At the May 10, 2007 ONA General Membership Meeting, the membership voted to adopt the recommendation of the Historic Resources Committee that the neighborhood be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. Below is Committee Chairman John Suggs' report, as well as information about the National Register from the Texas Historical Commission.
Committee Report - John Suggs, Chairman
At the April 26 general
membership meeting, the Historic Resources Committee and I made a recommendation
based on our review of various programs available to preserve and protect
historic neighborhoods like Oakhurst.
Over the last year, we have
studied 5 options for Oakhurst: 1) listing on the National Register of Historic
Places, which provides recognition without restricting in any way a private
owner’s ability to alter, manager, or dispose of a property; 2) a local (City of
Fort Worth) historic district designation with minimal guidelines that would be
easy to follow; 3) a conservation district; 4) an Oakhurst conservation strategy
that would be a planning tool; and 5) using our committee to develop resources
so that individuals or groups of individual property owners could designate
their properties as historic.
After much discussion and thought, our
committee voted to recommend to the ONA general membership that we apply to be
listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are at least 11
National Register Historic Districts in Tarrant County, including 5 residential
districts in Fort Worth (Grand Avenue; Leuda-May; Fairmount; Elizabeth
Boulevard; and Near Southeast). The National Register includes individual
properties and districts which are of local importance, not just great national
landmarks. Additionally, listing in the National Register would ensure
consideration of Oakhurst in the planning process for federal or
federally-assisted projects (such as the I-35 expansion project). Listing in the
National Register could help Oakhurst property owners get the best mitigation
measures possible for additional noise and light brought by the freeway
Learn more about the National Register of Historic Places at
You may also download the complete
Oakhurst Historic District application to the NRHP.