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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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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:

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.

Vice-Chair - 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 watched it go from being usefully occupied to being stripped, moved, abandoned and neglected. Over recent 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. A longtime member of the Austin Rowing Club and the Texas Rowing Center, Burke often competes on Lady Bird Lake. 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.

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:

At-Large - Chris Riley

Chris served on the Austin City Council from 2009-2015. He was one of NPF's original champions at the time that the Foundation was establishing its public/private partnership agreement with the City. Recently returned to Austin after time spent in NYC earning a Master's in Urban Placemaking from Pratt Institute, Chris is an attorney and consultant who is well known for his passionate support of the cycling community. 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 connecting gateway to downtown and points west.

At-Large - Craig Staley

Craig and spouse Shelly live very close to the Norwood House in Travis Heights and share a passion for similar period homes, having had many "old house remodel" projects of their own - including the bungalow they live in now. 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.

At-Large - Mary Love "Bitsy" Henderson

Bitsy is a principal in Henderson Mallory Partners, longtime and 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.

Vision Team

Mell Lawrence Architects - Project Architecture

       Mell Lawrence, FAIA, Principal

Ten Eyck Landscape Architects - Conceptual Master Plan for Landscape

       Christy Ten Eyck, FASLA, President

Campbell Landscape Architecture - Landscape Architecture

       Cameron Campbell, ASLA, Principal

Urban Design Group - Civil Engineering

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

Leap!Structures - Structural Engineering

       Rik Haden, P.E., Assoc. AIA, Partner

The Barr Company - Project Estimating

       Maricela Barr, AIA, President  

Participating Professionals

James Nolan Construction - Stabilization Construction

James Nolan, Owner


Eastside Lumber - Construction Materials

Randy Meek, President


Kenyon & Sproull, P.C. - Legal Consulting

Steven H. Sproull, President


Altura Solutions, L.P. - Accessibility Consulting

Jesus “Chuy” Lardizábal, Principal


Jenkins Environmental - Environmental Remediation

Troy Jenkins, Owner


Landmark Surveying, LP Site Surveying

Dana A. Markus-Wolf, President


Capital Geotechnical Services PLLC - Geotechnical Engineering

Nicholas Kauffman, P.E., Owner


Austex Fence & Deck - Security Site Fencing

David Lockett, Owner


River City Structural Movers - Structural Moving

Jery Edgett, Owner


Novium Group LLC - Foundation Contracting

Tyler Walbridge, Managing Member


Holt Concrete Works, Inc. - Foundation Construction

Larry Holt, Owner


Austin Rent Fence - Temporary Site Fencing

James Gill, Owner


Elizabeth Day - Architectural Illustration

Elizabeth A. Day, Owner


Austin Heritage Tree Foundation - Heritage Oaks Consulting

Zoila Vega-Marchena, President

Michael Fossum, Exec. Director 


Heritage Tree Care - Arboriculture Services

Vincent Debrock, Co-Owner


Derks Tree Works - Heritage Tree Care

Jason Derks, Owner

Pac-Van, Inc. - Site Storage

Chris Byer, Branch Manager


theNoise - Web Consulting

Mark Boyden, Owner

Advisory Council

Mayor Frank Cooksey

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


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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