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Preservation

Friday, February 17, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Two adjacent East Austin streets, two tales of development

Danny Fowler stands in the middle of his driveway holding a vase full of red flowers. He is taking them to his neighbor, who lives just across the street, over the crest of the steep hill that cuts this East…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Pending demolition highlights need for preservation education

After about three months of discussion, a midcentury modern Rosedale home is officially destined for demolition. When the Historic Landmark Commission last took up the proposed demolition, it proved to be a flashpoint for ongoing intra-commission tension. This time around,…

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Monday, January 30, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Council kicks off process to reform Historic Landmark Commission

City Council on Thursday voted to initiate a code amendment that could make it easier for the Historic Landmark Commission to overrule the wishes of property owners. Mayor Steve Adler overcame his own skepticism to vote for the measure, which…

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

For historic grants program, use-it-or-lose-it process leaves dollars unspent

Historic sites around Austin could be on the receiving end of money from the city’s fast-growing Hotel Occupancy Tax if the advisory body formed to examine how the tax revenue is allocated recommends that City Council relax the application process.…

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Changes coming to Historic Landmark Commission

Mayor Steve Adler went on record at Tuesday’s City Council work session as opposing a loosening of the regulations for the Historic Landmark Commission to begin the process of designating Austin homes as historic. At the same time, Council Member…

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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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