These websites give information about historic homes in Fort Worth

A For Sale sign stands in the yard of a home in the Fairmount neighborhood of Fort Worth Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. Fort Worth is home to several historic neighborhoods, with some homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A For Sale sign stands in the yard of a home in the Fairmount neighborhood of Fort Worth Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. Fort Worth is home to several historic neighborhoods, with some homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Since its founding in 1849, Fort Worth has grown from an army outpost to the twelfth largest city in the United States.

Fort Worth is home to several historic districts, including some homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Houses in neighborhoods like the Fairmount-Southside Historic District have become popular places to live in recent years.

A Star-Telegram reader asked how to find more information about his house. Here’s what our Find Out, Fort Worth team found.

Q: “How can I find more details about my historic house and its inhabitants?”

If you own an older home in Fort Worth and want to learn more about its history, the first step is to find out if it has a historic landmark designation.

If a home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it can be found in the National Park Service database. Homes registered as a Texas Historic Landmark are on the Texas Historical Commission website and Fort Worth’s historic homes and neighborhoods can be found using the Fort Worth Zoning and Annexation Map.

By using the Fort Worth zoning and annexation mapresidents can search for their address under the “I Want” search tab and select “Historic Neighborhoods” and “Historic Designations” under the map layers.

If your home is unregistered, there are certain guidelines the structure will need to meet in order to qualify for a historic landmark designation:

  • Age: The property must be at least 50 years old
  • Integrity: The physical characteristics that existed during its period of importance must still be intact
  • Importance: The property must have local, state or national significance associated with significant events or people, its architecture or design, or its potential to provide archaeological information

If your home meets the designation criteria, you can apply for a determining eligibility for the Texas Historical Commission. It takes approximately 30 days for commission staff to review submissions.

Once a bid is deemed eligible, a a draft nomination can be made and is reviewed and edited by the commission in approximately 60 days. When the nomination is ready, it is placed on the agenda of the State Board of Review for presentation before a final submission can be sent to the National Park Service.

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Megan Cardona is a duty reporter at the Star-Telegram, covering politics, government programs, community resources and more to help residents navigate daily life in Tarrant County and North Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2020, where she worked at the campus newspaper, The Shorthorn, for two years.

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