Origin of Monte Vista Historic District
Facing deterioration and developmental intrusion, neighborhood residents formed the Monte Vista Historical Association in 1973 to preserve the community.
Monte Vista was designated a local historic district in 1975, and the historical association sought "to encourage the preservation of the distinctive heritage of the Monte Vista area; to keep the physical identity of this late nineteenth-early twentieth century district intact; and to educate the public, especially the youth, with the knowledge of our inherited neighborhood values which contribute to a wholesome urban environment." The Monte Vista neighborhood was designated a National Register Historic District in 1998.
On October 21, 1998, the Registration Form to nominate the Monte Vista neighborhood for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places was formally submitted to the National Park Service of the United States Department of the Interior by the Texas Historical Commission. On December 10, 1998, the Monte Vista Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, making it the largest historic district in the state of Texas. Critical in the development of the Registration Form was the monumental work done by Sue Ann Pemberton (Architect) and Maria Watson Pfeiffer (Historian) with the assistance of Bruce Jensen, Texas Historical Commission historian. The Registration Form details the history and development of what is now known as the Monte Vista Historic District.
Included in the Registration Form are those structures which contribute to the historic fabric of Monte Vista and are listed with their date of construction as well as architectural style. By making this document available through our website, the Monte Vista Historical Association continues to pursue its mission in educating our community about their history and the need to preserve the historical and architectural nature of the District. Please click on the link below to access the Registration Form.
Antonio V. Garcia
Monte Vista Historical Association