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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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February, 2019
2019/2/12 16:00:00

February, 2019 - Time is downright flying as our professional team continues to work through Site Development Permitting and we continue our focus on stewarding the Norwood site and, especially, fundraising. The matching grant opportunity from Austin Parks Foundation continues; we’re proud that APF is recognizing the merits of our work with this grant, and we hope our community will rise to the challenge. Please consider a gift to the Norwood Park Foundation NOW, when it will be doubled!

We have also welcomed a new board member: Gary Furman, FAIA. Gary is a longtime architect in Austin and brings formidable talents to the project; we are thrilled to have him!

In other news, the UT Ransom Center is hosting a major exhibition on the Arts & Crafts Movement through mid-July: ... /rise-of-everyday-design/  The 1922 Norwood House is a prime example of an Arts & Crafts bungalow; we urge all friends of the Norwood project and historic preservation in general to check out this fabulous exhibition at the Ransom Center.

Our thanks again to Austin Parks Foundation for the matching grant opportunity - and everybody, click on that gold button and please donate! 

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