Historic Landmark CommissionApril 3, 2024

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14 – 1 HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION PERMITS IN NATIONAL REGISTER HISTORIC DISTRICTS APRIL 3, 2024 HR-2024-030218 OLD WEST AUSTIN NATIONAL REGISTER HISTORIC DISTRICT 1510 WOOLDRIDGE DRIVE PROPOSAL ARCHITECTURE RESEARCH Construct an addition to and remove a faux chimney from a ca. 1929 house. PROJECT SPECIFICATIONS 1) Remove single-story wing and dormer at rear. 2) Add a new single-story wing and two-story wing at rear. The proposed additions are constructed of masonry and feature divided-light windows throughout. 3) Add a new screened-in porch at east elevation. 4) Remove faux chimney at west elevation. 5) Construct new exterior access stair to existing non-contributing garage apartment. Two-story Colonial Revival house clad in brick, with 1:1 windows and a side-gabled roof clad in standing-seam metal. The house at 1510 Wooldridge Drive was built around 1929 for Eldred McKinnon and his wife, Ruby. McKinnon, president of the Republic Bank and Zenith Life Insurance, did not stay in the house for long. By 1939, long-term occupants Charles Aubrey and Mary Smith had purchased the property. C. Aubrey Smith was an accounting professor at the University of Texas for 48 years, holding the title of longest teaching career in the college of Business Administration at his retirement in 1972. Smith was also vice-president of the Texas State Bank. In 1973, he donated his personal library to the University of Texas Permian Basin campus in Odessa. DESIGN STANDARDS The City of Austin’s Historic Design Standards (March 2021) are based on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and are used to evaluate projects in National Register districts. The following standards apply to the proposed project: Repair and alterations 7. Chimneys The proposed project alters only a non-functional and unstable chimney, damaged during previous renovations. Residential additions 1. Location Proposed additions are constructed to the rear and rear-side of the building. 2. Scale, massing, and height The proposed additions appear mostly appropriate in scale, massing, and height. 3. Design and style Design and style of the proposed additions appear compatible. 4. Roofs The proposed roof forms appear compatible. 5. Exterior walls Proposed exterior wall materials are compatible. 6. Windows, screens, and doors Proposed fenestration is compatible. 14 – 2 Summary The project meets the applicable standards. PROPERTY EVALUATION The property contributes to the Old West Austin National Register district. Designation Criteria—Historic Landmark 1) The building is more than 50 years old. 2) The building appears to retain moderate to low integrity. Brick has been painted, windows replaced, and the front portico removed. 3) Properties must meet two criteria for landmark designation (LDC §25-2-352). Staff has evaluated the property and determined that it does not meet two criteria for landmark designation: a. Architecture. The building does not appear to convey architectural significance. It has lost character-defining features of its Colonial Revival style over the years. b. Historical association. The property is associated with C. Aubrey Smith, University of Texas professor. c. Archaeology. The property was not evaluated for its potential to yield significant data concerning the human history or prehistory of the region. d. Community value. The property does not possess a unique location, physical characteristic, or significant feature that contributes to the character, image, or cultural identity of the city, the neighborhood, or a particular demographic group. e. Landscape feature. The property is not a significant natural or designed landscape with artistic, aesthetic, cultural, or historical value to the city. COMMITTEE FEEDBACK No comments. STAFF RECOMMENDATION Comment on plans. LOCATION MAP 14 – 3 PROPERTY INFORMATION Photos 14 – 4 14 – 5 Historic review application, 2024 2011 façade 14 – 6 Occupancy History City Directory Research, March 2024 C. Aubrey Smith, owner 1959 1955 1952 1949 1947 1944 1941 1939 1935 1932 C. Aubrey and Mary Smith, owners – Vice president, Texas State Bank C. Aubrey and Mary Smith, owners – Vice president, Texas State Bank C. Aubrey and Mary Smith, owners – Vice president, Texas State Bank C. Aubrey Smith, Jr. – student C. Aubrey and Mary Smith, owners – professor, UT C. Aubrey and Mary Smith, owners – professor, UT Charles A. and Mary Smith, owners – professor, UT Charles A. and Mary Smith, owners – professor, UT Eldred and Ruby McKinnon, owners – president, Zenith Life Insurance Eldred and Ruby McKinnon, owners – president, Republic Bank and Trust Historical Information MARGARET MAYER American-Statesman Staff.  The Austin American (1914-1973); Austin, Tex.. 30 Sep 1945: 1 The Austin Statesman (1921-1973); Austin, Tex.. 19 Jan 1949: 16. 14 – 7 The Austin Statesman (1921-1973); Austin, Tex.. 18 June 1953: A1. The Austin Statesman (1921-1973); Austin, Tex.. 02 Aug 1956: B15. 14 – 8 The Austin Statesman (1921-1973); Austin, Tex.. 16 Nov 1972: A24. The Austin Statesman (1921-1973); Austin, Tex.. 24 Jan 1973: 74. Permits 14 – 9