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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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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 actively involved and 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, Brad - recently retired from 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. www.charlesdipiazza.com

Vice-Chair & Project Director - Teri O'Glee

Teri initially 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, including The HeartGift Foundation, J. Hughes Consulting, KIPP Austin Public Schools, KIPP:Dallas-Fort Worth, and most recently, The Ann Richards School Foundation. She maintains an independent consulting business, TO Consulting, and 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

At-Large - the Honorable Chris Riley

Chris served on the Austin City Council from 2009-2015. He wanted the City to be a good steward of Norwood Park and was enthusiastic about the Posse's vision for it, so he helped NPF establish its public/private partnership agreement with the City. After leaving Council, Chris spent time in NYC earning a Master's in Urban Placemaking from Pratt Institute. On return to Austin, he joined NPF's board. He remains committed to completion of the Norwood project and full realization of Norwood's potential as an exceptional urban green space, an important historic landmark, and a crucial connecting gateway.

Chris is a former attorney who is well known for his passionate support of the cycling community. On a related note to Norwood, he is bringing another passion - for historic preservation - to a different 1920s bungalow: renovating and expanding one right next door to his own downtown home. In doing so, another historic home gets a new lease on life, and our town gets much-needed multifamily infill housing. Win/win!

At-Large - Gary Furman, FAIA, LEED AP

Gary is a native Texan, UT grad, and the founding principal of Furman + Keil Architects. Having lived in the Travis Heights neighborhood - just blocks from the Norwood House - for the last 40 years, Gary felt compelled to contribute to its restoration. He is a true believer that human beings yearn for a connection to the physical, cultural, and spiritual world around them and that architecture must play a role enhancing these connections.

Gary’s professional life extends beyond his practice into many facets of the community. His volunteer work has included the design of low-income housing with the City of Austin’s Alley Flat Initiative, and he also actively participates in the mentorship of younger architects. Through involvement with the UT School of Architecture, the AIA’s Leadership Collective, and the TX Society of Architects’ Mentorship program, Gary is passing it forward.

In 2011 Gary received his Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in recognition for his contributions to the profession. That same year, Furman + Keil Architects received AIA Austin’s Firm Achievement Award, the highest honor that AIA Austin can bestow for outstanding contributions to the community, profession, and the creation of distinguished architecture. Furman + Keil’s work has also been featured on Austin homes tours and in local, state and international publications.  www.fkarchitects.net 

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.

At-Large - Mary Love "Bitsy" Henderson

Bitsy is a principal in Henderson Mallory Partners, accomplished Austin professionals in philanthropic development, leadership and support. She is a Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and was the founding president of Austin's Ronald McDonald House. Bitsy is drawn to the passion and commitment of the longtime effort to save and repurpose Norwood, the authenticity of this "old Austin" project, and the no-brainer revenue generation potential for Austin taxpayers.

At-Large - Steven H. Sproull, Attorney at Law

A longtime business attorney in Austin, Steve has been a friend to NPF since before it was even incorporated. He has a passion for historic preservation, having formerly officed in the Bremond Block Historic District in downtown Austin. Steve has been a valued advisor to the Norwood project over the years and we are most grateful to welcome him as our newest Director.

Vision Team

Mell Lawrence Architects - Project Architecture

       Mell Lawrence, FAIA, Principal   www.architecturalpolka.com

Ten Eyck Landscape Architects - Conceptual Master Plan for Landscape

       Christy Ten Eyck, FASLA, President   www.teneyckla.com

Campbell Landscape Architecture - Landscape Architecture

       Cameron Campbell, ASLA, Principal  www.campbellla.com

Dunaway Associates (formerly Urban Design Group) - Civil Engineering

       Laura Toups, P.E., LEED AP, Vice President  dunawayassociates.com  

Leap!Structures - Structural Engineering

       Rik Haden, P.E., Assoc. AIA, Partner   www.leapstructures.com

Benz Resource Group - Project Management

       Susan Benz, AIA, President   www.benzresourcegroup.com  

Participating Professionals

Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors - Restoration Construction

https://austin.hwgc.com

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

 

The Barr Company - Project Estimating

Maricela Barr, AIA, President   www.thebarrcompany.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

 

Austex Fence & Deck - Security Site Fencing

David Lockett, Owner   www.austexfenceanddeck.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

Charlotte Bell Photography - Photography

Charlotte Bell, Owner www.charlottebell.com

Ridout Barrett - CPAs & Business Consulting

www.ridoutbarrett.com

Frost Bank - Financial Services

www.frostbank.com

Logical Things - IT & Website Services

Art Thompson, Owner  logicalthings.com

Atelier Wong Photography - Architectural Photography

Patrick Wong, Owner  atelierwong.com

Advisory Council

The Honorable Frank Cooksey

Burke Fort

Craig Staley

Wolf Sittler

Lori Martin

Claudette Lowe

Jean Mather

Michael Strutt

Molly Richard

Court Thieleman

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