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Overview of the Collection

Administrative History

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

I. Commission Meeting Materials, 1974-2014

II. Annual Reports, 1999-2002

Austin History Center

Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Historic Landmark Commission

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Austin (Tex.). Historic Landmark Commission
Title: Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Historic Landmark Commission
Inclusive Dates: 1974-2014
Abstract: The City of Austin (Texas) Historic Landmark Commission was established in 1974 by the Austin City Council and tasked 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, sites, lands or areas should be designated historic. The collection contains meeting agendas and minutes as well as supporting "backup" materials dating from 1982 to 1984.
Identification: AR.2012.040
Quantity: 10.2 linear feet (26 boxes)
Location: Archives stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,  810 Guadalupe,  PO BOX 2287,  Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

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.

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Scope and Contents

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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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 2 series: (1) Commission Meeting Materials (1974-2014) and (2) Annual Reports (1999-2002).

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

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.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Alexander, Blake.
Barentine, J. P., III.
Organizations:
Austin (Tex.). Historic Landmark Commission.
Austin (Tex.). Planning Commission.
Austin (Tex.). Planning Department.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)
Subjects:
Architecture--Conservation and restoration--Texas--Austin.
Historic buildings--Texas--Austin--Conservation and restoration.
Historic preservation--Texas--Austin.

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Related Material

General Collection


  • A 353.7709764 HI Historic Landmark Program, Austin, Texas, 1978.
  • A 344.7643109 ME Hilgers, William B. Memorandum to Historic Landmark Commission from Law Offices of William B. Hilgers Regarding Constitutionality of the Austin Historical Landmark Preservation Ordinance, 1975.
  • A VHS 976.431 AU Austin (Tex.). Historic Landmark Commission. Austin: the Texas Legend Lives, 1988
  • A 352.9459 CH Charles Hall Page & Associates, Inc. Austin Historic Preservation Plan,, 1981.
  • A 352.9459 AUH629H 1977 Austin (Tex.). Historic Landmark Commission. Historic Districts, 1977.

Austin Files


  • Historic Landmarks - Historic Landmark Commission H1200 (7)
  • Copies of the photos and text materials (documentation packages) for structures brought before the Commission and City Council are provided by the City of Austin Historic Preservation Office to the Austin History Center and available in the Austin Files House/Building files under the address of the structure.

Video


  • ATXN/Channel 6 Video Collection - Video recordings of meetings dated 1985-1990, 1994-2003, 2005-current.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

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.

Preferred Citation

Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Historic Landmark Commission Records (AR.2012.040). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1980/058

Donation Date: 2001

Processing Information

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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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

I. Commission Meeting Materials, 1974-2014

Location EastWall
General Collection A 352.961 AUH629A Agendas and meeting minutes, 1974-2014
Box Folder
1 1 Regular meeting January 18, 1982
2 Regular meeting February 17, 1982
3 Regular meeting March 15, 1982
4 Special called meeting March 29, 1982
5 Regular meeting May 17, 1982
6 Regular meeting June 21, 1982
7 June 29, 1982
8 Questions of chair - July 19, 1982
9 Preservation Plan Executive Session, work session - July 26, 1982
10 Survey examples - August 9, 1982
11 Regular meeting August 16, 1982
12 Preservation Plan - August 20, 1982 and 909-911 Congress - September 7, 1982
13 Regular meeting September 20, 1982 - Jacob Larmour Block, Englander-Keese
Box Folder
2 1 Regular meeting October 18, 1982 - Taylor House, Laguna Gloria
2 Regular meeting November 15, 1982 - neon on 6th Street
3 Regular meeting December 20, 1982
4 Special called meeting January 10, 1983 - Neon-Santis Pasta, Juarez Lincoln
5 Regular meeting January 17, 1983 - Juarez Lincoln Institute, Clarksville 1710 W. 10th, preservation survey
6 Regular meeting February 21, 1983 - Clarksville 1720 W. 10th, 6th Street line
7 Regular meeting March 21, 1983 - Scott Farley House, Clarksville 1720 W. 10th
8 Regular meeting April 18, 1983 - Helms Street House
9 Historic Homes Tour May 14, 1983
10 Regular meeting May 16, 1983 - Room at the Top neon, Odem House
Box Folder
3 1 Special called meeting May 31, 1983 - Burt House, Townsend-Thompson Building, preservation plan
2 Regular meeting June 20, 1983
3 Regular meeting July 18, 1983
4 Special called meeting July 23, 1983
5 Austin Avanti Ventures, Inc - land between 9th and 10th Street at Waller Creek 1983 August
6 Regular meeting August 15, 1983 - Haynes-DeLashwah House, survey mailing list
7 Regular meeting September 19, 1983
8 Special called meeting September 29, 1983
9 Regular meeting October 17, 1983
10 Regular meeting November 21, 1983
11 Regular meeting December 12, 1983
Box Folder
4 1 Regular meeting May 21, 1984
2 Loose documents, 1981-1982, undated

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II. Annual Reports, 1999-2002

Box Folder
4 3 Annual report, 1999-2000
4 Annual report, 2000-2001
5 Annual report, 2001-2002

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