Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Another house, another fight at the Historic Landmark Commission

Once again, the Historic Landmark Commission was transformed into an ideological battleground. This time, the battle was centered on what ultimately proved to be a fairly uncontroversial landmark designation in the North University neighborhood. The Brundrett-Winkler House, which was built…

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Friday, January 13, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Fighting demolitions, Ebony Acres residents hope city will recognize their history

Spurred by a rash of proposed demolitions, several East Austin citizens are hoping to move forward with a historic district for their neighborhood later this month. Late last year, potential demolitions on Grant Street, E M Franklin Avenue and Pennsylvania…

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Monday, January 9, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Travillion steps up to the plate for Montopolis Negro School compromise

Barely an hour after taking his ceremonial oath of office at his first Travis County Commissioners Court meeting, Commissioner Jeff Travillion took on a big special assignment. At the request of County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, Travillion committed to brokering a…

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Monday, January 9, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Commission says goodbye to would-be east side landmark

Days after City Council adopted the East Austin Historic Resources study in December, the Historic Landmark Commission sent an east side home recommended for historic designation on its way to be demolished. The city’s Historic Preservation Office supported historic zoning…

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

County considers calls to preserve Montopolis Negro School building

A group of activists scurrying to preserve a segregation-era schoolhouse brought their case before the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday. Led by East Austin advocates Fred McGhee and Susana Almanza, the group urged the court to help protect the…

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Midcentury modern demolition brings dysfunction to the fore at Historic Landmark Commission

Ideological tension at the Historic Landmark Commission bubbled to the surface Monday over the proposed demolition of a midcentury modern home built in the 1950s. Commissioners were evenly split on whether to release the demolition permit for the home at…

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Historic zoning debate reaches new heights at BoA

Are brand-new houses just as eligible for historic zoning as older homes? The answer may not surprise you: No, they are not. The fact that this question was the subject of a half-hour discussion at the Board of Adjustment, however,…

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Monday, November 28, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Survey finds a wealth of history in East Austin

At long last, the East Austin Historic Resources Survey is complete and ready for review. The survey covered the area of Austin east of Interstate 35, north of Lady Bird Lake, south of Manor Road and east of Pleasant Valley…

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council sacrifices Old West Austin building for park improvements

A fourplex in Old West Austin is likely to be demolished despite a push by Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo to save it in the name of historic preservation. A resolution put forward by Tovo to initiate historic zoning on…

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