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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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Spring, 2019
2019/5/6 3:50:00

Spring, 2019 - Bring on Round 2! As some of you know, site permitting consists of resolving multiple rounds of issues as the details of your plans get scrubbed through all the departments of the city. The first round was as expected - arduous; we’ve wrapped that and are awaiting our next response.

Happy to be working with Benz Resource Group as a new member of our professional team. Susan Benz and her awesome staff are helping us manage the Phase 2 construction of the Norwood project..the transformation of the precious Norwood House from ugly duckling to beautiful swan. Benz is well known for managing other such public/private projects in Austin so Norwood is in good hands.

As ever, we remain focused on long-term care of the Norwood site and our formidable responsibility of 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 excited that our community is rising to the challenge. But..we’re not there yet! Please consider a gift to the Norwood Park Foundation now, when your donation will be doubled. No gift too small, and is needed and appreciated. Thank you!

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