The Near Southside contains the largest concentration of historic buildings in Fort Worth’s central city. Many of those buildings, as well as certain historic neighborhood districts, have been designated by the City Council as historically significant. Designation triggers certain economic incentives as well as the application of certain development restrictions.
The City’s Historic Preservation ordinance is the primary tool for protecting historically significant buildings and encouraging their adaptive reuse. The most substantive designations — “HSE” Highly Significant Endangered and “HC” Historic and Cultural Landmark — offer significant economic incentives for redevelopment. The City’s Historic Preservation Officer (HPO) in the Planning and Development Department administers the ordinance and can answer any questions regarding designation. Please call 817-392-8213 for more information.
Historic Fort Worth, Inc., the local non-profit working to promote historic preservation, has completed an important effort to increase awareness of the district’s history and to promote the reuse of historic buildings. The Tarrant County Historic Resources Survey: Phase III, Fort Worth’s Southside is now available electronically through a generous gift from the Ryan Foundation. We encourage you to browse this well-researched and user-friendly catalog of Southside landmarks.