Nacogdoches, Texas Historic Sites Department- The 2011 Historic Preservation Award Winner

Nacogdoches, Texas Historic Sites Department- The 2011 Historic Preservation Award Winner

723 Virginia St was almost uninhabitable before the restoration.

NACOGDOCHES-  Every year, the Nacogdoches Historic Landmark Preservation Committee seeks to honor a local preservationist – someone who has helped to preserve a piece of historic Nacogdoches. The committee examines restoration efforts, which have been completed the previous year, and chooses the project that shows exceptional merit in the field of historic preservation.  This year the committee had a tough decision to make as there were three highly merited projects nominated. Ultimately the Nacogdoches Historic Landmark Preservation Committee chose Ken Lucas for his work at 723 Virginia St. Upon beginning restoration, this property was uninhabitable and close to being torn down.  Mr. Lucas has chosen to invest in our beautiful city and preserve the history of a local landmark, and we are thankful for the time, effort and the striking results of Mr. Lucas and all of our local preservationists!

Within 24 hours of seeing the home and contacting the current owner, the Lucas family had purchased a piece of Nacogdoches’ history. In a quote from Mr. Lucas, he describes the challenging, but rewarding, process of restoring an older house and credits the process to the great advice and support he received from John Anderson, Brian W. Bray and the city inspections Staff.

723 Virginia St after the extensive restoration process, which included a new roof, brick driveway, restoration of original doors and windows, and a new front porch.

“We liked the potential. When I am working on the house, hundreds of people have stopped to look. Some tell me stories about knowing people who lived there, or played there as kids. I have really enjoyed meeting and working with the locals, [and] I am honored to own a piece of history in the oldest town in Texas. Thanks again for this award and all the assistance in getting it done.”

Preserving a home takes patience and perseverance, and the Historic Sites Department would like to thank everyone who is involved in preserving the heritage of Nacogdoches and encourage others to follow in Mr. Lucas’ footsteps by making the effort to create an even better version of our city! If you would like to know more about the Nacogdoches Historic Landmark Preservation Award, please contact the Historic Sites Department at 936-560-4443.

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