Heritage Square is developed around recapturing the original courthouse square and bringing it back to its former status as the focal point for the entire community with a vibrant livable future.
Potential economic growth within the downtown area over the next 20 years could include multi-story mixed use buildings with loft style living accommodations, small tenant retail space, new office and restaurant space.
Tell us about your favorite aspect of the historical downtown district or submit a picture of what you hope to see. The Heritage Square forum is an opportunity for the public to provide input for downtown.
Heritage Square is a concept developed around recapturing the original courthouse square and bringing it back to its former status as the focal point for the entire community. For years the square hosted major public events that provided the context for downtown shopping and socialization. While much of the downtown luster changed as roadway designs were adjusted, the desire for a usable and livable downtown never changed. Heritage Square saves the heritage, history and culture of Weatherford.
The original downtown square (Pictures Right) was based on county roads that brought local agricultural products to Weatherford. In the early 1900’s State Highway #1 (also known as the Bankhead transcontinental route) was established, later to become Highway 80 and then 180. It had major volumes of through automobile and truck traffic because it was one of the premier routes across Texas and the nation. Circulation around the downtown square was modified in the late 40’s to accommodate the increase of truck traffic on US Highway 180 and again in the late 60’s to accommodate increased truck volumes on Highway 51. These changes effectively separated the downtown square into five islands (the four quadrants and the isolated Parker County Court House).