National Register Historic Districts
Williamson County Courthouse Historic District
Georgetown’s “Public Square” has been the commercial and cultural heart of the city ever since the original 52-block grid of uniform lots and blocks that constituted the new village was marked off and offered for sale at a public auction on July 4, 1848. The initial 173-acre townsite has mushroomed in all directions since then, yet the downtown business district retains its vitality, its architectural charm and its symbolic significance. Indeed, Georgetown’s Square represents one of the finest collections of Victorian commercial architecture found in the state today.
Belford Historic District
Named in honor of master builder Charles S. Belford, this National Register Historic District boasts a cohesive grouping of Vernacular, High Style and Popular Style residences. Indeed, the evolution of architectural forms and development patterns in Georgetown from the 1870s to the 1930s are chronicled within the district’s 8-block area. Seventy-three of the district’s 81 structures are at least half a century old. Most were constructed by Belford’s successful and well-reputed Belford Lumber Company. Always insisting on exactness and high quality, Belford himself supervised construction details. Wearing a suit and derby, he made his rounds carrying an umbrella, a piece of chalk and a plumb bob. His versatility and competence as a builder are evident in the varying styles, scale and complexity of the well-crafted Belford buildings which endure today.
Belford Historic District :: 421.814Kb
University Avenue/Elm Street Historic District
During the 1890s, several of the city’s most financially successful and socially prominent families erected large Victorian frame residences in the area which now comprises this National Register district. Built within the span of a few years, the homes were developed on land which had been part of the Thomas P. Hughes ranch. Owners of the two University Avenue homes were Hughes’ daughters and their spouses, while the two Elm Street houses, so similar in style and in fanciful Victorian “gingerbread” detailing, were commissioned by families who were close friends.
University Ave/Elm St. Historic District
Olive Street Historic District
Families moved to Georgetown so their children could receive a higher education. A growing student enrollment provided economic stimulus for the area as the need for lodging, food, and other commercial items increased. Due to its location directly south of the Southwestern University campus, the Olive Street neighborhood developed as residences for those associated with the college as well as business men and their families. Residences along Olive Street convey their connection with education and institutions of higher learning through the professors and university staff that occupied the homes from the 1880’s until present day. The neighborhood further exhibits its significance in architecture as residences represent excellent examples of architectural styles made popular during the first half of the twentieth century, constructed by prominent builders in the region.
Ties to SU and the span of architectural styles make the district unique. Of the 31 properties within the district 18 have a distinct university affiliation – within those properties, 34 persons have contributed to the character of the institution. The 23 contributing properties range in construction dates from 1880 to 1950.
Olive Street Historic District