Historic District

North Main Street - circa 1916

Downtown Then n Now - Collin Sheehan Photography
Elgin, Texas was designated a Historic District in 1991 for the downtown business area. Properties within this area require a review of any changes to be made to the exterior that are visible from the public right-of-way.
  • See Historic District Design Guidelines for requirements for revisions of properties.
  • Preservation Briefs offer guidance on preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring historic buildings. The Historic Review Board utilizes these briefs in conducting reviews and they provide useful information for property and business owners. 
  • The Historic District has specific provisions for signage within the City Sign Ordinance
  • Elgin is a Certified Local Government and a Texas Main Street City, which brings a variety of technical assistance to the community to support historic preservation programs.
  • The Elgin Commercial Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Properties in the district may be eligible for state and federal tax credits. See the the Texas Historical Commission website for more information.
  • Properties in the commercial business district may be eligible for grant assistance and small business assistance through the Elgin EDC and the Main Street Program.
For information about scheduling a review, assistance, or tax credit programs, please contact Amy Miller, Community Development Director at 512-281-5724 or Email

Historic Review Board


See the Historic Review Board for more information on downtown revitalization and renovation.