“When you tear down an historic building that is essential to telling the story of how the city came or who lived here… once it’s gone, it’s just gone.”
****** (who??) established what is now Preservation Austin (formerly the Heritage Society of Austin) in 1953, and the organization dedicates itself to saving and preserving Austin’s historic buildings and places. Their main avenues toward this goal are education and advocacy, and they aim to offer solutions to save sites through implementing policy change that is favorable to preservation.
The nonprofit played a key role in preserving Congress Avenue and much of Sixth Street, and currently focuses on advocating for the creation of historic districts and continued community involvement throughout the city. Click here to listen to Preservation Austin’s director, Jacqui Schraad, discuss her own background with the organization, the challenges and importance of historic preservation, and the unique history of Austin. After hearing about Preservation Austin, create your own story using one of our themed interview packets.