Preservation

Monday, August 10, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic Landmark Commission initiates historic zoning for ‘Air Temp’ home

In an effort to avoid the loss of one of the first homes in Austin to feature air conditioning, the Historic Landmark Commission voted at its July 27 meeting to initiate the historic zoning process for the “Air Temp” home…

Monday, August 3, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

East Austin historic district application receives support from Historic Landmark Commission

Austin is well on its way to getting its second historic district on the east side. The Rogers-Washington-Holy Cross neighborhood, which is roughly bounded by East 21st Street and East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Cedar and Chestnut avenues,…

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

HLC wants further scrutiny of home in the ‘Air-Conditioned Village’

Seventy years ago, 22 homes in Northwest Austin served as the test case for bringing central air conditioning to the middle classes. Today only 15 of those homes remain standing, with one more proposed for demolition. The midcentury modern home…

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic Landmark Commission once again denies development proposal for Parker House

The family-owned Parker House sits on a 0.32-acre tract of land in West Campus that is worth $1.7 million. In an effort to preserve the historic home at 2404 Rio Grande St. and also develop the back portion of the…

Monday, May 11, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Scarbrough Building narrowly avoids losing tax relief status

The historic Scarbrough Building had a close call with its tax abatement status when the Historic Landmark Commission voted unanimously at its April 27 meeting to remove its eligibility status. When the Velvet Taco restaurant opened a new outdoor seating…

Monday, May 4, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic Landmark Commission looks to save Rainey Street’s Bungalow

For years, 90-92 Rainey St. has been home to the Bungalow and the Container Bar, but those two nightlife fixtures could soon be replaced with a 53-floor high rise. However, the Historic Landmark Commission did not greet the project with…

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