Gregory W. Smith

Lecturer

Gregory Smith is the National Register Coordinator for the Texas Historical Commission, where he has worked as a historian since 1996. In addition to overseeing the National Register program, he reviews federal and state rehabilitation tax credit applications, and participates in the Section 106 review process. In his time as program coordinator, the NPS has approved over 850 National Register nominations in Texas, including many for large historic districts.

Gregory’s primary preservation-related interest is in expanding the variety of designated historic properties in Texas and exploring new strategies to list properties not previously considered eligible. Such projects include nominations for a reconstructed African American high school stadium (Anderson Stadium, Austin), Jim Crow Era nightclubs owned and operated by Hispanic and African American entrepreneurs (Galvan Ballroom, Corpus Christi and the Eldorado Ballroom, Houston), the rehabilitated buildings of artist Donald Judd (Central Marfa Historic District), and a large and dynamic urban neighborhood on the U.S.-Mexico border (Segundo Barrio, El Paso).

EDUCATION

  • B.A. Art History, SUNY University at Buffalo
  • M.A. History with Museum Studies Certificate, University of Delaware
Greg Smith
AREAS OF INTEREST
  • Expanding the Parameters of Historic Preservation in Texas to:
  • Underrepresented Communities
  • Vernacular Architecture
  • Popular Culture
COURSES TAUGHT

National Register of Historic Places (Historic Sites Documentation)

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