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Houston Historic Landmark and Protected Landmark Reports

Identifier: MSS 0178

Content Description

Collection contains landmark nominations, protected landmark nominations, National Residential Historic District applications and research created by Preservation Houston staff members that detail the history of buildings structures in black neighborhoods. Researchers interested in the history of black neighborhoods in Houston will find this collection a valuable resource.


  • 1997- 2016

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Houston Historic Landmark and Protected Landmark Nominations must be obtained from the African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Preservation Houston was incorporated in 1978 as Greater Houston Preservation Alliance. Within a year of its founding, the group began presenting the Good Brick Awards for excellence in historic preservation, and one year later published its first book, Last of the Past: Houston Architecture 1847 to 1915, with The Heritage Society and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston (now Houston Arts Alliance). Both efforts were early moves toward achieving the organization's mission of creating a preservation ethic for Houston by increasing public awareness and appreciation of our shared heritage.

When Preservation Houston began its work, Houston did not have a historic preservation ordinance and there were no city historic districts or designated landmarks. In 1995, the organization partnered with neighborhood representatives to convince Mayor Bob Lanier that Houston needed to protect its historic resources, resulting in the passage of the city's first historic preservation ordinance. Preservation Houston supported Mayor Bill White and Mayor Annise Parker in their successful efforts to strengthen the ordinance in 2005 and 2011, respectively. Publicly owned properties that are determined to be historically or architecturally significant may be considered for designation.

Taken from Preservation Houston Website.


.5 Linear Feet (1 doc box)

Language of Materials



Materials are arranged by alphabetically by geographic location, and then alphbetically by landmark.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Saneea Sakhyani, Community Outreach Coordinator, Preservation Houston, 2019

Processing Information

Processed by Sheena Wilson, 2019

MSS 0178 Houston Historic Landmark and Protected Landmark Reports
An inventory of records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Gregory School Repository


The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002