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2014 Historic property tax exemption applications due April 30  
Applications for the partial property tax exemption for historic properties are due by April 30, 2014. If your property received a "needs maintenance" rating last year, please complete the noted repairs in order to qualify for the exemption this year. Refer to the tax exemption information page for application and schedule.   

2013 Local Legend Awards Presented     
Historic Preservation Commission Chair Jerry Hodges presented the 2013 Local Legend Awards at the November 14 City Council Meeting. This year's Local Legends are:
     Rev. Freeman Smalley, who preached against slavery in the 1850s-1860s
     Jack Jordan, Mayor from 1913-1914 and City Manager from 1914-1958 
     Bob Bennett, City Manager from 1979-2002   
     The Stagecoach Inn, built 1848-1953   

A full description of each Local Legend, and of previous honorees, is posted on the Local Legend Awards page. Congratulations to all of Round Rocks Local Legends!    

Historic Resources Survey Project Phase IV update       
The consultant's project report has been completed and is posted on the Historical Resources Survey Project page. The report includes new historic designation applications, and an education and outreach process used to assess owner support for designating new historic landmarks and a new residential historic district downtown.

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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