Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

City may initiate demolition-by-neglect case in effort to save I.Q. Hurdle House

For several years, one North Texas company has been stealthily purchasing properties along East 12th Street and now owns nearly four dozen properties between Interstate 35 and Walnut Avenue, according to Travis County property records.One of those properties happens to…

Friday, April 12, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Family dispute over historic zoning comes to Planning Commission for mediation

Five years ago, the property at 1119 East 11th St. was zoned historic in an effort to preserve both the legacy of the Thomas family and their involvement in the East Austin music scene, and an emblematic example of 20th-century…

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Effort to historically zone Texas Supreme Court justice’s house narrowly fails at HLC

A debate over the definition of the word “significant” was the topic du jour at the March 25 meeting of the Historic Landmark Commission.The word’s interpretation came into question because, when it comes to determining whether a home is worthy…

Thursday, March 28, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

HLC accepts demolition of West Lynn home for ‘Tudor mansion’

After last month’s revelation of the design plans for 1602 West Lynn St. left members of the Historic Landmark Commission reeling, the four weeks between then and now allowed the commissioners to begrudgingly accept the previously presented plans and comments from…

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Ramshackle 117-year-old house slated for historic zoning against owner’s wishes

Despite what city staff called the “heartbreaking” condition of a historically contributing structure and an owner’s opposition to historic zoning, the Historic Landmark Commission determined Monday that a 117-year-old home was worth saving.In an effort to preserve one of the…

Thursday, February 28, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Which shingles are the right shingles on a historic structure?

Roofs are pesky. Every 25 years or so they need to be replaced, though not usually with an identical material. Over a quarter-century, technology advances, materials become more environmentally friendly, and roof materials can easily affect a home’s energy efficiency.…

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