Wednesday, October 6, 2021 by Andrew Logan

Can the Dry Creek Café be saved?

Austin realtor Sherry LeBlanc was devastated when she found out the Dry Creek Café & Boat Dock was set to close its doors on Oct. 31. The historic watering hole was “more of a community than a bar” for her…

Monday, October 4, 2021 by Kali Bramble

Demolition on San Marcos Street postponed as neighbors resist redevelopment in East Austin

Opinions clashed over the fate of two cottages at 82 San Marcos St. last Monday, as the Historic Landmark Commission evaluated an application for their demolition. The two homes, built in 1941, are located in the Willow-Spence National Register Historic…

Thursday, September 30, 2021 by Kali Bramble

Clarksville demolition cases reveal challenges faced by preservationists

The Historic Landmark Commission grappled with its own limitations this past Monday as it oversaw the outcome of two Clarksville demolition cases with palpable disappointment. The two homes, located at 1805 Waterston Ave. and 1104 Toyath St., are both contributing…

Friday, September 24, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Dilapidated Congress Avenue buildings move one step closer to reconstruction

After a yearslong saga, the owner of three run-down buildings at 907, 909 and 911 Congress Avenue will finally be able to reconstruct the buildings’ facades.  On Sept. 14, the Planning Commission overruled a decision by the Historic Landmark Commission…

Thursday, September 16, 2021 by Elizabeth Pagano

New supermajority law for historic districts now in effect

The already tough task of creating historic districts in Austin just got a little harder, thanks to new state laws.  In 2019, the Texas Legislature changed the rules governing the designation of historic landmarks by requiring a supermajority of the Historic…

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 by Elizabeth Pagano

Fire destroys log cabin and preservation hopes

Plans to reconstruct and relocate a 19th-century log cabin at 5613 Patton Ranch Road are now moot after a fire destroyed the property. “We’ve reviewed the fire report and the cabin is a total loss,” Historic Preservation Officer Steve Sadowsky explained…

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