Making life easier for preservation people since 2007

Here at McDoux Preservation, we’re all about helping you achieve your goals. Whether you’re in the public, private, or nonprofit sector, we understand where you’re coming from and the types of challenges you face. Our data-driven, community-driven approach results in outstanding products that help you be more effective and make you look good.

While we have broad experience in historic preservation, our practice currently focuses on  qualitative and quantitative research and data analysis, updating ordinances and design guidelines, and historic documentation for the National Register of Historic Places and other state and local designations. Want more details? Check out our Services.

Principal consultant Steph McDougal and  associate Jenn Beggs are an efficient, effective team, and we partner with top colleagues to assemble the best-qualified, right-sized teams for your particular project. Learn more about our team and our partners on the About page.

McDoux is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA).

Since 2007, McDoux has worked across Texas and the United States. Many of our clients are repeat customers, in some cases for a decade or more. That’s because we’re easy to work with and dependable, we turn in great work, and we anticipate what you will need to get your project approved or adopted and build every project with that in mind. See who we’ve worked with and what they have to say about us in our Portfolio.

Ready to have a conversation? We’d love to get to know you and learn how we can serve in support of your goals. Contact us via email or phone to get started.


Looking for something that we don’t offer?

For tax credit projects, we recommend Macrostie Historic Advisors.

For historic resource survey projects and Section 106 compliance, we recommend Cox McLain Environmental Consultants (now Stantec).

For structural engineering and anything involving historic masonry, we recommend Gordon Shepperd at Apollo BBC.

For paint conservation and analysis, we recommend Jhonny Langer at SOURCE History.


Steph McDougal

Steph McDougal founded McDoux Preservation LLC in 2007 after moving from Ohio to Texas, earning an MSHP at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, and refocusing her existing consulting practice from training and performance improvement to historic preservation. Since then Steph — occasionally with other team members — has developed a broad portfolio of work and a reputation for excellence in historiography, research and data analysis, planning, creative problem-solving, community engagement, and generally figuring out what the story is and how to tell it.

Steph also holds a B.A. in Organizational Communications and a Master of Technical and Scientific Communication, both from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and she is pursuing a PhD in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University. Steph’s major field is the history of the Jim Crow South, and her dissertation focuses on strategies for pursuing equitable treatment of city-owned African American cemeteries.

Jenn Beggs

From spring 2019 through summer 2021, McDoux was a slightly larger team, but we’ve scaled down once again to a lean, efficient and effective duo. Jennifer Beggs joined McDoux in July 2020, transitioning into historic preservation after a 25-year career in hospitality that was ended by the COVID-19 pandemic. Jenn holds a Bachelor of Music, Music Performance and Music History, from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and has studied musicology and acting in the Master of Fine Arts program at the City University of New York at Brooklyn College. She is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in historic preservation from the University of Kentucky.

McDoux, a woman-owned business, is registered with the State of Texas as a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB).


Here at McDoux, we’ve done a lot of different kinds of historic preservation projects over the years. So many!

Today, we’ve generally narrowed our focus to the following professional services, for which we offer standard pricing. However, we’re always open to discussing fun projects with nice people, so if you are interested in working with us on something else, let us know.

Design Guidelines: Migrate existing guidelines to full-color digital format.
No new regulations included for this price; if you need to update or develop new design guidelines, we’ll be happy to provide you with a customized proposal.
Option 1: City supplies all requested detail photos of historic district
Option 2: McDoux makes one trip, collects local photos

National Register of Historic Places
Option 1: Part 1/A tax credit application
Option 2: Individual property nomination
Option 3: Historic district nomination, based on existing up-to-date survey
Option 4: Multiple Property Submission (excluding first nomination)

Research and Data Analysis
Option 1: Best practice research and program/policy recommendations
Option 2: Community opinion survey (client supplies questions)
Option 3: 20 stakeholder interviews, includes questionnaire design and analysis
Option 4: 20 stakeholder interviews + community opinion survey

Preservation Plan, Strategic Plan, or Cemetery Vision Plan
Includes analysis of current conditions, qualitative and quantitative research and analysis to establish goals, draft Plan with two rounds of revision, three community meetings, three meetings with commissions/Council/Board, and one additional round of revisions before delivering final products
Prices shown above are current as of 1/1/2022 and are subject to change based on Client requests for customization. Some travel is included.


We’re pleased to present this list of our current and past work.


Longhorn Ballroom, Dallas, Texas, National Register of Historic Places, in progress

Plaza Theater, Vernon, Texas, National Register of Historic Places, in progress

Cisneros House, Corpus Christi, Texas. National Register of Historic Places (co-author with Dr. Isabel Araiza), in progress

Evergreen Cemetery, Austin, Texas. National Register of Historic Places, in progress

Eldorado Ballroom, Houston, Texas. National Register of Historic Places (co-author with Macrostie Historic Advisors), 2022

McDaniel Street Cemetery, Houston, Texas. Historic Texas Cemetery designation, 2021.

