The restroom service tower at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery will be renovated to provide updated services and ADA compliance to the over 90 year old structure. The renovation includes a fully accessible restroom and will preserve the historic architecture and features. Access to the park road, administration building, and entry will not be impacted during the renovation. The restroom tower will be closed during construction.

Project Background

Remediation of asbestos and lead materials is now complete. Construction is anticipated in February 2022 after the bidding and negotiation phase. Portable toilets will be available on site during construction.

Image of the existing service tower restroom

Project Background

Austin Memorial Park Cemetery was built in 1927, with the caretaker’s cottage (main administration building now) and ‘tower’ restroom in 1928, by a private company, Austin Memorial Park Corporation, and architect Will Harry Chambers.

Project Description

The proposed restroom renovation will provide a family restroom with a locking latch from the inside. The ADA compliant restroom will include a 4-foot-wide accessible path, new lavatory sink, mirror, floor mounted toilet, baby changing station, hand dryer, grab bars, new ventilation, and LED lighting with occupancy sensors.

All proposed improvements inside the restroom will maintain the historical character while providing updated features. No changes to the exterior façade are proposed. All wood windows, trim and doors will be refurbished or replaced with like materials in accordance with historic preservation practices.

Proposed restroom section and details

Anticipated Project Schedule

  • December 2020: Start of design phase for renovation drawings.
  • June 2021: 100% construction drawings complete
  • Summer 2021: Permit submittal and bid phase
  • Fall 2021- Winter 2021/2022: Project Construction

Contact

PARD Project Coordinator: James Wheeler, james.wheeler@austintexas.gov  239-974-9413