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The Bouldin Years

Inside the charming Austin abodes from new Bouldin Creek home tour


Preservation Austin Historic Homes Tour 2017 1912 South 5th Street
Photo by Joan Brook Photography
Preservation Austin Historic Homes Tour 2017 1912 South 5th Street
Photo by Joan Brook Photography
Preservation Austin Historic Homes Tour 2017 907 West Annie
Photo by Andrea Calo
Preservation Austin Historic Homes Tour 2017 907 West Annie
Photo by Andrea Calo
Preservation Austin Historic Homes Tour 2017 806 Bouldin
Photo by Joan Brook Photography
Preservation Austin Historic Homes Tour 2017 806 Bouldin
Photo by Joan Brook Photography
Preservation Austin Historic Homes Tour 2017 1803 Evergreen Avenue
Photo by Melanie Martinez
Preservation Austin Historic Homes Tour 2017 1803 Evergreen Avenue
Photo by Melanie Martinez

Preservation Austin is taking us on a tour of the eclectic Bouldin Creek neighborhood with its 2017 Historic Homes Tour. On Saturday, April 29, from 10 am to 4 pm Austinites are invited to step inside eight abodes from the early- to mid-20th century that exemplify the "Bouldin Years" theme.

"The featured homes reflect all eras of Bouldin Creek's history. Tour-goers will experience Bouldin's evolution from an isolated agricultural community into a vibrant urban neighborhood, made possible by the construction of the Congress Avenue Bridge and streetcar line in 1910," says the event description.

The tour includes five gorgeous residences, plus three historic buildings on the Texas School for the Deaf campus. For Preservation Austin, which has hosted the tour for 25 years, the hope is to expose Austinites to these architectural gems and motivate the city to preserve them in the face of overwhelming development.

 

Tickets, on sale now, are $25 for Preservation Austin members and $35 for nonmembers; day-of tickets can be purchased at the Texas School for the Deaf. Everyone with a Historic Homes Tour wristband will be treated to one free drink, light snacks, and happy hour specials between 5 pm and 7 pm at Mattie's at Green Pastures.

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Dawson-Robbins House: 1912 S. Fifth St.

A City of Austin landmark, this 1899 Victorian cottage with limestone walls is among the oldest homes in the Bouldin Creek neighborhood.

Dawson-Robbins House: 1912 S. Fifth St.

Despite its age, the house includes green assets like drought-resistant landscaping.

Collier House: 907 W. Annie St.

This quaint Craftsman was built in 1935 but completely updated in 2015 to include a few more modern touches.

Collier House: 907 W. Annie St.

The backyard, which offers a look inside the shiplap-covered walls, also features a chicken coop and separate art studio.

Blackshear House: 806 Bouldin St.

This is one of the more modern homes on the tour. The midcentury modern was built in 1951.

Blackshear House: 806 Bouldin St.

While there is plenty of wood throughout the interior, you'll also find steel and millwork.

Millbrook: 1803 Evergreen Ave.

What started as a grist mill in 1895 is now a collection of architectural gems from a variety of 19th-century sources.

Millbrook: 1803 Evergreen Ave.

Even though it's located inside Austin's hip 78704, you feel removed from the hustle and bustle of city life with these views of greenery and a limestone bluff.

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