5/22

PRESERVATION AUSTIN ANNOUNCES PURCHASE OF 3805 RED RIVER

Preservation Austin, the city’s leading nonprofit voice for historic preservation, is thrilled to announce its purchase of the Streamline Moderne City of Austin Landmark at 3805 Red River Street. This move represents the organization’s first major investment in historic buildings in decades. In 2014 Preservation Austin’s advocacy led City Council to protect the threatened building through historic zoning with significant public support. This purchase now brings these efforts full circle.

The prominent landmark stands in the Hancock neighborhood at Red River and E. 38th Streets. It is one of only a few Streamline Moderne houses in Austin, with a style inspired by the power and speed of 1930s ocean liners and steam engines. The home’s unusual design, with sweeping horizontal lines and a distinctive fin with porthole cutouts, has made it a local favorite since its completion in 1947.

“We’re so grateful to our members for making this project possible,” says Vanessa McElwrath, President of Preservation Austin's Board of Directors. “Preservation Austin is excited to make this incredible house shine once again, and looks forward to working with the neighborhood and city to develop plans that will sustain it, and our nonprofit, for years to come.”

Preservation Austin has a long tradition of saving historic buildings through investment. Over the years the nonprofit has contributed nearly $3 million to preservation projects citywide, including purchasing and/or rehabilitating such landmarks as Congress Avenue’s Tips Building and the Eugene Bremond House; providing planning grants to St. Edwards University and Laguna Gloria; supporting early preservation efforts for the Paramount Theatre; and providing crucial funding to save the Driskill Hotel from demolition in the 1970s. Its current matching grant program has given nearly $60,000 to local neighborhoods, nonprofits, and building owners for preservation projects since 2016.