The Austin Sessions: US Demographics, Hispanics and Preservation
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Written by Michael Amonett, President OOCCL at the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference, Austin


Building the Bridge: Preservation and changing U.S. demographics

Session managers Norma Ramirez de Miess with the Trust; Margarita Araiza, director of the Webb County Heritage Foundation; Ernesto Ortega, director, New Mexico Park Service and Luis Rico-Gutierrez, Dean, College of Design, Iowa State University did a wonderful job of enlightening conference attendees to the Hispanic experience and how it relates to preservation.  Ignoring we are a diverse community is dishonest.  Time and time again, Oak Cliff residents say that our diversity is one of the top attractions in living here.  As we converge, this session spoke to the very real issues such a convergence can sometimes manifest.  A 2-story building similar in age and style to Eno’s was just torn down at Jefferson and Marsalis; I’m told to make way for a bus barn.  Bridges need to be built now more than ever.

Demographics and history:

 
Slide Show Austin: Historic Walking Tour
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Not quite the historic corridor tour promoted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation - just because it was a block and not a corridor - but fascinating nonetheless.  The historic Bremond block in downtown Austin was built between 1850 and 1910 and is almost exclusively occupied by non-profits.  The pictured John Bremond House built in 1870 is taken very good care of by the Texas Classroom Teacher’s Association.

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Slide Show Austin: Candlelight Home Tour
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Historic candlelight tour slide show in Austin at the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference.  Judge's Hill was settled beginning in the mid-1800's and is so named because the area was platted and settled primarily by Austin judges.  There is the occasional exemplary mid-century like the one pictured above.

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All this week week you can view our posts at the Advocate from the National Historic Trust Conference in Austin.  All our posts can be found here.
 
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