Last week, Manchester Texas Financial Group outlined a proposal to the City of Austin Historic Landmark Commission to relocate three old, but not landmarked, buildings. The houses would be relocated directly across 3rd street, landing on a wedge of land that already shared by the Trask house and Castlemen Bull house (which was also moved to its current location).
The question at hand is will the HLC be cooperative. This effort is running parallel to a preservation effort for the nearby Palm School. Michael Van Falkenberg the lead designer of the Waller Creek District Master Plan is in support of the effort.
The resulting assemblage of historic buildings onto a single tract seems like an interesting idea, especially with a direct connection to Palm Park.
Below are the conceptual renderings presented to the HLC. This design is not confirmed, and the status of the project seems dependent upon the HLC’s guidance. The conceptual renderings do reveal the scope of the vision, which is impressive, and would be a boon for the Waller Creek Conservancy and Palm Park.
The Austin Monitor has more on this story.