This list gives snapshots of progress that Beaumont Main Street has made over its history.
Awards Recognizing Beaumont Main Street
Texas Downtown Association:
2001: Classic Film Festival, Texas' Best Promotional Event
2003: Spindletop Restaurant, Texas' Best Rehabilitation
2003: Hotel Beaumont, Texas' Best Restoration
2004: Beaumont Main Street, Best Downtown Marketing Program
2004: Jefferson Theatre, Texas' Best Restoration.
2004: Sally Loveland, Volunteer, named Downtowner of the Year
2006: Coale Building - Suga's Deep South Cuisine, Best Rehabilitation Honorable Mention.
2012: Carolyn M. Howard, Executive Director, awarded the Susan H. Cambell Award
2013: REcreate, Best Downtown Partnership.
2013: DOG-tober Fest, Best Downtown Promotional Event
2004: Hotel Beaumont, Texas' Best Restoration
East Texas Historical Association:
2007: Jefferson Theatre, Lucille Terry Preservation Award
Beaumont is recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a National Main Street City. We report monthy to the National Trust and the Texas Main Street Center on our progress, and are scored each year in order to retain our standing a Main Street City. Beaumont Main Street has consistently held high marks in its nearly twenty-five year history. We are southeast Texas' only organization that is affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Texas Historical Commission.
Beaumont Main Street partnered with the Jefferson Theatre Preservation Society to raise $6.5 million to save the Historic Jefferson Theatre. The structure continues to be one of Beaumont's premier venues.
Beaumont Main Street assisted with attracting the National Development Council to purchase and restore the Hotel Beaumont. Beaumont Main Street raised over one million dollars to restore public areas in the building.
Our Save & Secure program has saved a historic home near downtown. The Langham House, once at 1561 Park, is now secured and taken care of by a loving owner. This program has determined our priority buildings, in other words, buildings that need attention sooner than others.
Beaumont Main Street held 8 film festivals in the past 12 years which have attracted thousands of visitors the Jefferson Theatre.
DOG-tober Fest each October draws over two thousand citizens to downtown to pamper their furry friend. Three Dog-tober Fest's have had an ancillary event named "Yappy Hour", which recognizes sponsors and is open to the public.
Our Annual Meeting informs the public and members of Beaumont Main Street one what's happening in downtown. Each year the meeting is held in a different venue, showcasing the many beautiful buildings in downtown.
Beaumont Main Street has used our revolving loan fund to assist over a dozen entities to restore or partially upgrade their buildings at a total of over $1,000,000 in investments. A prime example would be the White building on the corner of Trinity and Forsyth. Beaumont Main Street lent a low interest loan for the restoration of building into lofts, which saved the building from demolition. Other buildings saved with our loan pool are the Santa Fe Depot and the Danna Building, among others. These restorations not only secure the building, but increase property values and assist business.
Beaumont Main Street fields developers on a constant basis. Interested parties often contact the Beaumont Main Street office for information on buildings. We assist with either giving them information needed or directing them to appropriate owners or realtors.
We assist with attaining historic tax credits for building renovations. Federal and state tax rebates for restoring historic buildings are near fifty percent. We work to make sure that owners and developers know of this enticement. The Coale Building, now Suga's, is an excellent example of a building that used historic tax credits to help with restoration costs. Downtown Beaumont is home to seven buildings that have used historic tax credits - more than any other city of relative size in the South.
We assist with architectural renderings of buildings, which is a service provided by our parent organization, the Texas Historical Commission.
We consistently promote downtown business with our website and social media platforms.