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Historic gazebo listed in National Register

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by Tai Moses

Photo from the Austin History Center, PICA 09283

The Fannie Davis Gazebo at Vic Mathias Shores at Town Lake Metro Park has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The historic gazebo exists thanks to the efforts of a group of visionary women – the Austin Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction, an advocacy group for women working in the construction industry. The project was organized and funded in the mid-1960s by Austin NAWIC and designed in 1969 by the architect husband of an Austin NAWIC member. According to Austin Parks and Recreation, “Almost 100 contractors and suppliers enthusiastically supported the gazebo project with donations of materials and labor” to create the first public structure on the south shore of what was then known as Town Lake. In 1984, the structure was named for Fannie Davis, a founding member of Austin NAWIC. Gregory W. Smith, National Register coordinator with the Texas Historical Commission, called the gazebo “one of Austin’s modern architectural gems, hidden in plain sight.”

 

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