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May is National Preservation Month  

L-R: Shirley Marquardt of Round Rock Preservation, HPC Chair Jerry Hodges; HPC Vice-Chair Pamela Sue Anderson

L-R: Shirley Marquardt of Round Rock Preservation, HPC Chair Jerry Hodges; HPC Vice-Chair Pamela Sue Anderson

Preservation Month was created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America. This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966. There will be historic preservation information and kids’ activities at Market Days on May 7, and at Music on Main Street May 4 and 25. The city’s cable channel will air segments of Preservation Minutes all month.

Stagecoach Inn update at May 17 HPC meeting
The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)’s regular meeting on May 17, 2016 will include an update and public hearing regarding the status of the Old Stagecoach Inn. If you would like to address the Commission at the meeting, please arrive 10 minutes early. Updates on the status of the Inn will be posted on the Stagecoach Inn page at www.roundrocktexas.gov/stagecoach-inn as available.

Nominations for the 2016 Local Legend Awards due June 17
LLposter-2016-colorThe Historic Preservation Commission is seeking nominations for the 2016 Local Legend Awards. The Award recognizes individuals, families, businesses, groups, publications, and organizations that have had a positive and lasting impact on the culture, development, and history of Round Rock. Please see the Local Legend page for Nomination instructions and selection criteria.



Historic Preservation in Round Rock

The St. Charles Hotel (built ca. 1870)

The St. Charles Hotel (built ca. 1870)

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)

Preservation program information
Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)
Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) Schedule 2016
Certificate of Appropriateness application packet updated Dec. 2016
Historic Designation & Historic Overlay Zoning
Historic property Tax Exemption
2010-2013 Survey and Inventory of Historic Resources

New: Designation of Historic Landmarks and Historic Districts (brochure, pdf)
Historic Design Guidelines for Residential Properties (pdf)
Historic Design Guidelines for Commercial Properties
Partial Tax Exemption for Historically Significant Properties (brochure, pdf)
Historic Preservation Commission Schedule (pdf)
Protecting Historic Properties: A Citizen’s Guide to Section 106 Review (brochure, pdf)

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