Heritage, Volume 5, Number 2, Summer 1987 Page: 10
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As Georgetown flourished, durable and permanent buildings were constructed in the downtown area.
Residents were also concerned with aesthetic designs and elaborate ornamentation of their homes.
Notice the original courthouse, which was later demolished.
The preservation movement in Georgetown is continuing
to evolve. In recognition of its ongoing commitment to
historic preservation, Georgetown was among a handful of
Texas cities selected in 1986 to participate in the federal
government's fledgling Certified Local Government (CLG)
program. As a CLG city, Georgetown is eligible to receive
financial and technical assistance from the Texas Historical
Commission and is charged with maintaining a local historic
preservation committee and enforcing state and local
preservation laws. Thus the City of Georgetown, through
its Community Projects Department, is attempting to expand
the scope of preservation to encompass not only the
central business district but the surrounding residential
areas as well.
The CLG program made it possible for the Heritage Society
to work with city government to formulate a longawaited
preservation plan for Georgetown. Envisioned
as the culmination of the survey and nomination processes,
the plan maps out a basic preservation strategy for the city.
This plan was underway as early as 1985, when a Heritage
Society steering committee composed of representatives
from various governmental, education, and civic organizations
began to identify areas of historic concern.
Topics ranged from the establishment of more stringent
demolition controls to the creation of a local landmark
Following a public meeting to air those areas of concern
and to glean additional input from the community, final
drafting of the preservation plan was entrusted to city staff.
Soon to be published, the preservation plan will be finetuned
and formally incorporated into the city's comprehensive
master plan following a series of public hearings and
approval by city officials. Preservation has indeed become
an integral part of Georgetown city government.
Matching funds awarded through the CLG program enabled
the city and the Heritage Society not only to cosponsor
preparation of the preservation plan but also to
finance several supplemental projects. A professionally
produced slide presentation describing the architectural and
cultural development of Georgetown was produced for use
in the school system, at meetings of civic groups, and as an
orientation for out-of-town visitors.
The society also commissioned a renovation and design
manual tailored to Georgetown buildings. This manual
makes local architectural styles interesting and identifiable
to citizens and advises property owners of appropriate resto
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