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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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2013/8/7 4:30:00

Weeks of 8/5 & 8/12/13 - Boy it was hard to come back to dear old Austin after the cool temps of the Colorado high country. But...Norwood beckons. Not a whole lot to report right now as summer vacation & travel schedules play out amongst all the many people involved in Norwood. But, importantly, surveyors are on-site at the Norwood tract this week. And we continue to work on all the many issues that comprise planning for Phase I of the restoration. We eagerly anticipate our first post-Agreement powwow with PARD staff - standard procedure in such projects that introduces all of us to each other and helps us get on the same page from the start. There’s a lot to learn during this transition period - your help & suggestions are most welcome. 

2013/7/22 17:42:56

Weeks of 7/22 & 7/29/13 - With the signing of the Norwood Agreement by the City Mgr. & all other parties now in the history books, we at NPF have earned a bit of a summer break. Accordingly, we’re on “Norwood Lite” status over the next few weeks. We’ll have some big announcements coming up in August & September as hands-on work at the Norwood site approaches. In the meantime, enjoy your summer! 

2013/7/17 1:51:02

 Week of 7/15/13 - NEWSFLASH - Houston, we have a project! The City Manager signed our Parkland Improvement, Management & Operations Agreement last week. It’s official, folks - the Norwood Park Foundation advances to “GO”. The PIMOA represents years of concentrated effort and decades of desire by Norwood’s many friends to accomplish a plan to save the house. Though the task ahead is daunting, we couldn’t be happier about getting started. Of course, we’re already well into many aspects of what it’s going to take to bring Norcliff back to life. Stay tuned for further reports on site planning & other activities.

2013/7/9 1:50:00

Week of 7/8/13 - Folks, whether you're a new visitor or have been a fan of the Norwood project for years, we have great news to share: on Thursday, 6/20/13, in his last official act as President of the Norwood Park Foundation, Wolf Sittler signed the City's "Parkland Improvement, Management & Operations Agreement" (PIMOA) to restore & operate the Norwood House. Whoo hoo! The signing took place at City Hall. The PIMOA has already been signed by Legal and PARD, so after the City Manager signs (expected imminently), the long-sought plan will be official. After almost 30 years of wishing & hoping, a fully realized path to a new life for Norcliff is finally in place. Thanks to our Council sponsors Riley & Morrison, and all the friends of Norwood who've gotten us to this seminal milestone. Watch for more news as we get underway with site planning & other initiatives. ï»¿ï»¿ï»¿ï»¿

2013/3/25 21:00:00

 Week of 3/25/13 - Friends, we are proud to share that the past two months have been filled with accomplishments for the Norwood Park Foundation. In February, we received the long-sought Agreement from the City of Austin to restore and operate the Norwood House. Two weeks later, NPF hired its first Project Manager to ensure continued success as we enter the next level of planning. And now we've learned that local nonprofit support agency Greenlights has selected NPF for inclusion at its Board Summit in June. This is a significant recognition for our young Foundation as well as a great opportunity to enlist new board members and engage the business community in our endeavor. Next up: signing the Agreement and launching a campaign! Stay tuned. 

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