Historic Preservation Ordinance (HPO)
Historic Preservation Committee Meeting Notes
Brenham was established in 1844 and many of the buildings you see today were built later that century. Our historic buildings tell their own story of the history of Brenham. In response to requests from citizens, City Council has appointed a Historic Preservation Committee to develop an ordinance to preserve this history.
The committee will be discussing different sections of a Historic Preservation Ordinance each month. Members have "homework" to prepare and the section to be discussed in November will be the "purpose" of the ordinance.
Main Street is dedicated to the revitalization and preservation of historic downtown business districts throughout the country. It is sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and, in Texas, the Texas Historical Commission. These sponsors, through the National Main Street Center, provide direction and support to over 1,000 community programs nationwide. Together, these programs have produced an investment in these districts of more than $5 billion and spurred the rehabilitation of countless historic structures, while providing space for 27,000 new businesses and creating over 100,000 new jobs for local citizens.
The foundation and success of Main Street is based on a cooperative effort between the sponsors and the local government, business owners, and lending institutions within the communities that have joined the program. Since rejoining Main Street in 1999, the City of Brenham has experienced a dynamic improvement in its historic downtown district thanks in part to more than $2.25 million spent to date in reinvestment activities.
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We envision downtown Brenham as the heart of our community - where history is preserved, where unique and exciting businesses thrive, and where the community and visitors want to be for restaurants, shopping, living, and entertainment.
To use the 4-point approach to revitalization - organization, promotion, design, and economic restructuring - to encourage reinvestment and preservation; and to entice businesses, customers, visitors, and downtown residents to the historic district.