City of Austin announces more than $2 million in grant funds to preserve historic places


The City of Austin has announced more than $2 million in grants to preserve historic designated places in Austin.

The Heritage Preservation Grant program provides funds to non-profit organization and private businesses. Funds must be used for capital, planning, educational, or marketing projects to promote tourism through preservation activities.

Organizations and business receiving grants are:

• Hillside Farmacy: $29,880 for ADA-compliant pathways and parking

• Austin Parks Foundation: $30,000 for Henry G. Madison Log Cabin structural Improvements Plan, Rosewood Park

• Downtown Austin: $30,000 for Heritage of Republic Square programming and events

• Pollen Architecture: $30,000 for Friends of the Ney Museum comprehensive restoration plan update. Related coverage:

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• Friends of the Texas Historical Commission: $40,000 for Real Places Conference

• Indie Meme: $45,600 for Indie Meme Asian American historical archival project at Austin History Center

• Housing Authority of the City of Austin: $82,000 for Pathways at Rosewood Courts tourism kiosks: Amplification of African American history in Austin

• Neill-Cochran House Museum: $109,000 for museum slave quarters restoration

• Lamberts Downtown Barbecue: $137,293, for HVAC repairs due to water damage and exterior site improvements

• Leadership Austin: $138,875 for Walk of the Town Multilingual Interactive Tour Development and Promotions Phase II

• E4 Youth & Rogers Washington Holy Cross Historic District: $150,000 for Rogers Washington Holy Cross Historic District mixed reality tour development. Related coverage:

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 •Broken Spoke: $175,000 for roof repair on the iconic honky-tonk

• Flower Hill Foundation: $215,132 for restoration and rehabilitation project

• Huston-Tillotson University: $217,848 for Old Administration Building restoration. Related coverage:

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• German Texan Heritage Society: $240,684 for Historic Staircase and Reconstruction

• Austin Theatre Alliance: $250,000 for Paramount Theatre exterior east wall rehabilitation

• Preservation Austin: $250,000 McFarland House renovation. Related coverage:

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Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is an arts and culture journalist who has covered visual art, performance, film, literature, architecture, and just about any combination thereof. She was the staff arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman for 17 years. Her commendations include the First Place Arts & Culture Criticism Award from the Society for Features Journalism. Additionally, Jeanne Claire has been awarded professional fellowships at USC’s Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and NEA/Columbia University Arts Journalism Institute. In 2022, she was awarded the Rabkin Prize in visual art journalism. Jeanne Claire founded and led Sightlines, a non-profit online arts and culture magazine that reached an annual readership of 600,000. And for two years, she taught arts journalism at the University of Texas College of Fine Arts. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Architecture magazine, Dwell, the Review of Contemporary Fiction, Art Papers, and ICON design magazine, among other publications.

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