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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February, 2017 - Great news - we have received another grant! The Norwood project has been awarded a Planning grant from Preservation Austin, our city’s premier historic preservation advocacy org. This grant provides matching funds for engineering & schematic plans we need to move Norwood forward with the City of Austin’s Neighborhood Partnering Program. NPP, in turn, will provide a substantial part of Norwood’s future hardscape needs like street realignment, sidewalks, curbs & gutters, circle drive, etc. Got that? Yes, it’s complicated, but programs like NPP (and there are others) will provide the means for Norwood to access the municipal funding that is appropriate for our public/private partnership with the City. Win win all around!
We are proud that Preservation Austin has partnered with us in this very meaningful way, toward restoring and repurposing one of our city’s most amazing historic properties. Thank you Preservation Austin!
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