Tag Archives: historic preservation

Friday, April 26, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

West Austin home causes impasse at HLC

City code requires a structure to meet two out of five requirements in order to be designated historic. One of the most often-used requirements is that of historical association with an individual who “contributed significantly to the history of the…

Thursday, April 25, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

East Austin home slated for historic zoning against owner’s wishes

It is rare in Austin that a home is preserved against an owner’s wishes. According to Preservation Austin, the city has disregarded an owner’s wishes in this manner exactly three times since 1974. Now there is a chance it will…

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…

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Tourism Commission examines whether hotel tax could keep live music on Sixth Street

The handful of music venues still operating in the city’s historic district along Sixth Street could be considered for preservation and infrastructure improvements using money from the Hotel Occupancy Tax.That idea was one of several offered for further examination by…

Monday, March 25, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Something we agree on

The link between governmental and residential Texas houses… Occasionally a contentious zoning case stirs up old memories that have been tucked away, but not forgotten. In the wake of the Historic Landmark commissioners’ reaction to the presented plans for 1602…

Friday, March 1, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Landmark commissioners say they feel double-crossed over West Austin property

Despite a local homeowner and the city spending months compromising, negotiating and working to comply with suggestions from Austin’s Historic Preservation Office, Historic Landmark commissioners were flabbergasted Monday night at the final plans for a multimillion-dollar home in Old West…

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by Jack Craver

Commission divided on whether home of architecture icon should be a landmark

The Planning Commission declined to recommend historic zoning for a 70-year-old home in Old West Austin due to recent changes the property owner made to the house. The case demonstrated the tenuous standards that shape the city’s efforts to preserve…

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Old home in new historic district is approved for demolition

All things have their moment in the sun, and for an East Austin home at 4200 Wildwood Road, that moment seems to have come and gone. Today, the home is merely a cracked contribution to the Wilshire Woods National Register…

Monday, December 3, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Lord of the files

Pig-headed politics… At a recent City Council work session, Council members were discussing proposed changes to the ordinance that dictates the extent to which people can exercise their First Amendment rights on library grounds. Specifically, what limits, if any, should…

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by Jack Craver

Property owners who forfeit landmark status will have to pay more

Owning a property that has been designated a historic landmark has its benefits and its drawbacks.The city of Austin, Travis County and the Austin Independent School District all offer hefty property tax exemptions for landmark properties – with the expectation…

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

The Norwood House may soon get a face-lift

On the northwestern corner of Interstate 35 and Riverside Drive is a plot of land that the city purchased in 1985 and that most Austinites know to be an off-leash dog park. However, also nestled on that same plot of…

Friday, October 26, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Hillside Farmacy recommended for historical designation

There are buildings in this city for which historical zoning is a no-brainer. One of these properties is the Hillside Farmacy at 1209 E. 11th St.The application for this zoning change was presented to the Historic Landmark Commission along with…

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

An East Austin family unites to fight against historical designation for their home

Sometimes, despite their home’s historical ties, a family still believes it is time to sell it to a developer.One such example is a small 19th-century Victorian folk-style home at 1705 East Sixth St. It is one of the few buildings in…

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council denies West Austin historic zoning

A divided City Council declined last week to zone a West Austin house as historic, but the owners have agreed to renovate the house in Italian Renaissance Revival style, so that it satisfies them as well as the neighborhood and…

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by Jack Craver

City estimate: Preserving Montopolis Negro School would cost $5.7M

The city of Austin is beginning the process of using eminent domain to seize the 1-acre plot at 500 Montopolis Ave., home of an 83-year-old building that was once the Montopolis Negro School. The structure is a rare vestige of…

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Despite owners’ wishes, historic zoning advances

Staff won a preliminary victory in its quest to zone a 1923 West Austin house historic against the owners’ wishes last week. The City Council vote was 6-3, but with two members off the dais and not voting, the final…

Friday, August 31, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs Smoot Terrace Park Historic District

Council gave final approval Thursday to creation of the Smoot Terrace Park Historic District just west of downtown, after neighbors decided to eliminate three properties owned by people who signed a valid petition opposing the historic district.That meant Council could…

Thursday, August 30, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Fence unites landmark commission

Should new fences in National Register historic districts come before the Historic Landmark Commission? The answer appears to be “probably.”At their most recent meeting, Historic Landmark commissioners considered whether to summon the owners of 906 E. 14th St., which is…

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

ZAP considers West Austin historic zoning

Going against the wishes of the property’s owners and their neighbors, a majority of the Zoning and Platting Commission endorsed a bid for historic zoning in Old West Austin at its most recent meeting.Though it wasn’t enough for a recommendation,…

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