Welcome to our website! We’re on a mission to save Austin’s historic Norwood House, a 1922 Arts & Crafts treasure on the shores of Lady Bird Lake in Austin, TX. This special bungalow has been under threat for years, but it has recently been stabilized. It's now READY to be restored and repurposed to serve the people in a taxpayer-friendly way. You’re in the right place to find out all about the house and how you can help.
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The Mission of the Norwood Park Foundation is to restore the Norwood House to its historic exterior appearance, rehabilitate the surrounding historic grounds and gardens, and repurpose the property to serve the people of Austin as a premier, nonprofit and self-sustaining rental venue and community meeting space.
Located on City parkland, Austin's historic Norwood House is a public park asset. In a perfect world, all of our parks would be fully funded and the assets therein well cared for. But in today’s world, municipal budgets are strained. The City of Austin is no exception.
The nonprofit Norwood Park Foundation was formed because there is no money in the budget of the city's Parks & Recreation Department - now or in the foreseeable future - to restore and maintain this remarkable but long-neglected property. Since the needs of the house have been urgent, we have joined with the City of Austin in a public/private partnership to:
In this way, we will save the Norwood house while modeling a citizen-initiated, volunteer-based civic project that promotes an even greater mission to preserve our town’s original, special places. The end result: a natural and cultural treasure..returned to the people of Austin, at minimal cost to the taxpayer.
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October, 2016 - We had a terrific Nat’l Public Lands Day event on 9/24; big THANKS to Wolf Sittler, Nic Atwood, Diane Atwood, Cynthia Petrick, Jean Porter, Joe Petrick, Brian Walters, Elizabeth Bezanson, Lisa Stone, Nohely Rivera, Jose Rivera-Rios, and Max Atwood. Click here to see the photo album: https://www.facebook.com/NorwoodParkAustin/ And thank you Charlotte Bell for your great pics! http://charlottebell.com The site looks great, which helps our fundraising efforts.
No surprises at the recent Mobility35 open house - a small sliver of land will be taken from the lower east part of Norwood Park for widening the shared-use path along I-35 over Lady Bird Lake and around the corner onto Riverside. This will significantly improve safety and connectivity for Norwood, so it’s all good. For more info: http://my35.org/capital/projects/travis/riverside.htm
Otherwise it’s quiet at the bungalow while we continue building awareness about the project, visiting with folks at the site and preparing for some important events later in the fall.
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