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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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Winter, 2019/20
2019/12/21 17:28:07

 Winter, 2019/20 - Newsflash: we recently finished raising the full $250k match offered by Austin Parks Foundation! Big shout out to the Moody Foundation for getting us over the top and to the Still Water Foundation, the Austin Community Foundation and our friend & neighbor Colin Corgan for additional, major support for the project. Underlying it all were YOUR gifts - thanks so much to all our community members who pitched in!

These dollars enabled us to make awesome progress over the fall. The design has been fine-tuned (it’s even better now!) and we’ve made those hard decisions about what is essential now and what can be phased in later when revenue is coming in. We’re getting real close to finish of permitting & documents and recently made the first steps toward selection of our Gen Contractor - https://www.facebook.com/NorwoodParkAustin/

Stay tuned for more updates as we move along toward construction at the site in mid-2020.

We’re wrapping up 2019 by toasting Austin Parks Foundation for making ALL our parks better. Austin would not be the great parks city it is without APF!

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