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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. In a perfect world, all of our parks would be fully funded and the assets therein well cared for. But in today’s world, municipal budgets are strained. The City of Austin is no exception.

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 needs of the 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 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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About Us


The Norwood Park Foundation has a strong grass-roots history and evolved from several previous efforts to restore and repurpose the Norwood House by groups such as the South River City Citizens, the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Texas, and the Norwood Posse. NPF was incorporated in the spring of 2012; its first President was Wolf Sittler, a longtime resident of and neighborhood activist in Travis Heights. Wolf remains on NPF's Advisory Council.

Board of Directors

President - Colleen Theriot

Colleen is a Louisiana native and a History major with a longtime passion for architecture, the Arts & Crafts movement, and, especially, the bungalow. She has visited bungalow neighborhoods all over the country and has photographed bungalows in California that are very similar “sister” homes to the Norwood House. She was enchanted by Norcliff and committed to the project from the moment she saw the upturned gable peaks and recognized the Oriental gable ornament over the home’s deteriorated front porch in June of 2011.

Previously, Colleen worked in broadcast and corporate television news as a producer, director and administrator, and then was a full-time mom and active volunteer while putting two sons through the Austin public schools. She and her husband, Dr. Brad Theriot of Austin Oral Surgery Associates, have lived in Austin since 1986. They built two Arts & Crafts homes here, including the Craftsman bungalow they currently reside in that was featured on the AIA Austin Homes Tour in 2006.  Contact: colleen.theriot@norwoodparkfoundation.org

Vice-President - Charles Di Piazza

Charles joined the Board of NPF in 2013, drawn to the potential of the Norwood project and a desire to contribute in Austin's nonprofit community. Prior to founding Charles Di Piazza Architecture in Austin, Charles worked for the internationally recognized offices of Foster + Partners, and David Chipperfield Architects in London. He has been responsible for all phases of design on projects in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Charles consistently endeavors to integrate design with nature, believing that buildings - including the Norwood House - can provoke us toward better social interaction, a more open relationship with nature and more productive and upbeat lives.

Born in Casablanca and raised in the South of France, Charles has become a life-long student of the culture and architectural history of the Mediterranean region. In addition to his practice, Charles is adjunct faculty at The University of Texas School of Architecture in Austin since 2012. He also founded Mediterranean Modern, an architectural touring company dedicated to guiding travelers in the exploration and study of Art and Architecture in and around the Mediterranean region. He is a registered architect in Texas and Massachusetts.

At-Large - Burke Fort

Like so many who are passionate about the Norwood project, Burke has had a “relationship” with the Norwood House for more than thirty years. He lived down the street from it in the early 1980s, and has seen it occupied, then sold, then abandoned, then shoved off to the side, and then wholly neglected. In the last five of those years, Burke has worked with others to reverse that process -- initially as the Foundation's first Project Manager, and now as a member of its Board.

When he's not doing "things Norwood," Burke is a Research Fellow and Associate Director at the U.T. Center for Space Research, with interests ranging from improving extreme weather emergency response systems to floating in NASA's microgravity aircraft. Burke also works with his spouse, educator & author Leila Levinson, to assist children whose parent-veterans are coping with traumatic war experiences. Burke is a longtime member of the Austin Rowing Club and the Texas Rowing Center, competing with some amazing crewmates in regattas on Lady Bird Lake and beyond. He looks forward to the day when he can glance up from rowing past the Norwood tract and see folks enjoying the restored house and grounds.

At-Large - Craig Staley

Craig and spouse Shelly live very close to the Norwood House and share a passion for the bungalow, having had many "old house remodel" projects of their own. They would love to see Norwood brought back to its full glory and usefulness. Craig is a founding partner in Royal Blue Grocery. He co-founded Austin B-Cycle and sits on that board, and serves on the board of the Downtown Austin Alliance as well.

At-Large - Suzy Fields

Suzy is a longtime commercial and residential interior design professional who has worked at such remarkable sites as the White House and the Governor's Mansion. Like so many, she and spouse, Chuck, an architect, were stunned to experience the view from Norwood and are keen to see the property restored and repurposed as an event venue. Suzy has been an active associate of The Junior League of Austin and the Helping Hand Home for Children, among many other organizations.

