Preserving Our South Austin Story

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Preservation Austin for supporting our efforts over the years and for honoring us this month with a $5,000 matching grant to pursue a National Register Historic District application for Travis Heights and Fairview Park.

We are a group of neighborhood residents who have been working toward this NRHD designation for more than 10 years. Some smaller areasĀ or blocks within the neighborhood are also planning to pursue Local Historic District designations but, as of today, none have been created yet.

Travis Heights’ and Fairvew Park’s distinctive eclecticism has evolved over 100 years and today our neighborhood holds the most diverse collection of historic architectural styles remaining in Austin, ranging from the late 1880s Victorians through 1967 Mid-Century Moderns and everything in-between. Laid out in harmony with our picturesque natural environment, the colorful old houses, decorated yards, winding streets, dramatic hillsides, wooded trails and creeks all contribute to its unique character.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archaeological resources.

Under Federal Law, the listing of a property in the National Register places no restrictions on what a non-federal owner may do with their property up to and including destruction, unless the property is involved in a project that receives Federal assistance, usually funding or licensing/permitting.

Learn more about National Register districts:

http://www.thc.texas.gov/preserve/projects-and-programs/national-register-historic-places

Learn about the History of Travis Heights and Fairview Park

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