The National Park Service confirmed Plano Downtown Historic District is now on the National Register of Historic Places. This is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation – buildings, sites, structures and objects. Places on the Register must be at least 50 years old and meet established criteria.
The Plano Heritage Commission initiated the designation in February. The National Register designation will provide a distinct recognition for Historic Downtown Plano, promote tourism and economic development, and provide eligibility for individual property owners to apply and receive state and financial incentives for rehabilitation of buildings. The designation imposes no restrictions on property owners. The Plano Downtown Historic District will now be listed with some of the nation’s most prestigious historic districts like New Orleans’ French Quarter and others.
The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorized the National Park Service to oversee the National Register of Historic Places, a federal program created to identify and protect America’s historic and archeological resources. There are over 300 districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Texas today, including four in Collin County (three in the City of McKinney and one in the City of Fairview). Before this announcement, Plano was the largest city in Texas without a district listed on the National Register.
City staff worked with a consultant for nearly two years conducting individual property surveys and researching historic photos preparing for the National Register nomination.