The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions published an article by Steph McDougal on administrative review of Certificates of Appropriateness, in the September-October 2012 issue of The Alliance Review.
The Temple Daily Telegram (March 28, 2012) published news of McDoux’s contract to help the City of Belton amend its historic preservation ordinance and re-survey its historic districts.
In 2011, the National Trust for Historic Preservation highlighted McDoux’s blog in a post of their own, “Ten Ways to Make Blogs Work for You.” Thanks, Priya and NTHP!
Our friends in Ballinger completed their fundraising for the new version of Friend the Indian in June 2011. Congratulations! You can read all about the project here. McDoux was pleased to help teacher Cinnamon Carter and the Class of 2015 reach their goal.
McDoux was pleased to work with the University of Texas at Austin’s Architecture and Planning Library in Summer 2010 to help fund the processing of its collection of Southern Architect and Building News. Our gift to the Library funded a summer intern, who developed a process for indexing the collection. You can read all about it here.
Steph was invited to write an article about the Galveston Arts Center’s Save America’s Treasures-funded restoration project for the National Trust’s “This Treasure Matters” series back in April, 2010. A shorter version was also published through Gozaic, the National Trust’s Heritage Travel website.
We got a nice mention in the March 2010 issue of Houston’s PaperCity magazine and contributed to their article about Galveston and the Galveston Arts Center’s revival after Hurricane Ike.
After successfully completing the City of Round Rock’s Preservation Education and Awareness Program, McDoux was engaged to update the City’s historic resources survey as part of the development of its new Downtown Master Plan.
“Round Rock to Update Historic Resources Survey” (Round Rock Leader, March 10, 2010)
Galveston Arts Center was one of only nine projects to receive a Texas Preservation Trust Fund grant in 2009. Both the grant application and the press release were written by McDoux, which managed the grant award and reporting requirements for the Arts Center.
“GAC Earns $30K Grant” (Galveston Daily News, December 21, 2009)
We were pleased to help the Ballinger Class of 2015 and the Friends of the Ballinger Indian Statue promote their project to replace a long-lost Indian statue (originally a promotional gimmick used by the Wirt-Franklin Oil Company in the 1920s to get gas station owners to sell their products). Steph also worked with teacher Cinnamon Carter to establish the Friends group and secure grants totalling $10,000 of the nearly $50,000 needed to complete the project. In addition to the link below, this project was featured in the Society for Commercial Archaeology’s Summer 2009 “Road Notes” newsletter.
“Ballinger’s Friend to Return (Texas History Blog, September 2, 2009)
One of McDoux’s ongoing pro bono projects involves helping SPJST Lodge 14 in Buckholts, Texas, plan and raise funds for the restoration of their historic octagonal dance hall. The hall was designated as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 2009. At that time, Steph McDougal was a member of the Board of Directors of Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Inc., a non-profit organization that she co-founded, along with Patrick Sparks and Steve Dean.
Buckholts SPJST Gets Top Marker (Rockdale Reporter, July 31, 2009)
Steph was quoted in this article about the Cast Iron Architecture on The Strand in Galveston, Texas, when it was named to the National Trust’s 11 Most Endangered Places list in 2009. Unfortunately, the article mischaracterized McDoux’s involvement — we’re not “handling the restoration project”, just helping to raise the money that makes the project possible — and the headline is also misleading, since The Strand as a district has been a National Historic Landmark since the 1970s. But Harvey Rice is awesome and we appreciate the Chronicle’s coverage!
Ike-Damaged Landmarks Get Historic Status in Galveston (Houston Chronicle, April 28, 2009)
McDoux developed a training class for the Williamson County Association of Realtors, in partnership with Joelle Jordan, senior planner for the City of Round Rock, Texas. The class introduced area Realtors to the basics of historic preservation and the preservation programs administered by the City. It was part of the Preservation Education and Awareness Program.
“Realtors, City Discuss Preservation” (Round Rock Leader, April 15, 2009)
McDoux was engaged to help the City of Round Rock, Texas, develop a year-long Preservation Education and Awareness Program funded in part by a Certified Local Government grant.
“Grant to Power New City Historic Preservation Program” (Round Rock Leader, March 2, 2009)