Bayou Brae Historic District, League City, Texas. National Register of Historic Places (first 1960s subdivision to be listed in the State of Texas), completed by high school intern John Falavolito under Steph McDougal’s supervision, 2021

Old Bayview Cemetery, Corpus Christi, Texas. National Register of Historic Places, 2020

Gage Hotel, Marathon, Texas. National Register of Historic Places, 2020

Park-to-Park Residential Historic District, Fort Madison, Iowa. National Register of Historic Places, 2014

Eldorado Ballroom, Third Ward, Houston, Texas. State historical marker (co-author with Harris County Historical Commission), 2014

Downtown Round Rock, Texas. State historical marker, 2010

Emancipation Park, Third Ward, Houston, Texas. State historical marker, 2009

First Evangelical Church, Houston, Texas. City Protected Landmark designation, 2009

Richardson House, Houston, Texas. City Protected Landmark designation, 2008

Emancipation Park, Third Ward, Houston, Texas. City Protected Landmark designation, 2007

Commercial Historic District, Eagle Lake, Texas. National Register of Historic Places, 2007


Handmade grave markers in 20th century African American cemeteries, in progress

African American History in Conway, Arkansas, 2021


1956 Gulf service station, Goldthwaite, Texas. Historical Resource Survey Report prepared as part of Section 106 process for Texas Department of Transportation (subconsultant to Cox McLain Environmental Consulting, Austin, Texas), 2021

Pump Station/Waterworks Tank #2, City of Galveston, Texas. Historical report prepared as Section 106 mitigation (subconsultant to Cox McLain Environmental Consulting, Austin, Texas), 2018

Marks L7 Ranch, Houston, Texas. Interpretive signage prepared as Section 106 mitigation, 2012

Union Pacific Railroad Bridge 15.6, Freeport, Texas. Section 106 facilitation and Memorandum of Agreement prepared for Union Pacific Railroad. Mitigation included historical report, photography, videography and a working model of the bridge for the City of Freeport’s historical museum, 2010

Union Pacific Railroad Bridge 207.0, Vidaurri, Texas. Historical report prepared as mitigation (subconsultant to Bailey Architects, Houston, Texas), 2008

Union Pacific Railroad Bridge 184.80, Refugio, Texas. Historical report prepared as mitigation (subconsultant to Bailey Architects, Houston, Texas), 2007


The Hill Neighborhood, Sugar Land, Texas, conservation district design standards, 2020–2021

City of Houston, Texas: Houston Heights Historic Districts East, West, and South, 2015–2018; High First Ward Historic District, 2014; Starkweather Historic District, 2014; Germantown Historic District, 2013


City of Marathon, Texas: reconnaissance survey of entire unincorporated town, 2021–2022

City of Paris, Texas: Pine Bluff-Markham Historic District (survey update), 2021

City of Paris, Texas: Downtown Commercial Historic District (survey update), 2020

City of Belton, Texas: Downtown Historic District, Central Historic District North Central Historic District, Leon Heights Historic District, and South Pearl Historic District, 2012

City of Round Rock, Texas: Downtown Master Plan area, Phase I and Phase II, 2010–2011


City of Houston, Texas: Historic Preservation Manual (web content), 2010

City of Round Rock, Texas: Preservation Education program, 2009: “Places and Spaces That Matter” community photo contest, traveling exhibit, and open house during Preservation Month; brochures for City preservation program and tax exemption program; Interpretive signage for downtown buildings; re-launched Local Legends Awards; state marker for downtown historic district; presentation for area Realtors; monthly press releases; “Preservation Minute” interstitial videos for local cable access channel:


City of Belton, Texas: Historic Preservation ordinance (existing), ordinance revisions and commission training, 2012

City of Round Rock, Texas: Historic landmark relocation ordinance, 2012; landmark and historic district designation application and process revisions, 2013


Texas Historical Commission: Cemetery Preservation Program evaluation, 2018–2019

City of Austin, Texas: Historic façade improvement feasibility analysis, 2018–2019

City of Belton, Texas: Tax exemption program (new), research, recommendations, and draft language, 2016


Town of Wake Forest, North Carolina, historic preservation plan (subconsultant to Cox McLain Environmental Consulting/Stantec, in progress)

City of Corpus Christi, Texas, historic preservation plan, 2020–2021

Texas Dance Hall Preservation, long-range strategic plan and annual workplans, 2017–2018

Museums United/Council of State Museum Associations, business startup/financial plan, 2015–2017

City of Austin, Texas, Historic Cemeteries Vision Plan, 2013–2015

Preserve Arkansas, long-range planning and implementation guide, 2013–2015

Historic Houston, strategic plan, 2007–2008


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