Hyde Park: Reinvented, Rewarding, and Real
On Veteran's day the city's largest and most diverse historic district will open its historic homes and show visitors how much of Austin's history is rooted in the streets and avenues of old Hyde Park.
Austin's first planned suburb. Site of the first purpose-built artist's studio in Texas, of one of the state's oldest public buildings and one of the first devoted to serving human needs, of Austin's first moonlight tower and first electric commuter rail system. Hyde Park is all these things.
It is the people who strode these streets, built and inhabited these buildings: the German immigrants, sculptor Elisabet Ney and woodcarver Peter Mansbendel, the wonderful ironworking Weigl family, the printer Adalbert Schenken. The naturalist, scholar and philosopher Roy Bedichek and his friends, historian Walter Prescott Webb and folklorist pundit J. Frank Dobie. The beloved UT Law School dean, Page Keaton.
The suffragists Anne Walker and Jane McCallum. The parents of Free Speech giant and namesake of the present Austin Public Library, John Henry Faulk, and of LBJ aide and confidant George Christian. Jurist and Texas Governor Oran Milo Roberts. Pioneer nurseryman Frank T. Ramsey of Ramsey Park. Baseball great and UT championship coach Bibb Falk of Disch-Falk Field.
The Hyde Park Homes Tour is Hyde Park’s chance to not only tell their stories but to show you the houses and streets they inhabited and frequented, to give you just enough of the story of this special place to inspire you to come back, learn more, live here, and share in its preservation. Seven houses, all appearing on the tour for the first time, are featured this year. Board the Hyde Park trolley and join us.
Tickets are $20. They can be purchased on-line and on the day of the tour at the ticket desk in front of Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway, Austin, TX 78751. Parking will be available in the lot across the street from the church. Stroll or bike the tour route, or enjoy the informative docents on the tour bus.
Childcare will be available again this year, provided by Trinity United Methodist Church for $5 per child to infant through elementary age children while their families are touring. Children are also welcome on the tour. Children under 10 are admitted free.