in April (April 14th), and directed staff to conduct a public workshop, HARC workshop and City Council workshop prior to this date. The purpose of this postponement and additional workshops is to give the stakeholders more opportunity review the proposed amendments and submit their comments and feedback to staff.
To accomplish this goal, staff has scheduled the following public meetings and workshops to take place in the Council Chambers at 101 E 7th St, Georgetown, Texas:
You are encouraged you to send us your questions, comments and recommendations online by using this link: https://georgetown.org/udc/harc-amendments/. If you have questions or would like to discuss the proposed amendment with a member of the team, please contact the Planning Department at 512/930-3575.
On Thursday, January 22, the City held a Public Meeting to discuss the changes to the UDC amendments as they pertain to HARC. Interested citizens, including GHS representatives, gave their input to the proposed amendments. Those comments will be reviewed by City staff and incorporated into the proposal.
Included in the discussion were the following items:
GHS and other attendees applauded staff for its efforts to provide a thorough document and meet the schedule set by City Council.
On its website, the City states that it understands that to reach this common goal it will take the joint effort of staff, council, commission and board members, property and business owners and other stakeholders. Because of this, we encourage you to provide us with your comments and recommendations on this proposed amendment. To facilitate this activity, the following public meetings have been scheduled to take place in the Council Chambers at 101 E 7th St, Georgetown, Texas:
Whether you are planning to attend one or more of these public meetings, we also encourage you to send us your questions, comments and recommendations online by using this link: feedback.
Options for the future of the historic Austin Avenue Bridge will be discussed in a special meeting on Tuesday, January 13 at 2 pm in City Council Chambers, 101 E. 7th Street.
Two nationally-recognized urbanists, Stefanos Polyzoides and Rick Hall will make a 45-minute presentation prior to the Council’s Workshop with the Road Bond Committee at 3 pm (Item C Discussion and Presentation on the 2015 Road Bond Recommendations — Tom Crawford, 2015 Road Bond Committee Chair and Edward G. Polasek, AICP, Transportation Services Director).
The special meeting coincides with the release of an independent study of the bridges, Bridge Design Evaluations: Recommendations and Case Studies for the Austin Avenue bridges over the North and South San Gabriel Rivers, conducted by Winter & Company.
Well, another Holiday Home Tour is in the books! Our sincere thanks to all the visitors, docents, committee members & chairs, staff, the City of Georgetown, sponsors, homeowners and neighbors! What a great success – and a sell out year! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Happy Holidays!
Our call for volunteers has been a great success. Thank you! As Georgetown Heritage Society prepares for the annual 2014 Holiday Home Tour and we rely on the energy and dedication of so many seasonal volunteers to make this event spectacular. If you’ve not heard, GHS would like to ask each member to volunteer for 2 – 3 hours of service this Fall/Holiday Season to partner with GHS and help make this annual event a success – we cannot achieve our goals without the energy and dedication which our members provide!
Call the office or drop us a note if you can contribute! We’ll place you with a task you’ll enjoy! We look forward to hearing from you!
There was no greater shift in the landscape of American architecture than buildings constructed in the early 20th century. We will examine how the inventive became commonplace and shaped the very way in which we live.
Grace Heritage Center
811 South Main Street
The program is free and open to the public.