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2014 Local Legend Awards  
The Round Rock Historic Preservation Commission announced four Local Legend Award honorees at the City Council meeting on Thursday, October 23. Lambert Peterson, Sharon Prete, Sheriff James Milton Tucker, and Texas Baptist Children's Home were honored for their contributions to the culture, development, and history of the community. Historic Preservation Commission Chair Jerry Hodges presented the awards and highlighted some of the accomplishments of each of the award recipients. Complete information about the 2014 Local Legends is posted on the Local Legends Award page.   

Historic Preservation in Round Rock    

The St. Charles Hotel (built ca. 1853)

The City of Round Rock was founded in the 1840s where the Chisholm Trail crosses Brushy Creek, at the area now known as “Old Town.” In 1876, many of the businesses and residents moved to the current downtown area (“New Town”) when the railroad extended its tracks there. Since then, the City has grown steadily.

As it grows, the City of Round Rock works with owners of older and historic properties to encourage maintenance and upkeep, as well as retention of the historic character of buildings, structures, sites, and districts.  The Department of Planning and Development Services (PDS) manages the City’s historic preservation programs. These include: 

  • Advising property owners who want to renovate historic buildings and approving their proposed changes 
  • City-wide preservation planning
  • Maintaining an inventory of historic properties
  • Designating local landmarks and historic districts
  • Managing a property tax exemption program available to historic property owners
  • Educating the public about Round Rock’s history and the City’s preservation programs

Find the Information You Need  

Historic properties in Round Rock              
    Historic Architecture in Round Rock   
    Designated Historic Landmarks 
    Downtown Historic District (National Register District)
    Chisholm Trail Historic Area   
    Downtown Historic Building Information Placards   
    Historic Round Rock Guide and Walking Tour (map/brochure, pdf)

Local history  
    The Historic Round Rock Collection  
    Preservation Minutes (videos about Round Rock history and preservation)
    Local Legends 
    Local History Resources 
    Sam Bass and the Great Round Rock Shootout of July 19, 1878 (brochure, pdf)
    Historical Research Resources for Williamson County (brochure, pdf)

Preservation program information  
    Certificate of Appropriateness Information & Application 
    Historic Designation & Historic Overlay Zoning
    Historic Tax Exemption   
    Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)  
        HPC Meeting & Submittal Schedule    
    2010-2013 Survey and Inventory of Historic Resources   
        Phase I: Survey of properties in the core downtown area
        Phase II: Survey of properties in the remainder of the Downtown Master Plan area
        Phase III: Establishment of a Certificate of Appropriateness for the relocation of historic properties
        Phase IV: Designation Process Design 

    Design Guidelines for Historic Districts and Properties - Commercial (pdf)
    Design Guidelines for Historic Districts and Properties - Residential (pdf)
    Partial Tax Exemption for Historically Significant Properties (brochure, pdf)
    New: Designation of historic Landmarks and Historic Districts (brochure, pdf)     
    HPC meeting & submittal schedule (pdf)  
    Protecting Historic Properties: A Citizen's Guide to Section 106 Review (brochure, pdf) 

Planning & Development Services Newsletter     
    New Official Texas Historical Marker and Building Placards Installed Downtown  
         (Oct. 2011)
    Local Legend Winners Honored (Oct. 2011)
    Historic Preservation Project Results in Restoration Rather Than Replacement
         of Windows (July 2011)
    Historic Property Tax Exemptions (April 2011)

Contact Us 
Planning & Development Services Department
301 W. Bagdad Avenue, Suite 210 (map)
Round Rock, Texas 78664
Phone: (512) 218-5428
Fax: (512) 218-3286
Walk-in hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

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