Tag Archives: historic preservation

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark Commission initiates Red River house over owner’s objection

Against the wishes of the homeowner, plans to designate a familiar Red River Street house a historic landmark are moving forward.However, the owner wants to demolish the familiar red and white house at 3805 Red River Street, Historic Landmark Commissioners…

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Owner says Red River house is junk while neighbors say it’s historic

Though the owners say their house is a worn-out money pit, many of their neighbors see it as one of Austin’s Mid-20th Century landmarks. Following staff recommendation, the Historic Landmark Commission voted unanimously Monday to initiate historic zoning for the…

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Backers of Baylor House need one more vote to block demolition

Those hoping to save Clarksville’s Baylor House won a symbolic victory at City Council last week. But without an additional vote in favor of historic zoning, the victory could be a hollow one.   Currently, the house at 1607 West…

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark Commission blocks two demolitions in Bryker Woods

Faced with increasingly large numbers of demolition permits for historic homes, and very few tools to stop them, the Historic Landmark Commission held out hope for compromise last week.   Commissioners stalled two demolitions in the Bryker Woods neighborhood alone.…

Monday, May 5, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

High taxes force Travis Heights resident to find new home for cottages

Saying that he can no longer bear the cost of rising property taxes, one long-term Travis Heights resident is looking for a new home for his historic cottages, much to the heartbreak of some neighbors.   Charles Flores explained that…

Thursday, April 24, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

City plan to replace Barton Springs Bridge runs into complications

The process is barely underway, but the city’s plan to replace the historic Barton Springs Bridge is already generating pushback from the historic preservation community.   Last week’s Public Works Request for Qualifications for a design consultant to replace the…

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark Commission postpones action on West Austin demolition

Developers itching to demolish a 1933 cottage in West Austin’s Heritage neighborhood will have to wait a month longer, after a ruling by the city’s Historic Landmark Commission last week.   Historic Preservation Officer Steve Sadowsky allowed that the 1933…

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark Commission backs historic status for Clarksville house

The house that once belong to a beloved Clarksville activist may be preserved against its owner’s wishes if the Historic Landmark Commission and the neighborhood have their way.   Commission members remained steadfast in their conviction that the Baylor house…

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council efforts to block plan to move historic house could fall short

City Council members did what they could last week to thwart plans to move the historic Dabney-Horne House, but only time will tell whether it will be enough to keep the structure in place.   The University Co-op has owned…

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Appeal allows Co-op to move Dabney-Horne House

There have been plenty of twists and turns along the way, but it looks like plans to move the historic Dabney-Horne House 12 feet are fairly unstoppable, due to a scheduling problem.   The case has been in and out…

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Commission votes to initiate historic zoning on Clarksville house

A band of Clarksville residents won their first victory at the Historic Landmark Commission last week. They found unanimous support for historic zoning on a house that they say is integral to their community’s history.   The commission voted 5-0 to…

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark Commission endorses housing project for National Register

The Historic Landmark Commission has given its full blessing to an east-side housing project’s nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.   The nomination is for the Rosewood Courts, located at Chicon Street and Rosewood Avenue. The Texas Historic…

Thursday, December 5, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Commission stalls demolition permit in favor of relocating house

A dramatic back story failed to earn an initiation of historic zoning at the Historic Landmark Commission last month, much to the relief of an East Austin couple hoping to sell off their property.   The commission voted 4-0 to…

Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Planning Commission backs zoning change for Hancock area hotel

Plans for a boutique hotel at the 1928 Commodore Perry Estate sailed through the Planning Commission Tuesday night, despite opposition from the Hancock Neighborhood Association.   Commissioners unanimously approved the zoning request in an 8-0, vote, with Commissioner Dannette Chimenti…

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Judges Hill neighbors dispute calculation of support for district

After five years of work, Old Judges Hill may very well be Austin’s next Local Historic District, but not everyone in the neighborhood thinks that’s a good idea.   Proponents and opponents of the change spoke their piece at the…

Monday, November 4, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark Commission recommends Historic status for East Austin home

With a bid for historic zoning underway, perhaps one property in central East Austin will keep its neighborhood identity for the time being.   The house, which is located at 805 Lydia Street, was built by Eloy and Soledad Guajardo…

Thursday, October 31, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark Commission rejects Crestview bid to designate home

Some Crestview Neighborhood residents were left crestfallen at Monday night’s Historic Landmark Commission meeting after their bid to designate the McKown-James House fell flat.   The commission voted to initiate the historic zoning process at its Sept. 9 meeting, despite…

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council approves fund to preserve heritage of Rainey Street District

Though they ultimately voted unanimously to create a Rainey Street District Fund from collection of development fees, it took at fair amount of bickering for City Council members to get there last week. It remains to be seen exactly how…

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark Commission OKs historic zoning for Commodore Perry estate

The Historic Landmark Commission unanimously recommended historic zoning for the 1928 Commodore Perry estate at last month’s meeting, despite neighborhood fears that the designation is part of a larger, more nefarious scheme. The matter must now move on to the…

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