Historic Preservation

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The Mansfield City Council and the Historic Landmark Commission are committed to the preservation of Mansfield’s heritage, that of the rural community it once was and the modern city that it has become. The Mansfield Historic Preservation Program encourages the protection of the historic buildings and spaces that tell our story.

The Historic Landmark Commission makes recommendations to the City Council on the designation of historic sites or districts in Mansfield. The commission also acts and assists the council in formulating design guidelines and other supplemental materials relevant to the historic preservation or design review. 

WHAT MAKES A PROPERTY HISTORIC?

Historic properties have a special character, historical or cultural interest and represent a period or style of architecture typical of the different eras in Mansfield’s history.

To be considered historic, a property must be at least 50 years old. But it is not just age that matters. The property must also retain its historic physical integrity. In the case of a building, character-defining features relative to its significance must still be present.

Finally, the property must have historic significance. Significance may be through association with individuals or events that shaped Mansfield’s history or through buildings or structures that embody distinctive historical architectural elements.

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PRESERVATION NEWS

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HISTORIC MANSFIELD PRESERVATION PLAN 

We need your help with an update to Mansfield's Preservation Plan!

The historic preservation plan establishes the community's vision, goals, and priorities for the preservation of its historic resources. The preservation plan is a city planning document that will guide the city’s historic preservation program and provide a roadmap to achieving its goals.

The city's original Preservation Plan was prepared in 1999. In the last 25 years, Mansfield has seen tremendous growth city-wide. Historic Downtown Mansfield is experiencing new development, with all the impact that has on the City’s historic resources. 

The Mansfield Historic Landmark Commission is working to update and modernize the preservation program for today’s challenges. As part of the process, the Commission wants to hear your ideas and perceptions on historic preservation in Mansfield. 

We've posted a survey to gauge the community's view of preservation issues. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by clicking here.  The survey closes on March 8, 2024.

Your responses will help the Commission develop the recommendations in the preservation plan to ensure that our historic resources are preserved now and for future generations.

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LOOKING FOR A PLACE IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN MANSFIELD?

Look no further than our page on downtowntx.org. This site, sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission, lists historic properties for sale or lease in downtown Mansfield. You'll also find information on other historic properties downtown.

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Historic Properties Map

Explore our map of historic landmarks and recognized properties to learn more about the places and people of Mansfield. Just click on the image to the right to get started.


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MAN HOUSE RESTORATION COMPLETED

The restoration is complete and the Man House Museum opened on December 12, 2020. The Museum is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10AM to 4PM. If you aren't able to visit in person right now, this 360- tour shows some of the Museum's collection. There's a lot more to see at the Museum, so plan a visit.

Begun in 1865, the R.S. Man House, built by Mansfield co-founder Ralph Man, is located just west of Historic Downtown Mansfield on Broad Street. The Man House Museum provides visitors with a glimpse of what life was like in Mansfield in the late 1800s.

The current project included the restoration of the house and barn, also built in 1865. Future work will include the construction of an information center and an outdoor amphitheater, as well as the addition of some smaller historical structures. The information center will be completed in 2021.

Take a 360-tour of the Man House during the reconstruction.

360-tours courtesy of HPO360.

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HISTORIC MANSFIELD

Historic Mansfield videos highlight the stories of the buildings, people and events that shaped our city’s history.

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THIS IS US:  A Mansfield History Project


Historic preservation is more than just the places and events important to the City’s past. It’s also about the experiences of the people who live here.  We want to know YOUR stories about life in Mansfield.  Tell us about your experiences growing up, going to school, working or simply living here.  Write your story and submit it in one of the following ways:

1. Drop your story off in person at the Planning Department at City Hall, the Mansfield Public Library or the Mansfield Historical Museum.*

2. Send your story by mail or e-mail your story to the Historic Preservation Officer or Mansfield Historical Museum and Heritage Center.*

3. Submit your story online through the City's website

*For in-person, mail or emailed stories, please include the "This Is Us" submittal form.

Arlington Today - This Is Us Article

Check out this article on our This is Us program in Arlington Today! Please consider sharing your stories. We want you to be a part of our record of the history being made today.  Read the article here..


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Historic Landmark Commission Annual Report

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