On March 11, 1999, City Council adopted Ordinance Number 99-14 creating the Landmark Designation process. In accordance with the ordinance, a property requesting designation must meet certain criteria.
Additionally, the designation is considered a change of zoning for the property, and therefore is treated as such. Change of zoning requests are reviewed by Planning Commission and the final decision is made by City Council.
As per the Landmark Ordinance, the following criteria were taken into consideration during the review process:
- A structure, object, site, or building being considered for designation as a historic landmark must be at least 50 years old.
- Association, of the structure, with events that have made significant contribution to the broad patterns of local, regional, state, or national history.
- Association, of the structure, with the lives of people significant in the city, region, state, or national past.
- Distinctive characteristics, of the structure, of a period or method of construction, architecture; representative of the work of a master designer, builder, or craftsmen.
- Recognition of the structure as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, National Historic Landmark, or entered into the National Register of Historic Places.
- The character, interest, or value of the structure as part of the development, heritage, or cultural characteristics of the City of Galveston, Galveston County, the State of Texas, or the United States.
- The structure's representation of an established and familiar visual feature of a neighborhood, community, or city.