Historic Downtown Elgin

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.
  • 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.