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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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September, 2020
2020/8/31 22:26:03

 September, 2020 - Another summer has passed for the precious Norwood House - hopefully the last one it will have to endure as an “ugly duckling.” The project has made huge strides over these many weeks even with the difficulties of the pandemic. We have secured our Certificate of Appropriateness from the Landmarks Commission, gotten to the 90% mark on our Construction Documents, and are very nearly done with both of our Site Development Permits. It’s been an enormous amount of work from our board and the whole professional team. Barring anything unexpected, we will wrap this up and be “shovel-ready” at the site by the end of the month. What happens after that depends on negotiations with the City on phasing of the restoration construction, in a way that allows access to the $3m in municipal funding that we secured with our advocacy in 2018. Stay tuned, and please DONATE if you haven’t already - we need everyone’s help to finish this amazing project that will benefit everybody in Austin. Thank you!

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