Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Historic Landmark Commission
An Inventory of the Collection
Boards and commissions are an established feature of Austin's (Texas) municipal government. State, federal and Charter provisions establish several of the City's boards and commissions, while most result from the passage of ordinances. Boards and commissions address a multitude of topics including planning, zoning, transportation, parks, libraries and the airport. Their influence and value are significant because they lend a more diverse viewpoint for the City Council to consider, by offering citizens an opportunity to participate in the City's governmental process. A full list of the current City of Austin boards and commissions is available on the City of Austin website.
The Austin Historic Landmark Commission (HLC) was established by the Austin City Council Ordinance No. 740307-A in 1974. The original goal of the HLC was to prepare a Historic Landmark Preservation Plan; establish criteria to be used in determining whether certain buildings, structures, sites, districts, areas, lands and other objects should be designated as historic landmarks; and recommend to the Austin Planning Commission and/or Austin City Council whether certain buildings, structures, sties, lands or areas should be designated historic. The current ordinance (Ordinance No. 20071129-011) has not altered these responsibilities significantly: promote historic preservation activities in Austin; prepare and periodically revise an inventory of the structures and areas that may be eligible for designation as historic landmarks; prepare, review and propose amendments to the Historic Landmark Preservation Plan; and review requests to establish or remove a historic designation, make recommendations on the requests to the Land Use Commission. See Section 2-1-147 of the Austin City Code for full list duties.
The collection contains two series. The first, Commission Meeting Materials (1974-2014), contains meeting agendas and minutes as well as supporting "backup" materials for regular and special called Austin Historic Landmark Commission meetings dated from 1974 to 2014. Included are permit applications for signs to be installed or altered in National Register Districts; requests for permission to remodel already designated historic structures; historic zoning change summary sheets; and discussion and planning materials for the creation of the Austin Historic Preservation Plan and the subsequent Historic Resources Survey. Of interest are the research materials supporting historic zoning change requests for the East Avenue Baptist Church (also known as Juarez-Lincoln Building); Jacob Larmour block (906-922 Congress); Trammel Crow Company building (327 Congress) and several properties in the 1700 block of West 10th Street in Clarksville. In several of these cases the owners of the buildings did not want the structure designated historical but a segment of the community or the Historic Landmark Commission argued for the change causing City Council to grapple with the conflict between the responsibility of preserving the historical nature of the city and personal property rights.
The second series, Annual Reports (1999-2002), contains the commission's annual reports for the years 1999-2000, 2000-2001, and 2001-2002.
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The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.
Materials dating from 1982 to 1984 (excluding materials that are part of the General Collection) were donated by J. P. Barentine, a member of the Historic Landmark Commission during this time period. The remaining materials (agendas and meeting minutes and annual reports) are transferred to the Austin History Center according to the City of Austin Records Control Schedule.
Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Historic Landmark Commission Records (AR.2012.040). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.
Donor #: DO/1980/058
Donation Date: 2001
Materials from by J.P. Barentine were donated in 30+ large manila envelopes. Those materials were removed from the envelopes and foldered with any writing on the envelopes transcribed onto the folder label. In general, the envelopes had the meeting date listed and some envelopes had the name of structures discussed in the meeting listed. Whether the meeting was a regular or special called meeting was added by the processor.
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2013.
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