Tag Archives: Historic Landmark Commission

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Urban Affairs Committee takes up preservation bill

A state representative will be making some changes to a bill he proposed that would set a rigorous statewide standard for historic preservation against a property owner’s objections.Discussion of Houston-area Rep. Gary Elkins’ House Bill 3418 at the April 11…

Monday, April 10, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Honoring Mary Gay Maxwell

Remembering Mary Gay… A year after her death, the Environmental Commission remembered its former chair, and longtime Austin conservationist, Mary Gay Maxwell. The commission unanimously passed a resolution to rename the Slaughter Creek Management Unit on Wednesday night. The land’s…

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

No historic zoning for Tobin House without demolition threat

Despite agreement from city staff and concerned neighbors that the house would make a fine landmark, the Historic Landmark Commission opted to drop its pursuit of historic zoning for Old Austin’s Tobin House at its most recent meeting.The reason? Since…

Friday, March 17, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Panel considers a maybe-historic home in Old West Austin

In a somewhat unusual turn of events, the Historic Landmark Commission did not seem convinced that a 1939 home in the Old West Austin Historic District is all that historic, but it is open to hearing more about the house,…

Thursday, March 16, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

1960s dairy homestead could be Austin’s next landmark

After some hesitation, the Historic Landmark Commission has begun the process of historic landmarking for a Cherrywood home that was once the site of the Schieffer Dairy.The house, which is located at 3901 Brookview Road, is a 1961 replacement of…

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

First Tobin House battle waged at landmark commission

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single home facing demolition with a website of its own means a fight is on the way. That was certainly the case at the most recent meeting of the Historic Landmark Commission.Commissioners…

Thursday, March 2, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

City’s East Austin Historic Resources Survey fails first big test

In one of its first tests, the recently adopted East Austin Historic Resources Survey has failed the demolition-seeking owner of a well-known community activist’s home.Adriana Salazar, who is with owners A New Hope Real Estate Investments Inc., spoke in favor…

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Pending demolition highlights need for preservation education

After about three months of discussion, a midcentury modern Rosedale home is officially destined for demolition.When the Historic Landmark Commission last took up the proposed demolition, it proved to be a flashpoint for ongoing intra-commission tension. This time around, commissioners…

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Audit criticizes city’s historic program management

Citing a lack of staff dedicated to the city’s historic preservation program, an outdated fee collection system and inadequate coordination between historic preservation staff and those higher up in the chain of command, the Office of the City Auditor has…

Monday, January 30, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Council kicks off process to reform Historic Landmark Commission

City Council on Thursday voted to initiate a code amendment that could make it easier for the Historic Landmark Commission to overrule the wishes of property owners.Mayor Steve Adler overcame his own skepticism to vote for the measure, which passed…

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Changes coming to Historic Landmark Commission

Mayor Steve Adler went on record at Tuesday’s City Council work session as opposing a loosening of the regulations for the Historic Landmark Commission to begin the process of designating Austin homes as historic.At the same time, Council Member Jimmy…

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Another house, another fight at the Historic Landmark Commission

Once again, the Historic Landmark Commission was transformed into an ideological battleground. This time, the battle was centered on what ultimately proved to be a fairly uncontroversial landmark designation in the North University neighborhood.The Brundrett-Winkler House, which was built in…

Friday, January 13, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Fighting demolitions, Ebony Acres residents hope city will recognize their history

Spurred by a rash of proposed demolitions, several East Austin citizens are hoping to move forward with a historic district for their neighborhood later this month.Late last year, potential demolitions on Grant Street, E M Franklin Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue…

Monday, January 9, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Commission says goodbye to would-be east side landmark

Days after City Council adopted the East Austin Historic Resources study in December, the Historic Landmark Commission sent an east side home recommended for historic designation on its way to be demolished.The city’s Historic Preservation Office supported historic zoning for…

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Midcentury modern demolition brings dysfunction to the fore at Historic Landmark Commission

Ideological tension at the Historic Landmark Commission bubbled to the surface Monday over the proposed demolition of a midcentury modern home built in the 1950s.Commissioners were evenly split on whether to release the demolition permit for the home at 2506…

Monday, November 28, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Survey finds a wealth of history in East Austin

At long last, the East Austin Historic Resources Survey is complete and ready for review.The survey covered the area of Austin east of Interstate 35, north of Lady Bird Lake, south of Manor Road and east of Pleasant Valley Road…

Monday, November 7, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Apocalypse later

Must be Tuesday… There are a lot of details that will be needed to be sorted on Tuesday. (Most pressing, probably: Is it the end of the world or not? And: Where’s my bug-out bag?) Thankfully, one of the details…

Thursday, November 3, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

West Line bungalow to be demolished

After almost half-a-dozen trips to the Historic Landmark Commission, an Old West Austin house is officially beyond repair. The 1915 bungalow, which is located at 812 Theresa Ave., was known as the Anderson-Wattinger-Sucke-Naishtat House at the most recent meeting of…

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Proposal would revamp historic commission rules

Recent events at the Historic Landmark Commission – which resulted in the panel’s failure to act either to begin the historic zoning process for a property or to allow a demolition permit to move forward – have highlighted a need…

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Something ventured, ‘nothing’ gained at historic commission

At their most recent meeting, Historic Landmark commissioners “accomplished nothing” for a 1932 fourplex known as the Palma Plaza Apartment House.With only seven members present, commissioners were unable to garner an effective number of votes to move forward with historic…

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