Nearly two years after his death, Bart Truxillo’s impact on the Heights continues to be felt.
It’s still appreciated as well.
Truxillo, who died in April 2017 at age 74, received the Pioneer Award at the 45th Annual Houston Heights Association Volunteer Appreciation & Awards Dinner held Sunday at the Houston Heights City Hall & Fire Station. His niece, Renee Poole, accepted the award from Heights historian and author Anne Sloan.
A champion of historic preservation, Truxillo helped found what is now Preservation Houston and was an inaugural member of the Houston Archaeological and Historic Commission. Former HHA president Bill Baldwin said Truxillo, whose Victorian home at 1802 Harvard St. is on the National Register of Historic Places, also helped create historic districts in the city.
“He truly was the preservationist leader of his time, to not only instill pride in historic preservation but to get policies implemented at the local level,” Baldwin said.
Among the other six awards presented Sunday, The Leader was named Corporate Citizen of the Year.
45TH ANNUAL HOUSTON HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION
VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION & AWARDS DINNER
– Pioneer Award (posthumous): Bart Truxillo, accepted by Renee Poole
– Tireless Champion Award: Jim Bennett, Angela DeWree
– Rising Star Award: Danielle Stewart
– President’s Award: Kevin Chenevert
– Corporate Citizen of the Year: The Leader
– Marcella Perry Award: Aaron Flores
– Citizens of the Year: Sharon Dearman, Heather Williams