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Stagecoach Inn relocation application to be reviewed at Oct. 17 HPC meeting
The City of Round Rock has filed Certificate of Appropriateness for Relocation application to move the Stagecoach Inn from its current location at 901 Round Rock Avenue to the future park site at 750 Chisholm Trail Road. The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) will act on the application at its October 17, 2017 meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Although there will be no public hearing there will be a Citizen Communication period at the beginning of the meeting. If you wish to speak, please arrive early to sign up to speak. See the Stagecoach Inn page for a map of the current and proposed sites.

Old Round Rock Cemetery cleanup event October 28
The Round Rock Cemetery Association, Round Rock Preservation, and the City of Round Rock seek volunteers for a one-time cleanup at the Round Rock Cemetery, 1400 Sam Bass Road. The event is a short cleanup from 9am to noon on Saturday October 28th. No special skills are required. In addition to helping maintain a truly historical site you’ll be able to learn about and tour the dozens of early pioneer tombstones and crypts dating back to the early 1800’s. See Round Rock Preservation’s cleanup project page for signup information.

Historic Preservation in Round Rock

The St. Charles Hotel (built ca. 1870)

The St. Charles Hotel (built ca. 1870) is now Williamson Museum on the Chisholm Trail

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 2017
HPC Goals for 2016-2017
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