Newsletter Issue 3
Preservation News
Be Informed. Ask Questions. Stay Involved.
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Brenham was established in 1844 and many of the buildings you see today were built later that century. Our historic buildings tell their own story of the history of Brenham.

In response to requests from citizens, City Council has appointed a Historic Preservation Committee to develop an ordinance to preserve this history.
Public input is vital throughout the process of developing a Historic Preservation Ordinance.
Each month, we are distributing this newsletter to keep the public informed and give everyone the ability to respond with questions or comments.

We will continue to use this vehicle to distribute particular sections of the ordinance discussed by the committee each month. Once public input is received and discussed, we will share final drafts of sections for recommendation to the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council.

The Purpose section is the first completed. The sections being discussed at the January meeting are the Historic Preservation Board and Historic Preservation Officer sections. Also, a link to the boundary map for a Downtown Historic District Overlay is below. Please share any comments or questions with us for committee discussion and consideration.

Please share this email with anyone interested in historic preservation in the City of Brenham, and encourage them to subscribe. It can be done through an included link or by request sent to
Building Preserved
The Schmid Brothers had this elaborate, two-story Romanesque Revival building constructed to house a grocery, feed store and upstairs saloon. This building was lovingly restored and is now home to the Ant Street Inn Bed & Breakfast.
"In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy."
- John Sawhill, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Meeting 3 Highlights
In the committee meeting held December 15, the committee viewed current downtown boundaries for the Main Street District and the Brenham Downtown National Register District. Based on feedback and discussion, a boundary map for the Downtown Historic District Overlay will be proposed and discussed at the January meeting. A link to the map is below.

There was additional discussion on how new construction would be handled in the ordinance. There will be more discussion of this question in future meetings.

Current Design Guidelines used by Main Street in approving Incentive Grant Requests will be made available to the committee.

Public Input
Keeping the public informed through the ordinance development process is vital. Please share your thoughts and ask questions through our feedback form.
Historic Preservation Ordinance Committee Members include:
City Council Representatives:
Susan Cantey
Clint Kolby

Main Street Board Representatives:
John Hermann
Jim Moser
Planning & Zoning Commission Representatives:
Deanna Alfred
Cayte Neil
Public Representatives:
Katie Burch
Tina Henderson
Ed Owens
Tami Redshaw
Mary Thornhill

In what intersection was this photo taken?

If you know the answer, be the 1st or 2nd to respond with the correct answer to win a gift card from a Downtown merchant! Be sure to include any memories you have of this building or building owner.
Answer to the photo
from the last issue:

The photo at left was taken of a home previously located at the intersection of Main Street
and Austin Street.

The correct answer was submitted by:
Lowell Herzog who will receive
a gift card to Must Be Heaven!
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