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Tag Archives: Historic Landmark Commission

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Effort to historically zone Texas Supreme Court justice’s house narrowly fails at HLC

A debate over the definition of the word “significant” was the topic du jour at the March 25 meeting of the Historic Landmark Commission.The word’s interpretation came into question because, when it comes to determining whether a home is worthy…

Thursday, March 28, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

HLC accepts demolition of West Lynn home for ‘Tudor mansion’

After last month’s revelation of the design plans for 1602 West Lynn St. left members of the Historic Landmark Commission reeling, the four weeks between then and now allowed the commissioners to begrudgingly accept the previously presented plans and comments from…

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Ramshackle 117-year-old house slated for historic zoning against owner’s wishes

Despite what city staff called the “heartbreaking” condition of a historically contributing structure and an owner’s opposition to historic zoning, the Historic Landmark Commission determined Monday that a 117-year-old home was worth saving.In an effort to preserve one of the…

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Brush Square Master Plan gets wholehearted approval from HLC

Brush Square may be the least memorable of the four original squares designed as part of the 1839 Waller Plan. Today, thanks to a new master plan, that may be about to change.Kim McKnight, a planner with the Parks and Recreation…

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…

Thursday, February 28, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Which shingles are the right shingles on a historic structure?

Roofs are pesky. Every 25 years or so they need to be replaced, though not usually with an identical material. Over a quarter-century, technology advances, materials become more environmentally friendly, and roof materials can easily affect a home’s energy efficiency.…

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Schneider-Watson home deemed ‘almost’ historically significant

In the storied neighborhood of Pemberton Heights there’s a little dead-end street known as Green Lanes that houses an enclave of seven homes, including that of Walter E. Long.Two of the original homes on the street have already been demolished,…

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…

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic Landmark Commission argues over definition of ‘significant’ for historic zoning

Anyone would agree that the Pease Mansion in the Old Enfield Neighborhood is a historic landmark. But what about all the other surrounding properties that inevitably pale in comparison?For the Tudor Revival-style house at 1602 Pease Road, city staff seemed…

Monday, January 7, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

New construction is approved for historical lot in South Austin

Putting new construction on a historically zoned lot with an emblematic structure is not an everyday occurrence in Austin, so when it happens, it should be no surprise that it involves months of negotiation.After several months of back-and-forth with the…

Monday, November 26, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic Landmark Commission postpones case for not following the process

For over a year, the Historic Landmark Commission has been going back and forth over the plans for the back lot of the Stanley Homestead at 1809 Newton St.“What we’re seeking is the Certificate of Appropriateness for the new construction…

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Dissatisfied with lack of compromise, Historic Landmark Commission stalls

After its fourth public hearing, the Clarksville storybook house remains a point of contention between owner, commission and the Clarksville Community Development Corporation.Priscilla Glover, the owner of 1002 Charlotte St., told the commissioners at their Nov. 19 meeting, “I have…

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…

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Storybook house remains a looming castle in Clarksville’s imagination

Despite three hearings at the Historic Landmark Commission and repeated attempts by the Clarksville Community Development Corporation to persuade Priscilla Glover, the owner of 1002 Charlotte St., that her proposed home design would not contribute to the character of the…

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…

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Temporary art project for Schneider Store building met with tepid enthusiasm

The J.P. Schneider Store building is the new target of an art installation called Inside Out/Vote intended to encourage voter participation and registration through reimagining civic engagement and unleashing the voice of America’s youth through art.Brought to the Sept. 24…

Thursday, September 27, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

A storybook-inspired home is not a fairy-tale ending for Clarksville neighbors

Sure, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but sometimes a desire for architectural continuity within a neighborhood trumps the desires of a homeowner.At 1002 Charlotte St. in the Clarksville neighborhood, there is a small one-story home built in…

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…

Friday, August 3, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Commissioners dive into St. Edward’s records

There are many reasons that a building can be historic. One of them is if a structure is a part of a historic district where an architect has produced a significant body of work that embodies a period style and…

Thursday, August 2, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Commissioners request authentic reconstruction for Lamar Bridge

Sometimes, accidents happen.In an emergency addition to the Historic Landmark Commission agenda on July 23, commissioners heard the case of the Lamar Boulevard Bridge over Shoal Creek.Last month a vehicular collision damaged the bridge, which lies between 12th Street and…

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