Tag Archives: Historic Landmark Commission

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…

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 by Victoria May

Landmark commission ‘reluctantly’ recommends demolition of stone cottage

Members of the Bouldin Creek community are saying goodbye to a stone cottage some residents believed was emblematic of Austin culture. Citing its lack of historical significance, Historic Landmark commissioners reluctantly upheld a motion to demolish the 83-year-old house at…

Monday, December 7, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark commission denies historic zoning for second Radkey home

The city’s Historic Landmark Commission seemed content to abide by a rule of thumb that dictates “one historic home per person” at its most recent meeting. Oliver Radkey, a UT professor of Russian history known for his writings on Bolshevism…

Friday, December 4, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark commission embraces common historic design standards for Austin

The Historic Landmark Commission has given its unanimous support to proposed design standards aimed at making it easier for neighborhoods to create historic districts in the city. If approved by City Council, the design standards will apply to existing historic…

Thursday, December 3, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Air-Conditioned Village to lose two more houses

Two more houses in a development that once served as a test bed for bringing central air conditioning to the American middle class are scheduled for demolition. In a single vote, the Historic Landmark Commission approved demolition permits for 2505…

Monday, November 30, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark commission OKs historic zoning for Baker School and its parking lots

The Historic Landmark Commission voted to zone the entirety of the Baker School property historic at its recent meeting, despite a staff-supported alternative that would omit the surrounding parking lots. AISD sold the school, which was built in 1911, to…

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 by Sean Saldaña

Landmark commission postpones decision on Congress mural

A building at 506 Congress Ave., just a few blocks from the Texas Capitol, could soon be the site of a new mural – but not before additional review. A proposal to paint a mural with a soccer motif on…

Friday, November 20, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark commission moves to block demolition of Delta Kappa Gamma building downtown

The Historic Landmark Commission has voted unanimously to initiate historic zoning for the Delta Kappa Gamma International Headquarters Building, against the owner’s wishes. Currently, 416 W. 12th St. continues to serve as the office building for Delta Kappa Gamma, which…

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