Making a Difference

Since our founding in 1953, Preservation Austin (originally the Heritage Society of Austin) has sustained many dozens of preservation projects in our community, from saving individual buildings to supporting survey work and historic districts. The following includes grants and loans given between 1956 and 2001, to the tune of $2,852,684.

Stay tuned for a more updated list soon!


Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farm: $316,794.86 in grants for restoration of structures moved to Farm, furnishings for Homestead House, master plan and security system.


Penn House (3112 West Avenue): Purchased, preserved, used as HSA Headquarters, sold as residence.


Charles Lundberg Bakery (1006 Congress): Purchased, preserved, sold to State of Texas.

1971-1999 Loans in the amount of $871,535.00 have been made or committed on the following structures:

Driskill, Day Ford Building (403 East 6th Street)
Morley Brothers-Grove Drug Building (209 East 6th Street)
Julia Trask House (600 block East 3rd Street)
W.J. Oliphant House (3900 Avenue G)
Brizendine House (507 West 11th Street)
Commercial Building (713 East 6th Street)
Smith-Bickler House (504 West 14th Street)
Weisiger-White House (4104 Avenue F)
Southgate Lewis House (1501 East 12th Street)
Pompee-Holland House
The Academy (400 Academy Drive)
Old Taylor Bank Building (200 Main Street, Taylor, TX)
Hurt House (2210 San Gabriel)
Penn House (3112 West Avenue)
Cedar Street Court (208-214 West 4th Street)
Randerson-Lindahl Building (701 East 6th Street)
Fischer House (1100 West Avenue)
Newton House (1013 East 9th Street)
Wolf House (1602 East 1st Street)
Lyons House (1001 East 8th Street)
Hill House (905 West 21st Street)
Dill-White House (1110 East 11th Street)
Bailey-Houston House (4110 Speedway)
Wright-Giles House (4301 North IH-35)
Stone House (1811 Newton)

1972-1997 Planning Grants in the amount of $51,797.00 have been made on the following projects:

Inventory of 19th century buildings in original city
East Austin Historic Structures Inventory
St. Edward’s University Planning Grant
Austin State Hospital Planning Grant
Hirshfeld Complex Measured Drawings
Congress Avenue Study
Laguna Gloria Grant for schematic design to adapt Davis Hardware Building for downtown museum
Hyde Park Neighborhood Association National Register Nomination
Hancock Log Cabins Documentation
Congress Avenue Beautification
Laguna Gloria Estate Planning Grant

1973-2001 Expenditures in the amount of $237,863.86 for restoration, beautification, and related efforts:

Driskill Hotel Corp Stock Purchase
Facade Work on Driskill Hotel
Trees for East 6th Street honoring Katherine Hart
Facade Work on Walter Tips Building
Association for Preservation Technology
Historic Landmark’s Litigation
Walter Tips House Moving Expense
Hirshfeld Mansion and Cottage
Capitol Centennial Candles
Live Oak Homes Festival
National Trust Main Street Conference
Awards Program
Junior League of Austin
Congress Avenue Beautification Program
B.J. Smith House Facade Cleaning
Austin Steam Train Association
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: Scarborough Barn Relocation


Flower Hill (Richmond Kelley Smoot House - 1316 West 6th Street): Historic Structures Report, preservation, survey, $456,548.00; Flower Hill Endowment Fund, $150,000.00.

1973-2001 Restoration and Facade Grants in the amount of $724,695.94 have been made or committed on the following structures:

Goodman Building (200 West 13th Street)
Brizendine House (507 West 11th Street)
Commercial Building (908 Congress Avenue)
Southwestern Telephone and Telegraph Building (410 Congress Avenue)
W.T. Caswell House (1502 West Avenue)
Commission General Provision Building (501-03 East 6th Street)
Paggi House (200 Lee Barton Boulevard)
Millett Opera House (112 East 9th Street)
Suter Buildings (308-314 Congress Avenue)
Austin History Center - Old Main Library Building (810 Guadalupe Street)
Elisabet Ney Museum (304 East 44th Street)
St. Edward’s University (3100 South Congress Avenue)
Daniel H. Caswell House (1404 West Avenue)
Hose Company No. 6 Firehouse (3002 Guadalupe Street)
Laguna Gloria Art Museum (3809 West 35th Street
Elisabet Ney Sculpture Conservatory (304 East 44th Street)
Lundberg Bakery (1006 Congress Avenue)
Paramount Theatre (713 Congress Avenue)
Texas State Capitol (1100 Congress Avenue)
Governor’s Mansion (1010 Colorado Street)
Mayfield Park Main House (3600 West 35th Street)
Jacob Larmour House (1711 Rio Grande Street)
Walter Tips House (2336 South Congress Avenue)
Mason Brewer House (1108 Chicon Street)
El Buen Pastor Presbyterian Church (1200 Willow Street)


Eugene Bremond House (404 West 7th Street): Purchased, sold to preservationist.


Hirshfeld Mansion and Cottage (303-305 West 9th Street): Purchased, sold to preservationist, restoration completed in 1980.


Walter Tips Building and Eilers-Tips Building (708-712 Congress Avenue): Purchased, exposed original second floor facade of Walter Tips Building; sold to preservationist.


Jacob Larmour House (1901 Whitis, moved to 1711 Rio Grande): Purchased demolition contract; moved and deeded to preservationist who has adapted house for offices.

1979-2000 Education grants in the amount of $98,421.85 have benefited the following projects:

Weigl Brothers Iron Works Exhibit at Laguna Gloria
Texas State Historical Association Film Grant
Texas State Historical Association Grant
Texas Chapter AIA Research Grant
Texas Chapter AIA Publications Grant
Archivist Seminar, Austin History Center
George Washington Carver Branch Library Grant
Architecture School Scholarship
Abner Cook Monograph Research
Philip D. Creer Fellowship in Historic Preservation
Jane Smoot Teaching Excellence Award
Blake Alexander Fellowship UT Austin
Quality of Life Foundation, Capital City Chronicles
Quality of Life Foundation, Leadership ‘89 Tour Tape
New Sweden ‘88 Translation Project
Architecture Week
O. Henry Manuscripts
Heritage Alliance
Austin History Curriculum for 3rd and 7th grade
Historic Resources Survey of Rainey Street National Register Historic District


Sesquicentennial Project: Restoration and furnishing of Governor’s Reception Room, State Capitol

Total Grants, Loans and Related Preservation, Education and Enhancement Expenditures through August 2001: $2,852,684.40