Fort Bend

Rosenberg couple works to preserve historic buildings in fast-growing town

Robert and Cheryl Duran, who own Duran’s Roofing and Remodeling, have helped to repair or remodel about 20 historic buildings in the rapidly growing town southwest of Houston.

Rosenberg Salon Exterior
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Kaleido Hair operates in a historic Rosenberg building that was remodeled by local couple Robert and Cheryl Duran.

The historic city of Rosenberg, about 30 miles southwest of Houston, has been rapidly growing.

From April 2020 to July 2022, Rosenberg's population increased by 6.4 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. At almost 41,000 people as of July 2022, the town has added more than 10,000 residents since 2010.

As the Fort Bend County area tries to balance its past with its future, one local couple is doing their part to preserve its historic buildings.

Robert Duran’s family has lived in Rosenberg for generations, going back to the late 1800s. His ancestors helped build railroads, bringing workers to the area. His wife, Cheryl Duran, moved to the city during her senior year of high school in 1979. She met Robert shortly after and said the two quickly became "inseparable."

Together, they own Duran's Roofing and Remodeling. Robert estimates that they've helped repair or remodel at least 20 historic buildings.

"This property was owned by my great uncles," he said from a salon building his daughter now owns. "They had a service station here."

At one point in his childhood, Robert lived across the street from the building.

The Durans bought the building nine years ago, along with a series of apartments, and fixed up the property.

The couple has also done work on the Rosenberg Railroad Museum and the Moore Home, which is run by the Fort Bend Museum. The Durans converted a former tire shop downtown into an events space and their office. The building was originally built in the 1940s.

Rosenberg Salon Interior
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This salon in a historic building in Rosenberg was restored by Duran’s Roofing and Remodeling.

"The brickwork outside is original to this building," Cheryl said. "So that’s one way we’ve tried to help with keeping the original look and still bring new inspiration to downtown Rosenberg."

When Robert was working on the salon, some offered to help him tear down the property, but he declined. He said his work is driven by a love for the town.

"There’s a lot of value in these kind of buildings," he said. "They’re really built really good. You’re gonna put money in them, but you know, you're keeping history alive."

Over the years, Robert and Cheryl said they've met residents who remember Robert's older family members. The couple said they're doing what they can to preserve history, while also building a future for their children.

"It’s neat to be able to be a part of history, to bring back history," Cheryl said. "And also when you come into downtown Rosenberg ... you get a good sense of the place."