The Galveston City Council recognized the importance of protecting historical areas by providing for “Historical” zoning districts in the late 1960s. The “Historical” zoning district not only required review of exterior alterations but also changed the underlying land use zoning. The Galveston Historical Foundation subsequently led the effort to study and begin recording the historically significant architecture remaining in the city. The final result was the creation of a Development Plan for Historical Zoning and adoption by the City Council of a Historical Zoning District Ordinance in the summer of 1970.
The Historic District Review board was created by the City to oversee projects within the residential districts. All projects were reviewed for conformance with the Historical District Guide, which was cre-ated in 1972. The grant provided for a comprehensive study of the historic area and development of a guide for the administration of the Historical District Ordinance.