Historic Landmark CommissionApril 3, 2024

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HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION DEMOLITION AND RELOCATION PERMITS APRIL 3, 2024 PR-2024-008708; GF-2024-028831 2200 WEST 9TH STREET 17 – 1 PROPOSAL Demolish a ca. 1950 house. ARCHITECTURE RESEARCH Two-story cross-gabled early Ranch house clad in ledgestone and painted wood shakes, with 6:6 wood windows and a partial-width porch. The house at 2200 West 9th Street was constructed in 1950 for the Lovell family, with a two-story addition built in 1957 and an underground fallout shelter added in 1961. Long-term resident Dr. Ernest James Lovell, Jr. was a University of Texas instructor and prominent scholar of Romantic literature. Lovell served as editor of the Texas Studies in Language and Literature journal; as a Lord Byron scholar and biographer, he also was a founding member of the American Committee of the Byron Society. Lovell taught at UT from 1947 until his death in 1975. PROPERTY EVALUATION Designation Criteria—Historic Landmark 1) The building is more than 50 years old. 2) The building appears to retain high integrity. 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. b. Historical association. The property is associated with scholar Ernest J. Lovell, editor of Texas Studies in Language and Literature, founding member of the American Committee of the Byron Society, and long-time 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 appear to 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. STAFF RECOMMENDATION Encourage rehabilitation and adaptive reuse, but release the demolition permit upon completion of a City of Austin Documentation Package. LOCATION MAP 17 – 2 PROPERTY INFORMATION Photos 17 – 3 Demolition permit application, 2024 Occupancy History City Directory Research, February 2024 Ernest J. Lovell, Jr. – owner 1959 1955 1952 Historical Information Ernest J., Jr. and Calista B. Lovell, owners – associate professor, UT Ernest J. Lovell, Jr. – associate professor, UT 17 – 4 The Austin Statesman (1921-1973); Austin, Tex.. 15 Nov 1954: 7. 17 – 5 The Austin Statesman (1921-1973); Austin, Tex.. 24 Mar 1955: A9. The Austin American (1914-1973); Austin, Tex.. 25 Dec 1966: A6. The Austin Statesman (1921-1973); Austin, Tex.. 21 June 1970: F11. The Austin American - Statesman (1973-1980), Evening ed.; Austin, Tex.. 23 June 1975: 16 17 – 6 William J. Scheick, “Texas Studies in Literature and Language,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed March 13, 2024, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/texas-studies-in-literature-and-language. Published by the Texas State Historical Association. Ernest J. Lovell, Jr., Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin. https://txarchives.org/utcah/finding_aids/03895.xml Permits 17 – 7