Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Preservation Houston

  • Houston, TX
  • www.preservationhouston.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Greater Houston Preservation Alliance dba Preservation Houston is to preserve Houston's local culture of diversity, invention, vitality and can-do spirit by celebrating and revitalizing our historic buildings, neighborhoods and places. We will accomplish our mission through education, collaboration and consultation, and by providing technical advice, information and resource sharing, and citywide heritage-based marketing and outreach initiatives.

Main Programs

  1. Advocacy
  2. Historic Neighborhoods Resources (HNR)
  3. Technical Assistance and Advice
  4. Architectural Walking Tours
  5. Good Brick Awards
  6. Good Brick Tour
  7. Public Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Preservation Houston serves Houston and Harris County, Texas.

ruling year

1980

Acting Executive Director

Self-reported

Mr. David Bush

Keywords

Self-reported

historic preservation, Good Brick, restoration, GHPA

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EIN

74-2139150

Also Known As

Preservation Houston

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Advocacy

Support of Preservation Houston's operating budget allows staff members to advocate preservation on a personal level. Preservation Houston's staff regularly appear before the Houston Archeological & Historical Commission and City Council. Preservation Houston responds quickly to preservation issues that arise in the media to ensure our message reaches a broad audience. Preservation Houston
staff meets with neighborhood residents to explain the benefits of historic district designation and meets with individual property owners to explain the incentives for historic landmark designation.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Historic Neighborhoods Resources (HNR)

HNR is an effective, proactive program promoting the preservation and revitalization of Houston's historic neighborhoods. Preservation Houston staff members assist civic clubs and neighborhood associations seeking City of Houston historic district designations as well as individual property owners seeking City of Houston historic landmark, Texas historic landmark and National Register of Historic Places designations. Staff members also advise the owners of income-producing properties on the process for qualifying to receive state and federal preservation tax incentives.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Other Named Groups

Budget

Program 3

Technical Assistance and Advice

Staff members share their expertise by providing preservation tax credit information to developers and assisting the owners of historic houses and commercial buildings with nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and for City of Houston Landmark and Protected Landmark designations. This service is particularly useful for the individual owners of historic homes who may not have the resources to hire private consultants.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 4

Architectural Walking Tours

Architectural walking tours are among Preservation Houston's most visible and popular means of focusing public attention on local heritage. Every month, trained volunteer docents guide participants through the city's varied historic neighborhoods using Preservation Houston's professionally researched scripts. So far, more than 40 neighborhoods and landmarks have been documented. In many cases, Preservation Houston's copyrighted tour scripts are the only comprehensive written records of these communities' histories. In addition, Preservation Houston conducts quarterly guided tours of historic Glenwood Cemetery as well as private tours for school and civic groups and visiting organizations.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 5

Good Brick Awards

The Good Brick Awards are Preservation Houston's largest single fundraising activity. Presented since 1978, the Good Brick Awards recognize leadership and excellence in historic preservation, including project planning, publications, renovation, restoration and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Along with traditional rehabilitation projects, winners have included individuals who researched and published family histories, organizations that have carried out community service projects, and individuals who created and support small museums. Preservation Houston believes that recognizing outstanding projects is one of the most effective means to promote preservation and increase awareness of Houston's heritage. The Good Brick Awards are promoted through the local media, and have been the subject of major features in the Houston Chronicle. Preservation Houston also publishes a printed program showcasing the award winners and explaining Preservation Houston's mission and activities.

Category

General Code

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Program 6

Good Brick Tour

In conjunction with the Good Brick Awards, Preservation Houston produces the Good Brick Tour to showcase outstanding preservation projects by opening award-winning historic properties to the public.

Category

General Code

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 7

Public Programs

History in Print, Preservation Houston's author series, provides a public venue for the authors of recently published books related to history and historic preservation. The Preservation in Practice lecture series provides the public an opportunity to learn about the workings of preservation projects from architects and building professionals.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Preservation Houston serves Houston and Harris County, Texas.

Social Media

Affiliations + Memberships

National Trust for Historic Preservation - Partner

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Financials

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Greater Houston Preservation Alliance
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Operations

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Preservation Houston

Leadership

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Acting Executive Director

Mr. David Bush

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. John N. Cryer III, FAIA

Retired

Term: July 2015 - June 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?