Historic Preservation

​Historic and Cultural Preservation Strategic Plan

Be a part of the Historic and Cultural Preservation Strategic Plan!

How to Get Involved:

The City of Dallas is conducting a strategic planning process to define a community-driven vision for historic and cultural preservation and an implementation roadmap for how to achieve that vision.

The strategic plan for the City's historic preservation program will outline its vision, mission, and goals aligned with the City's Racial Equity Plan, Equitable Economic Development Policy, Housing Policy, and other related efforts. The plan will clarify the historic preservation program's role and relationship to other City services provided through Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization, Planning and Urban Design, the Office of Arts and Culture, and others. It will outline phased implementation steps necessary to achieve the vision for the program, including necessary resources and staffing, ordinance updates, partnerships, and new tools. 
The strategic plan, including the community-driven vision, will also serve as a guiding policy for the City Council and an accountability tool for the administration of the historic preservation program.  

Advisory Bodies

Historic and Cultural Preservation Stakeholder Steering Committee

The Historic and Cultural Preservation Stakeholder Steering Committee meets monthly to inform the engagement and strategic planning process, helping the Office of Historic Preservation team to center the voices of key communities with historic and cultural preservation needs in the strategic plan. The committee is made up of 15 individuals with expertise in their neighborhoods and backgrounds in architectural and cultural preservation, real estate development, community organizing, anti-displacement, and racial equity and history in Dallas.    

Brent Brown, Co-ChairFounder, bulidingcommunityWorkshop
Amber Sims, Co-ChairFounder, Young Leaders, Strong City
Stephanie Drenka, MemberFounder, Dallas Asian American Historical Society Founder
Denise Johnson, MemberFounder, Dallas Asian American Historical Society Founder
Taylor Toynes, MemberExecutive Director, For Oak Cliff
Priscilla Escobedo, MemberPresident, Dallas Mexican American Historical League
Teresa Coleman WashExecutive Artistic Director, Bishop Arts Theatre Center
Leslie Nepveux, AIA NCARBFounder, Veux Deux Design
Marcel QuimbyPrincipal, Quimby Preservation Studio
Shalondria Galimore President, South Central Civic League
Founder, Melissa Pierce Project
Larry JohnsonTenth Street Resident Association
Evelyn MontgomeryDirector/Curator, Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture
Stephanie Champion MartinezChief Community Development and Policy Officer, Builders of Hope CDC
Victoria ClowPresident, Preservation Dallas
David Preziosi Executive Director, Texas Historical Foundation


Landmark Commission 

The Landmark Commission informs the engagement and strategic planning process with their expertise about the City's historic districts and their residents. The commission is regularly updated on the strategic planning process and joins the Steering Committee, Office of Historic Preservation staff, and leadership from other City Departments in leadership workshops.

Interdepartmental Core Team

The Interdepartmental Core Team consists of leadership from Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization, Public Works, Development Services and Inspection, Parks and Recreation, the Office of Arts and Culture, and the Office of Economic Development. The Core Team is accountable for identifying areas where the strategic plan for historic and cultural preservation overlaps with other City plans, policies, and programs; coordinating implementation efforts across departments; and developing accountability structures that ensure ongoing commitment to the strategic plan's implementation.