Category Archives: Norwood House

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The Norwood House is the fenced white structure on city parkland located at the northwest corner of the intersection of I-35 and Riverside Drive (See Map) . The 9-acre property was once a showcase Arts & Crafts estate, featuring a high-style 1922 bungalow home – surrounded by gardens with a greenhouse, gazebo and walkways – beautifully sited overlooking the Colorado River and downtown. To the east of the house, on lower ground, were arbored bathhouses, a spring-fed swimming pool, and a pecan orchard. Today the former estate is known as Norwood Park, and the house – though recently stabilized – is no longer usable. The other historic features are long since gone, with the lower grounds currently used as a leash free dog park. The former pool is filled in with dirt.

The Norwood Posse was an advocacy group based in SRCC and directed by local resident, Wolf Sittler. The Posse continued efforts that started in the 1990s, after the City acquired the property and in response to the City’s willingness to allow it to deteriorate. Thanks in part to pressure from the Posse and SRCC members, the Parks and Recreation Department commissioned a Feasibility Study and produced the “Preferred Alternative for Norwood Park.” It was adopted by the PARD Board in December of 2011 and included the Posse’s main objective: to restore & repurpose the historic Norwood House.

The posse has since morphed into a new organization, the Norwood Park Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. In 2013 NPF negotiated a multi-year public/private partnership agreement with the City of Austin to restore the house and operate it as a rental venue & community space. Members of the former Posse will keep us apprised of NPF’s progress in posts below.
Liaison: Wolf Sittler 447-2150

Norwood Estate Historic Marker Unveiling

All neighbors are welcome to come to a ceremony for the unveiling of the new historic marker at the Norwood Estate! Various city officials will be in attendance. Friday, April 28 10:00am 1012 Edgecliff Terrace

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Norwood House Foundation Update

The latest news about the Norwood Foundation’s effort to restore the lovely Norwood House overlooking Lady Bird Lake can be found here: Norwood Park Foundation News: http://www.norwoodparkfoundation.org/news/

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Norwood House Update: October 2015

The following post is reprinted from the upcoming Fall 2015 SRCC Neighborhood Newsletter and written by Colleen Theriot of the Norwood Park Foundation: Have you been up on the hill at Norwood lately? The site of the house is looking … Continue reading

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Norwood House Update (and Volunteer Opportunity)

The Norwood Park Foundation announced several exciting updates on their progress in March. Accomplishments included completion of the new foundation, stabilization of the house’s wood structure and schematic plan finalization prior to additional fundraising. With a grant from SRCC, the Foundation … Continue reading

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The changing face and fate of the Norwood House

Alongside the demolition and new construction is the renovation of the Norwood House. Once one of the finest properties in Austin, it has escaped demolition by neglect thanks to SRCC volunteers and others. The last post showed the first photos … Continue reading

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