Downtown Athens

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!

Downtown Destinations on the Square

Art Galleries

The Texan: A Landmark Venue is now open!

A Landmark Venue. The Texan opened its doors in the summer of 2018 and will be a arts, live music, and events venue located in the heart of downtown just off the square!

Downtown Facade Improvement Program 

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.

Interested in learning more about the program? Download the 2019 guidelines and application below. The deadline for the 2019 Downtown Facade Improvement Program is April 30th.  Questions? Please contact City Hall at 903.675.5131 or e-mail

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!

Jon Garrett Interview: 2017 Downtown Facade Improvement Program from City of Athens, Texas on Vimeo.


Sharon McCain Interview: 2017 Downtown Facade Improvement Program from City of Athens, Texas on Vimeo.


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More Information

For more information, contact: 

Katie Birk, 
Tourism and Cultural Resources Coordinator

508 E. Tyler St. 
Athens, Texas 75751