neighborhoods lend themselves to being great communities
because of the common history and style they share.
Yet one of the challenges is, as a community ages,
redevelops, and draws new people, its history can be
tragically lost or become a burden impeding a community’s economic growth and health.
Historic Preservation of Houston, we love older homes,
reside in the historic districts, and wish to maintain
and preserve the historical aesthetics of our special
neighborhoods. We support deliberate preservation while
believing that homeowners in a historic area should be
the ultimate decision makers about what type of
preservation rules should be applied in their
community. We want to help Historic District homeowners
balance their clear desire to preserve a sense of
history with reasonable fair processes that mesh their
homeowner’s rights with the special needs of the
Currently, the City
of Houston and a few outspoken people are seeking a
dramatic change that will impact you as a homeowner.
The changes to the historic ordinance proposed would,
without the consent of those in the district, alter the
very nature of the historic district, into a new type of
“Protected District." Homeowners will no longer enjoy
the ultimate right to decide what needs be done for
their historic property. Instead, a non-elected
historic commission will tell homeowners what they can
and cannot do in maintaining and updating their home.
No one in the district be allowed to demolish a historic
structure, change the appearance of their property
through renovation, or build a new home without the
approval of this commission. This is a dramatic change
to the rights of homeowner without the consent of those
We ask you to join
us at Responsible Historic Preservation for Houston.
Help us insure that our city keeps this current delicate
balance of saying yes to historic preservation while
also protecting your homeowners rights.