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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 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.

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

Located on City parkland, Austin's historic Norwood House is a public park asset, with a stunning view that could command substantial rental revenue for the taxpayers if the house was operating. But with lack of vision in past decades, and municipal budgets strained, the investment required to position Norwood to earn its own keep has not been put forth.

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 will to save Norwood has been strongly established, and since the needs of the deteriorated 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 and its beautiful site 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.

Contact

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

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State of the House 2008-2013
The Norwood House in 2008. A ghost of its former self, but special enough to still warrant saving.

Most of the windows & screens are intact and can be restored.
The Norwood House in the record-setting drought year of 2011. The lawn & trees suffered terribly, and continued deterioration took a serious toll.

Architectural elements that make this bungalow special & historically valuable - like this gable ornament - still exist. The original wood trim is stored away.
East side of house at the height of the graffiti stage. Windows are boarded up but still in place.
West side, looking east. Note the surrounding oaks.



Two of the original, exotic column toppers still exist, waiting to get back out on the future porch and hold up the front gable.
Looked really bad then, but the fireplace wall will be a stunning feature. Interior walls have already been removed to create an open floor plan for use as a rental venue.

All of this mess is a distant memory. The house is completely cleared, environmentally remediated, and ready for full restoration. Some of the original hardwoods were able to be saved and will be reused.
Look at those trees! This historic treasure deserves to shine again. With your help, it will.

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