Downtown Athens is a wonderful asset to our community. Our historic downtown contains a variety of beautiful buildings built in the early 1900’s that surround the 1913 Henderson County Courthouse, one of the most unique courthouses in Texas! In Athens, all roads lead to downtown, making it truly the heart of the City. The result is a bustling mix of activity and energy making the area a destination for tourists and locals alike. Come explore the streets of downtown to check out attractions like the Henderson County Historical Museum, art galleries with local and regional artists’ work, antique shops, retail, and more!
A Landmark Venue. The Texan will open in Spring 2018 and will be a state of the art live music and events venue located in the heart of downtown just off the square!
The Downtown Façade Improvement Program is designed to promote the continued use and maintenance of historic commercial and multi-use properties in the Façade Improvement Program Downtown Area by helping property owners rehabilitate and preserve eligible structures. Reimbursement grants are provided to owners in recognition of the positive impacts that individual building improvements can have on overall appearance, quality, growth and vitality of the downtown.
In order to provide you with more information regarding the Downtown Facade Improvement Program and educate downtown property owners on the components of historic preservation and how they apply to downtown properties, the City will host an afternoon of free one on one consultations with an architect that specializes in historic preservation on Thursday, January 18th. This will also be an opportunity to discuss the program with City of Athens staff and to ask any questions that you may have for an architect. Also, please feel free to extend an invitation to any other persons as you feel necessary (i.e., your contractor, mason, etc.) Light refreshments will be provided.
If you are interested in receiving a free architect consultation for your property on January 18th, please contact Adrianna Hinds at email@example.com to schedule your consultation.
Interested in applying? Download and submit the guidelines and application below. All applications are due March 1st. Questions? Please contact City Hall at 903.675.5131 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the following two video interviews with 2017 Downtown Facade Improvement Program recipients, Jon Garrett and Sharon McCain. Hear what they have to say about their experience with the program!
For more information, contact:
Community Services Coordinator
508 E. Tyler St.
Athens, Texas 75751