Ennis’s downtown district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (1986), so its ongoing preservation and development is a delicate balance of past and present, driven by three primary goals:
- To make downtown Ennis a thriving, contemporary business center and community – fiscally and culturally – without losing sight of its storied past.
- To protect, preserve and perpetuate the culture, ethnicity, history, heritage and architecture represented by Ennis’ historic districts and landmarks.
- To ensure that the objectives of Ennis’ Historic Preservation Mission and all governmental regulations are met through readily accessible resources and information.
There are several incentive programs available to help promote historic preservation and revitalization activities in the downtown district of Ennis, and each program has specific qualification and eligibility criteria.
Provided below is a wealth of property listings, photos, links, maps and information on local, state and national preservation requirements and guidelines.
- Historic Property Listing (2017)
- Certified Local Government Four Year Report 2016
- Ordinance 89-4-6 (Creating the Historic Landmark Commission)
- Ordinance 94-2-1 (Creating the Historic Reinvestment Tax Refund Program)
- Ordinance 97-11-3 (Creating the "Ennis Historic Residential District #1" aka Templeton-McCanless District)
- Summary of National Register and Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks in Ennis (2016)