If you love exploring Plano's historic buildings and rich past, you are in good company with our seven Heritage Commission members. On Aug. 9, the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions named the City of Plano Heritage Commission "Commission of the Year."
The award honors work that began in 2017 and includes the Commission's collaboration with residents to create the Preservation Plano 150 plan. Last year, the Commission helped several local cemeteries recover from tornado damage by advocating and awarding emergency grants in December for cemetery repairs. Along with these accomplishments, they have been instrumental in getting the Texas Pool and Saigling House on the National Register of Historic Places listing. The restoration and rehabilitation work for the of city-owned Saigling House received a 2018 Preservation Achievement Award from Preservation Dallas. During this time, two new local landmark designations were added, including one of Plano's historic African-American cemeteries. Streamlined processes now allow heritage projects to be repaired and restored more quickly.
Plano adopted its first preservation plan in 1979. Today we have two heritage districts in the Downtown Plano area and 34 heritage landmarks scattered across the City. This wouldn't be possible without the efforts of our Heritage Commission. Our thanks go to current Heritage Commission members:
- Harold Sickler, Chair
- Brian Bedingfield, Vice Chair
- Nancy Baldwin
- Brock Karahan
- Jason Morgan
- Kendall Reed
- William Spencer