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

SRCC GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES – Tuesday, February 20th, 2024 7PM

SRCC GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 7:00 PM Hybrid: In-person and Zoom Meeting at Good Shepherd on the Hill, 1700 Woodland Avenue  SRCC: See the future. Shape the future. (www.srccatx.org) MINUTES

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SRCC GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 7:00 PM 

SRCC GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES  (www.srccatx.org) Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 7:00 PM  Zoom Meeting SRCC: See the future. Shape the future. MINUTES

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Book Signing at Norwood House

On November 10th, at 10am, two authors will present their books about Travis Heights and Austin.

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Norwood Project Open House – June 2

The Norwood Park Foundation would like to invite SRCC residents to a special open house at the Norwood House–just for SRCC neighbors. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the house, it sits at the end of Edgecliff Terrace, … Continue reading

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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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