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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.


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


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Architectural Renderings
Main/south entrance to the future Norwood venue from the new parking garden.
Courtesy Mell Lawrence Architects and Ten Eyck Landscape Architects
Final visioning of Norwood House terrace with Sunken Lookout below; wide view from the east gardens.
Courtesy Campbell Landscape Architecture
Detail of Sunken Lookout with ravine bridge, overlooking Lady Bird Lake and city skyline.
Courtesy Campbell Landscape Architecture
East gable of Norwood House and historic gardens with event lawn. Terrace and areas on (R) overlook Lady Bird Lake just out of view.
Courtesy Mell Lawrence Architects and Ten Eyck Landscape Architects
Entry Hall of the Norwood House as accessed from front porch. Fireplace, built-in cabinets, mulled windows and other iconic elements of the bungalow are featured.
Courtesy Mell Lawrence Architects
Terrace and adjacent Gathering Court viewed from NW cliff area. Board-formed concrete of Auxiliary structure can be seen on (R).
Courtesy Mell Lawrence Architects and Ten Eyck Landscape Architects
Main Event Hall of the Norwood House. Interior is completely opened up and two sets of double doors open directly onto the terrace. Gable rooms provide additional space.
Courtesy Mell Lawrence Architects
East gable room (original sleeping porch) of the Norwood House, looking out to gazebo, greenhouse and gardens. Original Arts & Crafts wood screens are a highlight.
Courtesy Mell Lawrence Architects
Site Plan for Phase 2 of the Norwood Project as submitted for permitting. Includes historic elements, new structures and new connecting outdoor spaces and infrastructure.
Courtesy Campbell Landscape Architecture

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