Austin History Center

Grace McEvoy Collection of Austin Revitalization Authority Photographs and Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: McEvoy, Grace
Title: Grace McEvoy Collection of Austin Revitalization Authority Photographs and Papers
Inclusive Dates: 2000-2006
Abstract: Collection of photographs and text materials documenting the work of the Austin Revitalization Authority.
Identification: AR.2008.003
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX, 78768

Administrative History

The Austin Revitalization Authority (ARA) is a non-profit development corporation that is focused on restoring the cultural and economic viability of the Central East Austin Community. In May of 1996 the ARA contracted with the City of Austin to assist the community in developing the Central East Austin Master Plan and the E.11th and 12th Streets Community Redevelopment Plan. These plans guide development of the area bounded by I-35, Airport Blvd, E. 7th Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Initial funding came from the City of Austin, with additional funding coming from private developers and others interested in supporting the ARA. Projects that the ARA has developed include the Haehnel Building, Victory Grill, Eleven East, Legacy Estates and Urdy Plaza.

Grace McEvoy is the photographer and media technician at the Austin History Center.

Scope and Contents

The majority of this collection consists of photos taken by Grace McEvoy documenting the work of the Austin Revitalization Authority (ARA) from 2000-2006. There is also a limited amount of collected printed materials that document ARA projects.


This collection is arranged into 2 series:
I. Photos and Negatives (in chronological order)
II. Text Documents


Restrictions on Access


Restrictions on Use

Restriction 03: These photographs may not be photoduplicated without the written permission of the photographer.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Davis, Ron
Doggett, Lloyd
Getter, Kerry
Jackson, Alfonso
Marshall, Byron C.
Urdy, Charles
Austin Revitalization Authority
Austin (Tex.)
East Austin (Austin, Tex.)
Haehnel Building (Austin, Tex.)
Street -Jones Building (Austin, Tex)
Urdy Plaza (Austin, Tex.)
Central business districts--Texas--Austin--East Austin
City planning--Texas--Austin--East Austin
Historic buildings--Texas--Austin.
East End Soul Fest -- Austin--East Austin
Document Types:
Magazine Articles

Related Material

Austin Files Subject – Austin Revitalization Authority U5000 (2)

A 307.3416 AU Austin Revitalization Authority

New Visions of Central East Austin

Separated Material

Periodicals were moved to the Periodicals Collection

Austin Revitalization Authority Newsletter Spring 2004

East End Update (various dates)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Photos taken and materials gathered, donated and processed by Grace McEvoy.

Preferred Citation

Grace McEvoy Collection of Austin Revitalization Authority Photographs and Papers (AR.2008.003), Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2004/110

Donation Date: 2008-01-17

Processing Information

Processing by Grace McEvoy/2008.

Finding Aid Encoded by Evan Usler/2010.

Updates by Nicole Davis/2014.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Box Folder
1 1 Balcones Recycling groundbreaking, 2000 September
2 Haehnel Building before restoration, 2001
3 Heahnel Building ribbon cutting and Eleven East groundbreaking, 2001
4 Haehnel Building restoration, March 2001
5 Eleven East groundbreaking, October 2001
6-7 Heahnel Building restored, 2001
8 Mayor, council members, Alfonso Jackson, Byron Marshall and Kerry Getter at Balcones Recycling and Eleven East openings, 2001
9 Urdy Plaza construction and completion by Shoehorn Design, 2003
10 East End Soulfest 2004 and Dandelion Café construction, 2004
11 Eleven East opening, Urdy Plaza, Juniper Street, 2004
12 Eleven East ribbon cutting, Queen Lola, Street –Jones Building ribbon cutting, 2004
Box Folder
2 1 Eleven East opening party and event, 2004
2 Eleven East opening – politicians, 2004
3 Eleven East opening with Street and Jones families and Lloyd Doggett, 2004
4 East Eleven opening speeches, 2004
15 East End Soulfest 2004, 2004
6 East End Soulfest 2005, 2005
7 Central East Austin houses, 11th Street, Byron Marshall, 2005
8-9 Ms. Bs. Restaurant opening, 2006
Location Location
Outer Vault Color negatives drawer Color negatives, 2000-2006
B&W negatives drawer Black and white negatives, 2000-2006
Box Folder
3 2 Black and white negatives contact sheets, 2000-2006


Box Folder
3 3 Austin Revitalization Authority project information, 2003-2004
3 Setting the Record Straight: ARA Responds to Questions and Comments Regarding Development in Central East Austin, 2003 August
3 "East 12th Street Renewal Plan to Get Airing Today" The Austin American-Statesman (Jan 17, 2008): pB01., 2008 January 17
3 "From East Austin to East End: Gentrification in Motion" The Good Life (November 2004), 2004 November
3 Invitation from Balcones Recycling, undated