Tag Archives: Historic Landmark Commission

Thursday, July 29, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Lutheran Church relocation case looks at the nature of historic status

On Monday, the Historic Landmark Commission revisited a case that involves relocating the Dessau Lutheran Church, which was constructed in 1876, to Pioneer Farms, an outdoor museum dedicated to 19th-century Texas history. The church, located at 13300 Dessau Road in…

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 by Elizabeth Pagano

City postpones skate shop demolition

A groundswell of support for a beloved Austin skate shop did not fall upon unsympathetic ears at the Historic Landmark Commission. Austin Community College was seeking a permit to demolish No-Comply Skate Shop at 812 W. 12th St. to make…

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Landmark Commission sends West Line case to Architectural Review Committee

Last week, applicants asked the Historic Landmark Commission for permission to demolish a building located in the West Line Historic District and replace it with a one-story cabana and a garage at 1415 W. 10th St. The building, which was…

Thursday, July 1, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Landmark commission reverses course, grants demolition for Scenic Drive home

Last month, a demolition permit request for the property at 2708 Scenic Drive came in front of the Historic Landmark Commission. The home, which was built in 1952, has fallen into disrepair, but instead of granting the permit, city staffers…

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Former Long Estate granted demolition permit after March fire

Last month, the Historic Landmark Commission unanimously voted to issue a demolition permit for 2308 Woodlawn Blvd., a property located in the Old West Austin National Register Historic District. Unlike many demolition permit requests that the landmark commission hears, this…

Friday, June 4, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Last residential house on Rainey cleared for demolition by landmark commission

In 2019, a KUT report introduced Austinites to John Contreras, then known as “The Last Man on Rainey Street.” Rainey Street, historically a residential neighborhood, has become one of the city’s most prominent centers for nightlife and large-scale development. Contreras’…

Thursday, May 27, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Jackson-Novy-Kelly-Hoey House gets approval for front-yard pool

This week, the Historic Landmark Commission revisited a case from March in which homeowners at 2406 Harris Blvd. had requested a certificate of appropriateness to put a pool in their front yard. The issue raised concerns among commissioners because the…

Thursday, May 6, 2021 by Amy Smith

It’s not easy to replace a venue where Janis Joplin sang

Will the treasured spirit of the old Threadgill’s live on in a proposed multifamily development slated to replace the iconic restaurant and live music venue? That would be the preferred outcome of the Historic Landmark Commission, which unanimously recommended that…

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 by Amy Smith

New working group to study equity in preservation

Property demolitions in underserved areas of Austin have historically ranked among the most emotional cases to come before the Historic Landmark Commission – often the first stop in a succession of reviews of what’s proposed to be built in place…

Friday, April 9, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Landmark commission postpones demolition in West Line Historic District

The Historic Landmark Commission heard a proposal last month to demolish an old building and construct a new one on a property located in the West Line Historic District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in…

Thursday, April 8, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Landmark Commission votes against front-yard pool proposal

At last month’s meeting on March 22, the Historic Landmark Commission discussed a certificate of appropriateness application to modify the landscape, construct a terrace and build a swimming pool at the historic Jackson-Novy-Kelly-Hoey House at 2406 Harris Blvd. First recommended…

Monday, April 5, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Landmark commission approves changes to historic Mary Street home

Last week, the Historic Landmark Commission gave the go-ahead for some repairs and upgrades to a home at 508 E. Mary St., a property in the Mary Street Historic District. Originally established in 1928, “the 500 block of E. Mary…

Monday, March 29, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Landmark Commission postpones decision to deliberate on historic designation

At last week’s meeting of the Historic Landmark Commission, commissioners reviewed a rehabilitation case at 1601 Brackenridge St. The home, which was built in 1915, was first inhabited by William and Lettie Webster Davis, two teachers at the Texas School…

Monday, February 8, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Demolition proposal receives pushback from Tarrytown residents, commission delays decision

A demolition request for a 1938 home received a surprising amount of pushback from community members at the Jan. 25 meeting of the Historic Landmark Commission. The home at 2803 Bonnie Road was first constructed for Frank D. and Ollie…

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Former Threadgill home on its way to historic designation

Commissioners at the Jan. 25 meeting of the Historic Landmark Commission voted to advance the historic designation process for 4310 Rosedale Ave., the former home of Kenneth and Mildred Threadgill. Kenneth Threadgill, an Austin-based country musician who collaborated with national…

Monday, January 11, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Historic Landmark Commission delays log cabin relocation decision

Last month, the Historic Landmark Commission discussed a proposal to deconstruct and relocate a log cabin located at 5613 Patton Ranch Road. The cabin is on property owned by St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, a K-12 private school. The organization is…

Wednesday, December 23, 2020 by Sean Saldaña

Landmark commission approves former Barton Springs florist shop for demolition

The building at 605 Barton Springs Road has been home to McPhail’s Florist, Austin’s most prominent florist, for decades. But the 92-year-old building may soon be demolished. The flower shop, which ceased operations in 2018, has become – at least…

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 by Sean Saldaña

Landmark commission denies Congress building owner’s request for mural

Last month, the Historic Landmark Commission discussed a proposal to install an eye-catching, soccer-themed mural at 506 Congress Ave. The mural, which would have been completed by the artist Ruben Sánchez, was noteworthy because it would be located near the…

Monday, December 21, 2020 by Sean Saldaña

Historic designation recommended for Delta Kappa Gamma HQ, against owner’s wishes

The Delta Kappa Gamma building at 416 W. 12th St. could be on its way to a historic designation, which, given the home’s long history as headquarters of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, may come as no surprise.  Founded…

Thursday, December 17, 2020 by Jonathan Lee

Council grants historic zoning to Baker School and parking lots

City Council has granted historic zoning to the Baker School property – parking lots and all. No one debated approving the historic landmark designation for the school itself, but the request to include the surrounding parking lots in the variance proved…

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