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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 is threatened, but it can readily 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.

Thanks for visiting, and please be in touch!

Our Mission

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.

Our Purpose

Austin’s historic Norwood House is located on City parkland and is thus 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 everywhere 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:

  1. restore the house and grounds,
  2. operate the property in a revenue-generating, self-sustaining fashion, and
  3. ensure its future protection.

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 historic, special places. The end result: a natural and cultural treasure..returned to the people of Austin, at little cost to the taxpayer.

Contact

Norwood Park Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 5682
Austin TX 78763-5682

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Hey Austinites, did you know you own a charming 1920s Oriental-influenced, California Craftsman bungalow..on a hill, on a cliff, overlooking Lady Bird Lake? Out the back door is one of the most spectacular views in Austin, and it’s right in town with a great location. Wow! You’d like a key so you can get in and enjoy the place, right? More...
What's New:

 July/August, 2016 - Summer means somewhat of a slowdown as folks come & go with travels, but we’re moving forward on all fronts. Got a green light from the Review Committee of the Landmark Commission after a meeting 7/11; they support our overall design for the project and the house and are calling for only a few minor tweaks to our plans. We’ll go before the full board later in the year seeking the required Certificate of Appropriateness.

All is well at the site, albeit we recently had to paint over some graffiti applied to our nice new storage unit. Not what we want to see at Norwood! Huge thanks to Manuel Soza and his crew with PARD for helping us there. At least the “artist” left the house alone, and yes, we’re knocking on wood there.

Hoping the flash drought will break and water the trees for us. Those mighty oaks can go for a good while without rain, but we don’t want anything to threaten what we’ve achieved with those trees. Sure will be nice when the project is done and a sprinkler system takes care of this!

Read the History
In the early 1920s a remarkable Arts & Crafts estate began to take shape on the high bluffs overlooking the Colorado River in Austin, Texas. Located above the south shore along Riverside Drive and I-35, it featured a small but very high-style bungalow evocatively named “Norcliff” by its owners, Ollie O. and Calie Norwood. Over the next several years structural additions and improvements to the grounds would eventually yield a beautiful property that was widely admired and well-used by the family and, eventually, large numbers of Austinites. More...
See the Photos
Norwood Pool and Grounds
Conceptual 3-D Model

This is a previous “restoration concept” video put together by Li Tong of Heimsath Architects, longtime friends of and early architectural consultants on the project. Li first worked on this as part of her UT School of Architecture course work. THIS VIDEO IS ONLY CONCEPTUAL. Please click on our “Images" link for vintage photos and a true sense of how the exterior will appear. And the interior will be different from this, too - the house will be completely opened up. This 3-D animation is still fun to watch, though, and allows us to communicate how the Norwood bungalow can be opened up, connected to outdoor living spaces, and live larger than it really is. Add the amazing view from the terrace, and now you’re seeing what we do - a fantastic spot for your special event! Look for an updated version of this animation by mid-2016.

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