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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, 2019
2019/9/11 22:10:19

Fall, 2019 - We are nearing the end of Site Development Permitting! It has taken longer than we hoped, but we’re almost there. The Norwood project requires 2 site plans, consolidated, and is incredibly complex with impacts from a waterway (Lady Bird Lake), the state (I-35), an urban corridor (Riverside Dr.), residential (Travis Hts.), and we’re on dedicated parkland, to boot. That said, our team is meeting all challenges and with any luck, we’ll be in construction early in the new year.

As ever, we remain focused on fundraising and long-term care of the Norwood site. The heat & drought of this summer has been tough on Norwood’s grounds, but thanks to our steadfast care of the heritage oaks over all these years, the trees are doing well and still look fantastic. Money and effort well-spent, for sure.

The matching grant opportunity from Austin Parks Foundation continues; we’re proud that APF is recognizing the merits of our work and the Norwood project with this grant. PLEASE HELP US by making a gift to the Norwood Park Foundation now, when your donation will be doubled! No gift is too small; your support is needed and appreciated.

Thank you, and thanks to Austin Parks Foundation for making ALL our parks better!

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