A confederate soldier. A farmer. A suffragette. A Driskill Hotel chef. A stenographer. Carpenters. A telephone operator. WWII soldiers. UT professors. Two photographers. A “mercantile” president. A musician. A locomotive engineer.
These are only a few of the many people who lived in six featured homes of the 37th Historic Hyde Park Homes Tour on Sunday, November 10. These wonderful homes not only chronicle different periods of architectural styles, their histories show the varied lives of Hyde Park neighbors over the past 119 years. They tell the stories of Austin.
During that time, one of the homes was saved from demolition, while another was almost entirely rebuilt. All of the tour homes have been beautifully updated to accommodate modern tastes and conveniences, yet they maintain much of their architectural detail and charm of the past. One home is a city landmark, and another just received a 5 star green energy rating from Austin Energy. Two homes have newly designed gardens, while another has chickens.
The tour is the annual fundraising event for the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association. It is managed and operated by scores of neighbors who love the unique history, architecture, and “characters” of our neighborhood.
We know that you will enjoy learning about these homes – inside and out, and we look forward to seeing you walking or biking through our neighborhood this Sunday at the Historic Hyde Park Homes Tour.
Basics: Hyde Park Homes Tour, Sunday, November 10, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Tickets: $20 online or on the day of the tour at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway.
For more information: See HydeParkHomesTour.org and follow/share the tour at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hyde-Park-Historic-Homes-Tour-Austin-Texas/83848158724
The 39th Fire Station Festival is October 20th, Sunday, 4-6 at Fire Station #9, 43rd and Speedway. At this festival, we honor neighbors for their community service; and newly-elected HPNA leaders officially begin their terms of office. The fire fighters welcome us to their station, and children climb on the big red shiny fire truck. The festival provides an opportunity to express gratitude for Hyde Park, for its history and for what it has become.
This year the focus is on more engagement with the fire fighters and activities for teens and adults. The Fire Department is sending an additional four fighters to interact with us for a total of eight. Tire Pull Competition. Children on the fire truck. A fire fighter in the children’s area to be in photographs with the little ones. A fire fighter and fire fighting gear at the photo booth so you can have your photo in fire fighting gear.
Planning for the Fire Station Festival is in progress and I have to tell you…this will be the best Fire Station Festival ever! The 2013 poster is created and ready for distribution. You are getting an early peek. Our thanks to Matt Ott and Linda van Bavel for their partnership in creative design.
September 2013 Pecan Press
Article on Austintexas.gov about Shipe Park and the new mural…
Please join us on Monday, June 3rd for the monthly HPNA meeting at 7pm at Trinity United Methodist Church (4001 Speedway).
This month following the announcements, we will have a potluck to celebrate the beginning of summer, honor past officers, and say good bye to Ashley Schweickart, our co-president who is leaving Austin.
Please bring your favorite salad, entree, or dessert.
Families are welcome (and encouraged!) to attend.
If you are not currently a member of HPNA, please take this opportunity to join or renew your membership. ALL residents (homeowners, renters, and businesses) are welcome to join.
The Hyde Park, Hancock, and North University Neighborhood Associations would like to invite you to attend the dedication of Huffstickler Green, honoring Albert Huffstickler (1929-2002).
The dedication will be held Saturday, May 4th at 10:30 am at Huff’s Corner located on the northeast corner of 38th Street and Duval Street.
We will gather in gratitude for the new space created by the efforts of so many people and to honor Albert Huffstickler and his legacy of poetry. Friends and fellow poets will share their memories and the poetry of our beloved Hyde Park poet.
Please park on nearby side streets on the morning of the event. Feel free to pass this invitation along to others who would like to attend.
May 2013 Pecan Press