City of Paris, TX
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Historic Preservation
Historic Preservation
Cheri Bedford
Historic Preservation Officer

150 SE 1st St.
Paris, TX  75461

Phone 903-784-9293
Fax 903-784-1798

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The City Of Paris is fortunate enough to have two (2) Distinctive Historic Districts. The first is the Downtown Business Historic District established on June 5, 2003; and the residential Church Street Historic District established on August 5, 2004.

The City of Paris has been able to preserve their building environment and at the same time expand as a modern community. Paris is among those fortunate few, to not only survive but preserve its civic character through fires, tornadoes, the Depression in the 30’s and the urban movement of the 40’s and 50’s.

With all this in mind the City Council for the City of Paris on June 17, 2002 established the Historic Preservation Ordinance. Its purpose was to:
(a) Protect and enhance the districts and landmarks which represent distinctive elements of Paris's historic, architectural, and cultural heritage;(b) Foster civic pride in accomplishments of the past;
(c) Protect and enhance Paris's attractiveness to visitors and the support and stimulus to the economy thereby provided;
(d) Insure the orderly, efficient, and appropriate growth and development of Paris;
(e) Promote economic stability and prosperity of the community by encouraging the most appropriate use of such significant property in Paris; and
(f) Stabilize and improve property values

The Historic Preservation Commission consists of seven (7) members and is comprised of an:

• Architect, planner or design professional
• Member of the Main Street Board
• Owner of or resident or tenant in a landmark property or property in a historic district
• Member of a local historical society
• Three at large members 

It is our goal here at the City of Paris to support and nurture all who live and work in the Historic District. Providing help and technical advice to individuals as they protect, preserve and promote their properties. Thank You for your commitment to preservation.


  • Certificate of Appropriateness Application
  • Design Standards in Historic Districts
  • Facade Grant Application
  • Tax Exemption Application 
  • Tax Exemption Application, New Residential Construction 
  • Tax Exemption Application, Rehabilitation 

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