On January 22, the National Trust for Historic Preservation will announce a month-long campaign to celebrate Texas courthouses. Beginning in February, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Texas Historical Commission, and Preservation Texas invite the public to show their love for these iconic places through online photo and story sharing.
In 2012, the National Trust listed Texas’ historic courthouses to its list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for the second time, and has since named them a National Treasure, signifying their national significance and the Trust’s ongoing commitment to their preservation.
In conjunction with this distinction, National Trust staff will tour a select number of Texas courthouses as part of their new “I Love Texas Courthouses” initiative. The San Saba County Courthouse has been selected to demonstrate the value of the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program. A Planning Grant was awarded to San Saba County in 2009 to prepare restoration construction documents. A second Emergency Grant is currently addressing roof leaks in the courthouse. Major funding was provided through the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program, the largest preservation grant program in the country.
National Trust, THC and Preservation Texas representatives will visit San Saba on Wednesday, January 23, from 11:00 a.m. to noon to spotlight the courthouse project and speak with local citizens to find out why San Saba County loves its courthouse.
More information on how to get involved is available at www.ilovetexascourthouses.org.