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Historic Preservation Plan
Translating Community History
Historic Design Standards
North Loop, Hancock, and Upper Boggy Creek Historic Resources Survey
University, Windsor, and Hyde Park Historic Resources Survey
A new historic preservation plan will replace Austin’s 1981 preservation plan with an inclusive, equity-focused, and community-oriented process and outcome. The planning process will happen in two phases, with Phase 1 starting in July 2021. Visit the project website to learn more and get involved.
The Translating Community History project engaged community members in the College Heights and South East Austin focus areas about the buildings and stories that make an area special. The project included three parts:
- Neighborhood meetings with story-sharing and discussions
- A multi-part heritage project that knits together the past and present through archival research, present-day resident portraits, and personal stories:
- Watch the videos above
- Download the catalog PDFs here: College Heights/African American Heritage, South East Austin/Mexican American Heritage, and Patrimonio Mexicano-Americano y del Sureste de Austin
- See a map with locations and photos of posters featuring community portraits
- Applications to list Huston-Tillotson University (PDF) and Parque Zaragoza (PDF) in the National Register of Historic Places
Translating Community History is supported in part by an Underrepresented Community Grant from the Historic Preservation Fund administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
In fall 2018, the Historic Landmark Commission established a working group to develop clearer, easier-to-use Historic Design Standards. The Historic Design Standards are based on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation that City staff and Historic Landmark Commission members use to evaluate projects and will clarify existing standards for exterior changes to historic buildings. If adopted by City Council, the standards will apply to historic landmarks and newly designated historic districts, as well as all National Register districts on an advisory basis.
The recommended Historic Design Standards were reviewed by the following boards and commissions:
Historic Landmark Commission—November 16, 2020 (read recommendation)
Planning Commission—November 24 and December 8, 2020 (read recommendation)
Zoning and Platting Commission—December 1, 2020 (read recommendation)
Downtown Commission—December 16, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. (recommended)
Design Commission—December 21, 2020, at 6 p.m. (read recommendation)
This historic resources survey will evaluate 45+ year-old buildings in the North Loop, Hancock, and Upper Boggy Creek neighborhood planning areas as potential historic landmarks and historic districts. The survey will include the Delwood Duplex and Wilshire National Register districts.
Cox|McLain Environmental Consulting and Preservation Central is conducting fieldwork, archival research, and community outreach, with survey work expected to be completed in 2020.
Similar to the project above, this historic resources survey will evaluate 45+ year-old buildings in the survey area as potential historic landmarks and historic districts. The survey will include properties in the north portion of the Old West Austin National Register District, as well as properties in the Hyde Park National Register District that are not located in the locally designated Hyde Park Historic District.
HHM & Associates will complete fieldwork, archival research, and community outreach, with survey work expected to be completed in 2020.