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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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Fall 2018
2018/10/13 18:50:00

 Fall 2018 - We have just received the first round of comments back from the City regarding SDP (site development permitting). Our professional team is pouring over this and we’re formulating our response now. Permitting is a long journey for anyone developing a project with the City of Austin and Norwood is no exception. We got a jump on things by having geotechnical work done recently that underlies all the future work, but we expect permitting to take many months.

In other news, we’ll be hosting a book-signing at Norwood on Saturday morning, Nov. 10, from 10am-1pm. The book is a history of the Travis Heights neighborhood so we hope neighbors and anyone interested in “old Austin” will join us! We’ll have complete information and all the latest architectural renderings about the Norwood Project as well. This book would make a great holiday gift - come visit with us and enjoy the gorgeous autumn view from the cliff!

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