Café Texan Wins Texas Downtown Restoration Award

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Huntsville Celebrates Café Texan History Museum & Library’s Prestigious 2023 Honor

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Last month, at the prestigious Texas Downtown President’s Awards Gala held in Nacogdoches, the Café Texan History Museum & Library was awarded the honor of the Best Rehabilitation/Restoration for 2023 by the Texas Downtown Association.

Owners Vance and Karen Howard have lovingly restored the Café Texan, not only preserving a piece of Huntsville’s history but also providing a vibrant community space as a museum and library. The award represents not only a personal triumph for the Howards but also a significant acknowledgment for the town of Huntsville.

Savanah Davis, Museum Curator at The Café Texan History Museum & Library, expressed her delight at the recognition. “It’s a tribute to everyone who poured their heart and soul into this project,” Davis said. “We wanted to honor the Café’s past while creating a resource for the future. This award feels like a validation of all that hard work.”

The Café Texan has become a cherished landmark in downtown Huntsville over the years, inviting both locals and visitors to delve into the rich tapestry of Texas history while surrounded by a restored environment that echoes the stories of yesteryears.

This prestigious award from the Texas Downtown Association is more than just a plaque or certificate; it’s a spotlight on the importance of historical preservation and the impact it can have on a community. Huntsville has undoubtedly been brought closer together by this accomplishment, celebrating its heritage and the Howard’s vision of bringing the past forward.

The Texas Downtown Association annually recognizes outstanding projects, places, and people of Texas downtowns and is committed to supporting the economic vitality and preservation of these community treasures.

For more information on the Café Texan History Museum & Library and its programs, visit their website at

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