Tag Archives: historic preservation

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

City offers info sessions for next round of historic preservation grants

The city has opened the application process for the latest round of grants to aid in the preservation of historic structures that can promote cultural tourism throughout Austin.With a May 1 deadline looming, the Heritage Tourism Division has scheduled the…

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Republic Square Salt & Time sign takes more time

Republic Square is one of the original squares in the city of Austin, but it has long been an underutilized spot in the city center. In an effort to activate the space, the city has worked for the past few…

Friday, January 24, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Rendon house denied historic preservation zoning

The East Austin home of the late Edward Rendon Sr. will not be getting the historic zoning designation desired by some members of the Rendon family.If granted, the designation would have halted the plans of Rose Rubio, a majority owner…

Thursday, January 16, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Planning Commission recommends Rendon house for historic zoning over owner’s wishes

The Planning Commission took another step Jan. 14 to pave the way for historic zoning for the home of the late Edward Rendon Sr. despite continued opposition from one of Rendon’s 16 heirs.With a vote in favor of historic zoning,…

Monday, January 13, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Historic Preservation

On this week’s edition of Austin Monitor Radio, we check in on the current state of historic preservation with Cara Bertron, the city’s deputy historic preservation officer. Monitor reporter Jessi Devenyns and editor Elizabeth Pagano sit down with Bertron to…

Monday, January 6, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Parks department staff occupy and transform a historic home in South Austin

A rare and intact example of a mid-1860s rural Travis County residence sits at 10140 Old San Antonio Road. After years of neglect, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department has taken over stewardship of the property and installed an administrative…

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

West Campus home fails to receive required votes for historic designation

The Historic Landmark Commission recently recommended historic zoning for a 19th-century West Campus home at 704 W. 22nd St. against the owner’s wishes. Planning commissioners have now voted to deny the recommendation for historic zoning, preventing the case from moving…

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic Landmark Commission expresses displeasure at preservation efforts in LDC draft

As Council’s first vote on the new Land Development Code draft inches ever closer, the Historic Landmark Commission publicly weighed in at its Nov. 18 meeting – and its reaction was not a positive one. Of particular concern was the…

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, 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…

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic Herrera homestead heads to Council with Planning Commission approval

It’s rare that a structure is zoned historic against an owner’s wishes. According to Preservation Austin, it has happened only three times since 1974; however, that number may be about to grow to four.Following in the footsteps of the Historic…

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council questions, and approves, new Old West Austin historic landmark

The last item on City Council’s most recent agenda passed without much notice, but for some Council members it spoke to ongoing issues of disparity in Austin’s preservation program.Council members voted 8-3 to designate the 1928 Italian Renaissance Revival home…

Friday, September 27, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic Landmark Commission contemplates bending rules for influential Mexican American activist

Sometimes a house is more than a home. In the case of Edward Rendon Sr., his home served as a community center that some say is as meaningful to the neighborhood today as it was 40 years ago.Rendon was an…

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

East Austin grocery’s future is sealed

Austin City Council was set to decide on the fate of a well-known east side grocery store at its most recent meeting, but instead endorsed a deal that had been struck before the meeting convened.The Tuke-Lyon grocery, at 220 Comal…

Friday, August 16, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Planning Commission unmoved to recommend preservation for East Austin grocery store

After a unanimous recommendation from the Historic Landmark Commission to preserve the 1922-era corner grocery at 220 Comal St., the momentum behind preserving the East Austin structure slowed at the Planning Commission.“I’m getting the sense that the owner can preserve…

Monday, July 29, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic zoning moves forward for ‘godfather’ of A-frame religious architecture in Austin

Midcentury A-frame churches may be a dime a dozen in Austin, but there is one in particular that caused the now-familiar style to proliferate.The Prince of Peace Church at 1711 E. Oltorf St. is the reason “that form became popular…

Thursday, July 25, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Code compliance citation inspires historic restoration

After years of languishing in disrepair, a circa-1922 grocery store at 220 Comal St. was cited for code compliance issues, prompting the owners to file for a partial demolition permit to make repairs.In order to preserve the neighborhood building and…

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

City’s new historic preservation grants offer more eligibility, higher limits

Nearly a year after City Council directed staff to increase eligibility for sites in need of funding for preservation of historic structures, a new program will greatly increase funding to those properties.The Heritage Grant Program opened its application process Monday,…

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Faux Victorian windows prompt Historic Landmark Commission to reconsider historic zoning

After initiating a case for historic zoning for the home at 1903 New York Ave., investigations by the city’s Historic Preservation Office revealed at the June 24 meeting of the Historic Landmark Commission that significant alterations in the 1980s compromised…

Monday, July 1, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Parting words

When Planning commissioners say adieu… The June 25 meeting marked the end of an era at the Planning Commission. Despite several years of rarely seeing eye to eye when it comes to development, Karen McGraw and James Schissler stepped down…

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