Advocacy

For over 60 years, Preservation Austin has been Austin’s leading voice for the preservation of historic buildings and places. As a result of our advocacy and financial support, 300 historic properties, including Austin treasures like the Driskill Hotel, Paramount Theater, Governor’s Mansion, Laguna Gloria, and many private residences have been preserved.

In the last several years, we successfully advocated to maintain tax abatements for City Landmark properties and adoption of a Local Historic Districts program. We are monitoring implementation of these districts, urging the city to expedite applications in process and we are offering grants on a needs basis to assist neighborhoods in developing their applications. Currently, we are vigorously advocating to preserve the threatened Capitol View Corridors. We are actively participating in developing the new Downtown Plan to ensure that future development respects and complements Downtown's historic character, especially in historically residential neighborhoods.

In August 2009, we successfully advocated for changes to Austin's Preservation Ordinance to meet the standards of our peer cities. See Selected Provisions of the Code of the City of Austin regarding Historic Preservation.

Preservation Austin also maintains a Watch List of threatened properties and advocates on their behalf. Click here to notify us of a historic property at risk or a preservation issue of concern.