While Plano has been recognized as one of today’s most livable cities in the United States, appreciation of heritage and tradition is alive and well in the historic downtown center. It’s the most celebrated example of how the charm and character of days past grace everyday life near Morada’s Downtown Plano apartments.
Plano’s history begins in the early 1840s when Texas was a republic and not a state. Pioneers initially arrived from Kentucky and Tennessee and settled in the prairies, but progress was slow as the newcomers frequently experienced conflict with the native Americans already residing in the area. Growth accelerated in 1846 when William Foreman arrived and build a sawmill and gristmill. Soon after, a store and gin were added, and migration to Plano increased steadily. A great number of the buildings around Morada’s apartments in downtown Plano today were constructed after 1896, when a fire destroyed existing buildings including downtown Plano shops.
Preservation and celebration of heritage and history doesn’t happen by accident. In fact, the Historic Downtown Plano Arts District was established with much hard work and planning. The National Trust for Historic Preservation designated the District in 2016 following the development of an ambitions Arts, Culture and Events Plan by the City of Plano.
Today, the Historic Downtown Plano Arts District is one of the crowning achievements of the area, featuring beloved performance venues, distinctive historic buildings accented by the Commercial Plains style of architecture, imaginative boutiques and independent restaurants. Residents of downtown Plano apartments like Morada and area visitors arriving at the downtown Plano station enjoy strolling along the district’s original brick streets bordered by charming historic storefronts, coffee shops and taverns.
Originally constructed in 1906, the Saigling House exudes the flair of a bygone era with its distinctive architecture at its location in the city’s Haggard Park. The recently renovated house is now the home for the ArtCentre of Plano, offering a gallery and classes, along with impressive space for weddings and downtown Plano events.
The heart of the city isn’t just home for the best restaurants in Plano. It’s also where you’ll find the Interurban Railway Museum, operated by the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation. In addition to celebrating the history of the Texas Electric Railway and the City of Plano, this free museum also invites visitors to explore electricity and science with its interactive exhibits.
For more information about Downtown Plano apartments, call Morada at 972.423.3100 or contact us today!