Preservation

Wednesday, December 23, 2020 by Sean Saldaña

Landmark commission approves former Barton Springs florist shop for demolition

The building at 605 Barton Springs Road has been home to McPhail’s Florist, Austin’s most prominent florist, for decades. But the 92-year-old building may soon be demolished. The flower shop, which ceased operations in 2018, has become – at least…

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 by Sean Saldaña

Landmark commission denies Congress building owner’s request for mural

Last month, the Historic Landmark Commission discussed a proposal to install an eye-catching, soccer-themed mural at 506 Congress Ave. The mural, which would have been completed by the artist Ruben Sánchez, was noteworthy because it would be located near the…

Monday, December 21, 2020 by Sean Saldaña

Historic designation recommended for Delta Kappa Gamma HQ, against owner’s wishes

The Delta Kappa Gamma building at 416 W. 12th St. could be on its way to a historic designation, which, given the home’s long history as headquarters of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, may come as no surprise.  Founded…

Thursday, December 17, 2020 by Jonathan Lee

Council grants historic zoning to Baker School and parking lots

City Council has granted historic zoning to the Baker School property – parking lots and all. No one debated approving the historic landmark designation for the school itself, but the request to include the surrounding parking lots in the variance proved…

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 by Victoria May

Landmark commission ‘reluctantly’ recommends demolition of stone cottage

Members of the Bouldin Creek community are saying goodbye to a stone cottage some residents believed was emblematic of Austin culture. Citing its lack of historical significance, Historic Landmark commissioners reluctantly upheld a motion to demolish the 83-year-old house at…

Monday, December 7, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Planning Commission recommends rezoning part of Baker School property historic, in break with landmark commission

At its Nov. 24 meeting, the Planning Commission voted to zone part of the Baker School property historic, embracing a staff-supported recommendation to omit historic zoning for the surrounding parking lots. The vote represented a break with the position of…

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