My Historic SMTX - Historic Resources Survey

My Historic SMTX

In 2018/2019, the City of San Marcos conducted historic resources survey in efforts to identify and document historic-age resources (50 years of age and older) and help develop recommendations to help the City make decisions about historic resources for future planning and development initiatives. 

What Are Historic Resources?

Historic resources can be districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering and culture.

What Is a Historic Resources Survey?

A historic resources survey is:

  • A systematic method of documenting historic resources through fieldwork and research.
  • Fundamental to historic preservation because it results in the identification of historic resources.
  • Helps determine which of those resources should be preserved.
  • Can be essential in shaping local ordinances, guidelines or downtown master plans to protect these resources.
  • The main purpose of completing a local survey is to gather the information needed to plan for the wise use of a community's resources.

Source: Texas Historical Commission

Historic resources surveys have been conducted in San Marcos the past. Previously surveyed areas are documented in three prior survey reports: the 1992 City of San Marcos Historic District Survey (PDF), the 1996 Historic Resources Survey of the Dunbar and East Guadalupe Neighborhoods (PDF) and the 1997 San Marcos Heritage Resources Survey (PDF).

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Historic Resources Identification Form

What Does a Historic Resources Survey Do?

A historic resources survey will provide guidance on historically and culturally significant resources in the City that can be used for future policymaking. A historic resources survey does not :

  • Impose any restrictions or obligations on property owners.
  • Provide historic designation for any property.
  • Require access to the interior of any property.

Who Conducted the Survey?

The City of San Marcos contracted Hicks and Company Environmental, Archeological, and Planning Consultants of Austin, Texas, to complete the historic resources survey. A sub-consultant on the project was Terracon.