Tag Archives: Historic Landmark Commission

Monday, November 25, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Code warrior

Nineteenth-century home discovered in Northeast Austin… Homes dating prior to the 20th century are rare in Texas. Therefore, discovering one is a momentous event. Historic Landmark commissioners expressed excitement at the announcement from Historic Preservation Officer Steve Sadowsky that the…

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, November 5, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Rendon House deemed worthy of preservation due to exceptional merit of its prior owner

Edward Rendon Sr.’s contributions to the East Austin community have never been in question. However, whether or not his house is eligible to be zoned historic to commemorate his efforts has become a subject of debate.Rendon was an activist who…

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic Landmark Commission hesitantly approves Masonic lodge renovation plans

After months of discussions and tweaks to the original plans for the Royal Arch Masonic Lodge, the Historic Landmark Commission finally came to a compromise with designers for a 30-plus-story addition to the 93-year-old ancestral home of the Masons at…

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…

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Masonic Lodge construction plans may never satisfy Historic Landmark Commission

For three months in a row, the Historic Landmark Commission has made it clear that the design for a modern addition to the Royal Arch Masonic Lodge on the corner of Seventh and Lavaca streets will not easily get its…

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Rainey Street bungalow bar seeks to expand, HLC expresses concerns

The popular watering hole Clive Bar inhabits a small Craftsman house at 609 Davis St., which is just on the corner of Rainey Street. The owners are looking to reconfigure the property to add a two-story structure with a mezzanine…

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Masonic lodge face-lift sent back to the drawing board, again

After the Historic Landmark Commission vetoed designs for a modern addition to the Royal Arch Masonic Lodge on the corner of Seventh and Lavaca for being a “desecration” of a landmark, a new design came before them at their Aug.…

Thursday, August 1, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

HLC recommends design in Old West Austin historic district, sidesteps opposition’s concerns

In Austin, commissions are divided based on their areas of expertise and are required to remain within their purview when addressing the merits of a case.This question of jurisdiction was raised at the July 22 meeting of the Historic Landmark…

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic zoning for childhood home of AISD’s first two Hispanic teachers recommended

In a unanimous vote, the Historic Landmark Commission is sending a 100-year-old house that was the home of the Austin Independent School District’s first Hispanic teachers to City Council with a recommendation for historic zoning.When photos failed to depict the…

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…

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 8, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

‘Sensitive’ addition prompts Historic Landmark Commission to open historic zoning case

In order to expand a home and obtain room to display a 300-piece Hispanic art collection, the owners of 1216 E. Seventh St. submitted plans to the city to construct a 2,200-square-foot addition to the back side of their 1919…

Friday, July 5, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic Landmark Commission looks for a pitch-perfect roofline solution

The Historic Landmark Commission recently discovered that the design guidelines of a local historic district may not always be practical in real-life situations.When Mike Synowiec, the owner of 305 W. 45th St., came before the commission’s Certificate of Appropriateness committee,…

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

I.Q. Hurdle House makes slow but steady progress

The old adage that slow and steady wins the race came into play during a discussion about the status of the I.Q. Hurdle House at the June 24 Historic Landmark Commission meeting.Pam Madere with the Jackson Walker firm, who is…

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Commissioner calls modern addition to Masonic Lodge a ‘desecration of an actual landmark’

In a collaborative effort, the Austin-based Mason Chapter of the York Rite began working with the city’s Historic Preservation Office and several local architecture firms to design a structure that would allow the Masons to retain their ancestral lodge on…

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic Landmark Commission discovers code interpretation error

At its April meeting, the Historic Landmark Commission postponed the case for 1400 Winsted Lane in search of more context for the property. Instead, staff returned with a new reading of the code that could change how the commission does business…

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Eureka Holdings to begin repairing I.Q. Hurdle House

After a surprising turn of events last month brought the I.Q. Hurdle House from a demolition-by-neglect case to a Certificate of Appropriateness approval for maintenance and repairs, the Historic Landmark Commission expressed enthusiasm that the fate of the property was…

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