Staff

Project Manager - Teri O'Glee

Teri joined NPF as Project Manager in mid-2016. A native Austinite, Teri was drawn to Norwood after she experienced the park's amazing view, learned about our mission to restore and repurpose the house, and realized the incredible potential of this "Austin original" cultural asset.

Teri has shared her management and development skills with a wide variety of nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Building upon more than 20 years of experience - including positions with The HeartGift Foundation, J. Hughes Consulting, KIPP Austin Public Schools, KIPP:Dallas-Fort Worth, and most recently, The Ann Richards School Foundation - Teri began her independent consulting business, TO Consulting, in 2008. She brings to the Norwood effort her strong expertise in design and implementation of comprehensive development programs, human resource development, strategic planning, and financial modeling. Contact: teri.oglee@norwoodparkfoundation.org

Vision Team

Mell Lawrence Architects - Project Architecture
   Mell Lawrence, FAIA, Principal   www.architecturalpolka.com

 

Ten Eyck Landscape Architects - Landscape Architecture
   Christy Ten Eyck, FASLA, President   www.teneyckla.com

 

Urban Design Group - Civil Engineering
   Laura Toups, P.E., LEED AP, Vice President   www.udg.com

 

Leap!Structures - Structural Engineering
   Rik Haden, P.E., Assoc. AIA, Partner   www.leapstructures.com

 

The Barr Company - Project Estimating
   Maricela Barr, AIA, President   www.thebarrcompany.com

 

Henderson Mallory PartnersDevelopment

Mary Love “Bitsy” Henderson   www.hendersonmallory.com

Participating Professionals

James Nolan Construction - Stabilization Construction

James Nolan, Owner   www.jamesnolanconstruction.com

 

Eastside Lumber - Construction Materials

Randy Meek, President   www.eastsidelumberaustin.com

 

Kenyon & Sproull, P.C. - Legal Consulting

Steven H. Sproull, President   www.kenyonsproull.com

 

Altura Solutions, L.P. - Accessibility Consulting

Jesus “Chuy” Lardizábal, Principal   www.alturalp.com

 

Jenkins Environmental - Environmental Remediation

Troy Jenkins, Owner   www.jenkinsenviro.com

 

Landmark Surveying, LP Site Surveying

Dana A. Markus-Wolf, President   www.landmarksurveying.com

 

Capital Geotechnical Services PLLC - Geotechnical Engineering

Nicholas Kauffman, P.E., Owner   www.capitalgeotechnical.com

 

Atchley & Associates, LLP - CPA Consulting

Karen Atchley, CPA, Partner   www.atchleycpas.com

 

River City Structural Movers - Structural Moving

Jery Edgett, Owner   www.rcsmllc.com

 

Novium Group LLC - Foundation Contracting

Tyler Walbridge, Managing Member   www.noviumgroup.net

 

Holt Concrete Works, Inc. - Foundation Construction

Larry Holt, Owner   www.holtconcreteworksinc.com

 

Austin Rent Fence - Temporary Site Fencing

James Gill, Owner   www.austinrentfence.com

 

Elizabeth Day - Architectural Illustration

Elizabeth A. Day, Owner   www.elizabethday.com

 

Austin Heritage Tree Foundation - Heritage Oaks Consulting

Zoila Vega-Marchena, President

Michael Fossum, Exec. Director   www.austinheritagetreefoundation.com 

 

Heritage Tree Care - Arboriculture Services

Vincent Debrock, Co-Owner   www.txheritagetreecare.com

 

Derks Tree Works - Heritage Tree Care

Jason Derks, Owner  www.derkstreeworks.com

Pac-Van, Inc. - Site Storage

Chris Byer, Branch Manager  www.pacvan.com

 

