City of Richmond Approves Mural Guidelines in the Historic District
Visitors to Richmond’s Historic District may soon be greeted by splashes of color along the street’s notable walls. The City Commission approved mural guidelines for the Historic District at the March Regular Commission Meeting. The guidelines create a review process and set the parameters the outdoor murals must meet before being created. This process involves a public hearing and review by the City of Richmond Historical Commission with final approval by the City Commission.
Murals have become an integral part of many historic downtowns and districts across the state as they represent a form of public art citizens and tourists embrace. Murals have been identified as a tool by preservation experts to generate interest in and support for historic preservation as well as helping build a sense of place in communities. The adopted guidelines allow for building owners in Richmond’s Historic District to create these works of public art.
The City of Richmond’s Historic District, home to buildings dating back to the 1870s, is a uniquely preserved historic area within the Houston region. The City of Richmond has carefully studied best practices utilized throughout the State of Texas, as well as historic communities from other states, to create a policy that best fits the needs of our community and helps to preserve the historic nature of the area. These guidelines primarily focus on location, design, materials, maintenance and application related requirements for murals within the historic district.