Tag Archives: historic preservation

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Crestview home finds new life in Del Valle

When the demolition of 1208 Stobaugh St. came before the Historic Landmark Commission in November, it seemed to strike a nerve with Historic Preservation Officer Steve Sadowsky, who – faced with an agenda full of demolitions – urged the city…

Monday, February 15, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Drive crashes

All4Nothing… South Austin, for better or worse, has long been considered the bastion of Austin of Yore. From hippies to low-slung bungalows to grimy music clubs, South River City keeps it weird. One hallmark of local heritage to which it…

Friday, February 12, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council supports “Muny” golf course preservation

When the average American thinks of activities that promote diversity, golf is probably not the first one that comes to mind.But on Thursday, City Council unanimously endorsed a resolution that seeks to recognize the Lions Municipal Golf Course as a…

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Steck House at center of project, now BoA case

The city’s Board of Adjustment is taking a little more time to consider whether a North University site plan was approved in error.Appellant Leon Barish has asked the board to weigh in on how staff applied the compatibility setback for…

Friday, December 18, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Development controversy looms at Palm School

Travis County Commissioners Court is setting the stage in downtown Austin for another high-profile thumb-wrestling match between the pro-development community and historical preservationists.As part of the emerging public discussion over the county’s ownership of the Palm School site at East…

Monday, December 7, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Is gentrification a human rights issue in Austin?

Over the past few months, the city’s Human Rights Commission has been taking a hard look at preservation and gentrification. Though such issues might seem outside the commission’s purview, onetime City Council candidate Fred McGhee has a different opinion.McGhee’s complaints…

Monday, November 9, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: We do declare

Preservation fight perseveres… Delivering complications once again, the ongoing struggle to create a local historic district in the Bluebonnet Hills section of Travis Heights has experienced another unique twist. This past week, opponents delivered to the city a second valid…

Monday, October 19, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Bluebonnet Hills clears another city hurdle

The Bluebonnet Hills local historic district is just one vote shy of creation, but its future remains uncertain after a late-night discussion at City Council.As of Wednesday night, 52.12 percent of the property owners within the district supported its creation,…

Thursday, October 8, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Palm School fate uncertain

The fate of a historic building at the southeastern gateway of downtown Austin is up in the air as Travis County continues a gradual reshuffling of its valuable real estate portfolio.The commissioners court will soon vote to start making early…

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Stone cottage demolition leaves confusion behind

Over the weekend, James Retherford was arrested for criminal trespass while trying to stop the demolition of a stone cottage in Bouldin Creek.He was unsuccessful, and the house at 901 Dawson Road is no longer one of the nine intact…

Thursday, August 13, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City Council talks historic preservation goals

City Council members found themselves tackling the underpinnings of historic preservation on Tuesday, as they wrestled with whether to proceed with four very different cases of historic landmark designation on today’s agenda.Ultimately, Council members remained undecided on whether to proceed…

Thursday, August 6, 2015 by Jack Craver

Planning Commission OKs landmark status for former home of legendary businesswoman

Celebrating female entrepreneurship, racial harmony and, of course, beautiful architecture, the Planning Commission voted to recommend historic zoning for an 85-year-old house at 113 West 33rd St. last week.After hearing Steve Sadowsky, the Historic Preservation Officer for the city, argue…

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark Commission’s first case reveals deeper concerns

An ideological split and a skeleton crew of a commission have left the landmark status of an East Austin home in limbo for now.Historic Preservation Officer Steve Sadowsky “wholeheartedly recommended” historic zoning for the residence at 2005 Hamilton Ave., which…

Thursday, May 28, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Historic District wins Planning Commission support

The proposed Bluebonnet Hills preservation district was back at City Hall this week. This time, it won the support of the Planning Commissioners.On Tuesday, commission members voted 5-1 to recommend creation of the Bluebonnet Hills Historic District, with Commissioner Brian…

Thursday, April 16, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Proposed local historic district in jeopardy

The proposed Bluebonnet Hills Historic District hit another speed bump Tuesday, this time at the Planning Commission.At the end of a lengthy discussion, commissioners opted to postpone the case until May 26. This will give the applicants time to return…

Monday, December 15, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council OKs landmark status for Red River house

Those worried that one of Austin’s most beloved houses was destined for demolition could rest easy over the weekend.Despite the owner’s objections, the Austin City Council voted last week to make the Red River International House a historic landmark. Council…

Monday, October 20, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council debates Red River House designation

Last week, City Council took the first step toward designating a familiar Red River Street house as a historic landmark, despite the owner’s objections.“I dare say that anybody who has ever made a trip around the University of Texas campus…

Thursday, September 11, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board grants variance for novel preservation plan

The Board of Adjustment gave the go-ahead for a novel preservation strategy at its Monday night meeting.Newcastle Homes’ Lex Zwarum’s proposal, which he describes as a “win-win,” will zone the existing house at 2100 East 14th St. as a historic…

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Commission OKs historic zoning for homes

Bucking the trend of requests for demolition permits in East Austin, two property owners requested historic zoning for their homes last week, winning an enthusiastic endorsement from the Historic Landmark Commission.The commission voted to approve historic zoning for the Callpart-Bannerman-Castro…

Monday, August 4, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark Commission says no to neon sign for downtown P. Terry’s

P. Terry’s Burger Stand is coming to downtown Austin, but it will not be sporting a neon sign, much to the chagrin of its owner.Last week, the Historic Landmark Commission denied a request for a neon sign for P. Terry’s…

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