Downtown Pittsburg to be on National Registry
Pittsburg, TX (KETK) — The City of Pittsburg is extremely proud to announce that The Pittsburg Commercial Historic District in Pittsburg, Texas was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The City of Pittsburg would like to invite you to celebrate this significant announcement by attending an unveiling of a designated marker referencing the National Register of Historic Places downtown Pittsburg on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., followed by a reception at Pilgrim Bank, Pittsburg.
The Texas Historical Commission (THC) assisted in the nomination of this property in recognition of its importance to the history of Pittsburg and the State of Texas. Noted for its historical significance, the district is the first in Camp County to be added to the National Register, and joins other properties around the state with National Register status.
The Pittsburg Commercial Historic District is the heart of the city’s central business district. It retains a high concentration of properties that represent the commercial, cultural, physical, and architectural development of Pittsburg from the late 19th-century to the present day. The buildings within the district include modest 19th-and-20th-century brick commercial buildings with commercial storefronts composed of cast iron, brick, wood, and glass, as well as superior examples of civic and religious architecture. Founded in the 1850s, Pittsburg steadily grew into a thriving agricultural service hub, adding a number of businesses focused on transporting, processing, or manufacturing agricultural products and goods. The most active growth took place from the 1880s through the 1930s, and the bulk of the district’s properties were built during this time period. The district is composed of 88 buildings and sites on approximately 32 acres.
“Listing in the National Register of Historic Places is both an honor and a substantial contribution to the local economy through the state’s heritage tourism efforts,” said THC Executive Director Mark Wolfe. “The work done by property owners, local preservation organizations, THC staff, and the THC’s professional review board results in an achievement that the community can be proud of as it joins our agency in saving the real places that tell the real stories of Texas history.
The National Register designation is the culmination of a year-long project in which the THC partnered with the Pittsburg Main Street Program and the Camp County Historical Commission to inventory and evaluate a large number of Pittsburg’s historic resources. The jointly conducted project is the first of its kind to be completed in the state, and will serve as a model for future documentation efforts in other Texas Main Street cities.
The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources deemed worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a federal program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect the country’s historic and archeological resources. The National Register includes more than 3,000 listings in Texas. Listing affords properties a measure of protection from the possible impact of federally funded projects, as well as access to technical expertise and grant funds to facilitate restoration and preservation. Income-producing properties are also eligible for federal tax benefits for sympathetic rehabilitation work.