theNoise - Web Consulting

Mark Boyden, Owner   www.noise.org

Advisory Council

Mayor Frank Cooksey

Chris Riley

Lori Martin

Wolf Sittler

Claudette Lowe

Jean Mather

Michael Strutt

Steve Sproull

Molly Richard

Bea Fincher

Court Thieleman

Norwood Friends & Supporters

Margaret Adie

Phoebe Allen, Historian

American Bungalow Magazine

Eric Anderson

Diane Atwood, Realtor

Max Atwood

Nicolas Atwood, Realtor

Austin Parks Foundation

Mike Bacon, Bacon Lee & Associates

Alan Barley, AIA, Barley Pfeiffer Architects

Steve Bartolomeo, Sundog Design

Jeff Beckage

Bridgette Beinecke, Architect

Charlotte Bell, Photographer

Herman Bennett

Joe Bennett, AIA, Architect

Elizabeth Bezanson

John Brinkman, Publisher, American Bungalow

Susanna Bond

Sarah Campbell, South River City Citizens

Dawn Cizmar

Clear Channel/Outdoor

Mike Cosgrove, Jenkins Environmental

Griffin Davis

Elizabeth Day, Architectural Illustrator

Melanie Doan

Jason Derks, Heritage Tree Care

John Donisi, Attorney

Niko Druzhinin, Freedom Solar

Dynamic Reprographics

Alfred Engstrand, Alfred's Catering

Quincy Erickson, Fete Accompli

Dr. Sam & Maydelle Fason

Martha Doty Freeman, Historian

Russell & Sally Fresor

Fran Gale, UT School of Architecture

Ken Gates, Frost Bank

Annie Gillespie, Botanical Concerns

Ann Graham

Lisa Graybill

Grayco Partners

Guero's

Linda Guerrero

Linda Halcon

Patti Hansen

August W. Harris, III

Betsy Heard

Michael Heffenan, RA, Architect

Tina Heffernan

Heimsath Architects

Wallace Henderson

Mike Holp, Holp Photography

Warren Hunt

Mike Hurrell, Creation Station Printing

Sam Hurt, Artist

Sally Jacques, Blue Lapis Light

Karen, Ken, Allison & Matthew Jeffries

Inchul "John" Jung

Paulette Kern

Kevin Koch

Richard Kooris

Eugene Kubelka, Kubelka Electric

Julie Leidel, The Bungalow Craft

Carol Lilly

Jane Lingo

Kathleen Littlepage, Littlepage Projects

Hugh Lowe, Attorney

Willow Lucas

Ben Luckens, Lucken/McAdams Foundation

Matt Lynaugh, Artist/Illustrator

Tristan Magnuson

King Mahon, Reliant Controls

Sid Mallory, Henderson Mallory Partners

Shannon Mantrom, Leap to Success


Patsy Martin

Sam & Carol Martin

Melanie Martinez

Esther Matthews

Claire McAdams, Luckens/McAdams Foundation

Lynn McNeil

Metalink Corporation

CMSgt Louis Michell, Norwood Family

Brian Metz

Milto's Cafe

Laura Morrison

Nancy & Robert Neal, Norwood Family

June Nguyen

Max Nofziger

Neal Nuwash

Tere O'Connell, O'C Preservation

Sounthaly "Tune" Outhavong, South River City Citizens

Peter & Caroll Parshall

Ruth Parshall, Architect

David Pastor

Barron Peper

Cynthia Petrick, Norwood Family

Joe Petrick, Norwood Family

Peter Pfeiffer, FAIA, Barley/Pfeiffer Architects

Jean Porter, Norwood Family

Jonathan Preece, Freedom Solar

Shirley Prescott

Preservation Austin

Preservation Texas

Sadia Quddus

Susan Rankin, The Trail Foundation

Regal Plastics

Kathy & Stan Reiser

Dr. Bill & Bitsy Rice

Will Rice

Ben Richard

Dennis Richard

Nohely Rivera

Jose Rivera-Rios

Rep. Eddie Rodriguez

Suzy Gardner Rowley, ProActive Media

Karen Saadeh

Steve Saunders, Attorney

Terri Schexnayder

Jacqui Schraad, Texas State History Museum Foundation

George Eric Schroeder

Rasa Sittler

South River City Citizens Neighborhood Association

Julia & Scott Starkey

Kristen Stephens, Austin Catering

Sara Stevenson

Zach Stirling, Freedom Solar

Lisa Stone

Bill Stout, Austin Parks Foundation

Allison Supancic

Lin Team, The Kinney Company

Dr. Brad Theriot

Tony & Beverly Theriot

Evan Thompson, Preservation Texas

Irene Tobis

Li Tong, Architect

Julia Tzanakakis

Margaret Tzanakakis

Jyll Vertuno, CPCE, Caterer

Paul Vetter, AIA, Architect

Dr. Fred & Beth Voorhees

Colin Wallis, Austin Parks Foundation

Brian Walters

Women's Chamber of Commerce of Texas

Patrick Wong, Atelier Wong Photography

Daniel Woodroofe, RLA, Austin Parks Foundation

Caroline Wright

Connie Young

Eileen & Larry Young


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