Local activities planned for National Preservation Month

Published on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 23:35 - Written by Kelly Gooch, kgooch@tylerpaper.com

Local activities are planned in celebration of National Preservation Month.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation sponsors National Preservation Month each year, and the theme this year is “New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage.”

“The theme is meant to excite current preservation supporters and introduce new audiences to the preservation work that makes our community special,” a news release reads.

In Tyler, there will be an event in honor of the late architect E. Davis Wilcox, said Ginger Haberle, with Historic Tyler, Inc.

She said Wilcox is known for his work with mid-century modern houses, and many of his designs featured flat roofs and long windows. He designed homes and buildings in multiple areas of Tyler, including the Tyler Museum of Art.

The event honoring Wilcox is scheduled for Friday at Martin Walker law firm, formerly the Arcadia Theater, located at 121 N. Spring Ave. The event starts with a social time at 5:30 p.m., and then a program at 6:15 p.m.

Ms. Haberle said architect Jason Jennings will do a presentation on Wilcox, and a Half Mile of History marker for Wilcox will be dedicated. Family members of Wilcox are slated to be on hand for the occasion.

The event will end with several check presentations for Preserve Tyler’s Treasures grant recipients, Ms. Haberle said.

The grants, she said, go toward preservation projects in Tyler.

The event is free and open to the public.

In addition to Friday’s event, a photo contest is planned.

During the contest, which is slated to start in mid-May, participants are asked to identify features of certain historic houses and buildings that are in photos, with the goal of correctly identifying as many as possible, Ms. Haberle said.

She also noted that Wilcox designs will be used for the contest.

“It’s kind of neat because this year the pictures are all over Tyler,” Ms. Haberle said.

The winner receives a membership to Historic Tyler and a $50 cash gift.

More information about the contest will be posted at www.historictyler.org . More information also is available by calling 903-595-1960.