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.
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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.
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:
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.
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May, 2016 - We are happy to announce a new addition to the Norwood team: Teri O’Glee will join us as Project Manager and interim Executive Director. Teri is a longtime Austin resident with a formidable background in helping local nonprofits to increase their capacity and achieve their goals. Her expertise is exactly what we need at this post-Phase 1 stage: our own growth & transformation ahead of Norwood’s. Teri is as excited as we are about the vision our team has developed for Norwood, and the incredible potential of the project for the whole city. We are thrilled to have her!
Volunteers: we could use some help on Saturday, May 14th at 8am for a light cleanup & cutback at the site. We have happy trees from all the rain lately, but the weeds have arrived as well. Bring your clippers and help us for an hour or two to Keep Norwood Spiffy!
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