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October 25th, 2008
New signs herald
Hopkins Street
Historic District


Thea Dake, Mayor Susan Narvaiz and John Foreman unveil a sign designating the Hopkins Street Historic District.

From the city of San Marcos

San Marcos City officials unveiled new signs for the Hopkins Street Historic District Friday following designation of the late 19th Century neighborhood earlier this year.

Mayor Susan Narvaiz joined Thea Dake, a member of the Historic Preservation Commission, and John Foreman, Senior Planning Technician, for the unveiling.

The Hopkins Street Historic District was officially designated in March 2008 by the City Council following recommendations by the Historic Preservation Commission and the Planning and Zoning Commission. The district extends along West Hopkins Street from the 500 block to the middle of the 1200 block.

“We are delighted that the Hopkins Street Historic District has been established to recognize the importance of this wonderful neighborhood to the history and the future of San Marcos,” said Mayor Susan Narvaiz.

The homes on Hopkins Street provide a diverse sampling of the housing styles in San Marcos. The most common are folk Victorian and ornate Queen Anne houses from the late Nineteenth Century and the more understated Craftsman bungalows from the early Twentieth.  There are also several impressive Classical Revival homes and a few post-1950 ranch style houses sprinkled throughout the area.

Three properties are on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Augusta Hofheinz House at 1104 Hopkins, the Walter Hofheinz House at 819 and the Fort Street Presbyterian Church at 516 W. Hopkins.

Other historic districts in San Marcos include Belvin Street (1974), San Antonio Street (1982), Downtown (1986), Dunbar (2003), Lindsey-Rogers (2005) and Burleson Street (2005).

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