Preservation

Thursday, November 7, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

In the midst of preservation push, city permits demolition of church

After the Historic Landmark Commission initiated historic zoning for the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church at 1711 E. Oltorf St. last July, the status of the midcentury, A-frame church became tenuous as its integrity continued to degrade month after month.Finally,…

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Rendon House deemed worthy of preservation due to exceptional merit of its prior owner

Edward Rendon Sr.’s contributions to the East Austin community have never been in question. However, whether or not his house is eligible to be zoned historic to commemorate his efforts has become a subject of debate.Rendon was an activist who…

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic Landmark Commission hesitantly approves Masonic lodge renovation plans

After months of discussions and tweaks to the original plans for the Royal Arch Masonic Lodge, the Historic Landmark Commission finally came to a compromise with designers for a 30-plus-story addition to the 93-year-old ancestral home of the Masons at…

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 by Jack Craver

Court approves Palm School protections but future of property uncertain

The Travis County Commissioners Court easily approved a set of restrictive covenants aimed at preserving the Palm School building if the county sells the property that is home to the historic structure.The court voted 4-1 in favor of a set…

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by Jack Craver

County hears pleas to preserve all of Palm School property

The future of the Palm School property remains unclear after a public hearing where activists implored the Travis County Commissioners Court not to sell any part of the land to a private developer.While the court voted unanimously in June to…

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Texas’ oldest psychiatric facility faces demolition but is eligible to be a historic landmark

This past legislative session, lawmakers identified the Austin State Hospital as a top health care funding priority and set aside $165 million for its refurbishment. Texas Health and Human Services and the University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School…

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