Buford Tower originally served as a training facility for Austin firefighters between 1930 and 1970.  In 1978, the tower was restored and dedicated to Austin Fire Department Captain James Buford. The structure is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and houses the Kitchen Memorial Chimes.

PROJECT BACKGROUND

Buford Tower is a six-story brick building that was constructed in 1930 as the Austin Fire Drill Tower and served as training facility for Austin firefighters until the 1970s. The building was designed by architects Hugo F. Kuehne, Sr. and J. Roy White and constructed by Rex D Kitchens. In 1978, the tower was restored by the Austin Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction and was dedicated to Austin Fire Department Captain James Buford, who was the first Austin fire fighter to die in the line of duty. The building also houses the Kitchen Memorial Chimes. The structure has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2016 and is part of the City of Austin’s parkland system and maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department. The Austin Firefighters Association’s holds its annual 9/11 memorial at the site.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION 

The Buford Tower incurred fire damage in April 2021 and will be undergoing repairs. Damaged brick, windows, and concrete plinth will be repaired and replaced in accordance with historic preservation standards. The surrounding landscaping will also be restored along with updates to the interior electrical components and carillon chimes.

Image of damaged Buford Tower

ANTICIPATED PROJECT SCHEDULE

Winter 2021/2022: Permit submittal and bid phase

Spring/Summer 2022: Construction complete

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information or questions, contact Alyssa Tharrett by email or phone at (512) 974-9508.