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July 1, 2013

Preservation Texas Newsletter

What's Happening Around Texas





You can now go to the Preservation Texas website and download the application forms for the 2013 Honor Awards. Deadline is August 31, 2013, and the reception to announce the winners is scheduled for December 5 in San Antonio. Stay tuned for more updates in the e-newsletter and on our website.




One of the many reasons to join Preservation Texas is we can help you market your organization or business to more than 2,500 individuals across the state and country. We will feature your successes and best practices in one of our e-newsletters, post your events in PT's e-newsletter and website, and list you in our Membership Directory. Discounts and special invitations to annual workshops and special events, plus more! And, don’t forget—“Book it!” program still going on, so renew or join at the $100 Texian level and get a free book, while they last.

On a personal note, it has been a pleasure serving as PT’s Office and Membership Manager for the past 14 months. Thank you for the chance to work closely with such passionate Texans!



Terri Schexnayder, Office & Membership Manager



Colleen Theriot lives in a striking West Austin bungalow, which she and her husband built in 2005, after Colleen fell in love with bungalows and the Arts & Crafts Movement in the 1990s. Her passion for all things from this period eventually led her to discover the endangered Norwood House on Riverside Drive. The 1920s Arts & Crafts estate showcased an Oriental-influenced, California Craftsman bungalow with a breathtaking view of the Colorado River (now Lady Bird Lake). It had the wide porch, low-pitched roof with upturned gable peaks, tapered brick & river rock pillars, horizontal lines and unusual trim that exemplified California Arts & Crafts style.

"When I walked up to the house in June of 2011 and saw the Oriental features of the openwork front gable trim, my mouth literally fell open. I knew right then and there that my life was going to change," said Colleen.

Colleen recently took over as President of the Norwood Park Foundation. Standing proud at City Hall on June 20 with the former “Norwood Posse” team, named in 2008 by outgoing NPF President Wolf Sittler, Colleen was deeply satisfied to see Sittler sign the "Parkland Improvement, Management & Operations Agreement" (PIMOA) that promises to rejuvenate the special property. This landmark occasion came after decades of efforts by Travis Height residents and various groups to save and repurpose the home.

"Norcliff" (as the house was named by its owners) was built in 1922 by prominent businessman Ollie Norwood and his wife Calie Gove Norwood. After the couple sold the home in the 1950s, subsequent owners lived there until it fell vacant, was moved offsite, and began a slow, but steady, decline thanks to vagrants and the passage of time. Though the City wisely purchased the entire 9-acre Norwood tract in 1985 for public parkland, no public funds have ever been available to care for the house itself.

Colleen is excited about the plans to restore this once-beautiful landmark. "With help from the community, our foundation will not only save this classic home for posterity, but in doing so, we'll create a self-sustaining public park asset that all Austinites and visitors can enjoy," she shared. "My ultimate hope is that the restoration of this precious bungalow, in its highly visible location, might inspire owners of other small, older homes to do the same, thus preserving the character of our historic neighborhoods." 


Around the State

First Lady's Texas Treasures Award Nominations Being Accepted


Historical marker to be dedicated
Albany News


July 25, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Join Gerald Moorehead, FAIA; Anna Mod, and Mario Sanchez, as they present the first in a series of books on the Buildings of Texas. For more information or RSVP to

July 27, 9 a.m. – 1p.m.: Preservationm Austin presents Windows Restoration Workshop. $75 per person with refreshments provided. Buy Tickets


Sign up for some “Summer Sizzler” educational events and workshops Registration required so check out the July dates, call 214-821-3290 or email Preservation Dallas

Texas auction house to sell leg irons that held abolitionist John Brown before ...
Washington Post

El Paso

Architecture society in El Paso urges preservation, not demolition
El Paso Times

Fort Worth

Carter Home Demolition


A chance to preserve a Galveston landmark, Daily News - Galveston County


Chet Garner, of PBS' “The Daytripper,” spent day in Georgetown on final episode of Season 4.


Heritage Documentation Programs: The Astrodome is represented in the nation's largest archive of historic architectural, engineering, and landscape documentation. 


Cotullans talk history, boom during marker unveilingLaredo Morning Times


Historic video of downtown Longview goes viral Longview News-Journal




Historic log cabin in Orange to be torn down

San Antonio

Sept. 7, 2013: Texas Land Office’s annual Save Texas History Symposium.  Don’t miss The Alamo:  Mission and Myth.

National Parks Service Agrees Tower Too Big, San Antonio Conservation Society

San Marcos

Samantha Armbruster joins Main Street

More News & Resources

National Preservation Conference Special Early Bird Discount Extension/Earn Continuing Education Units. Click here to search for sessions.

Sept. 26-28, 2013: Registration now open for 2013 AAO Conference in Boston.

July 18 Webinar: Funding Rural America:  Finding new grants for small communities.


National Trust for Historic Preservation “Most Endangered Places”

10 ways to fight for your local post office – U.S. National Trust for Historic Preservation

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