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A Restoration Project To Remember

Posted in Uncategorized by Kristie
August 29, 2014

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The recently completed Swedish Pioneer Cabin at Zilker Botanical Gardens is ready for the public. h+uo architects worked with City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Garden Center Staff to restore an essential piece of early Austin history.

Barbara Pate, whose great grandmother was born in the cabin, has been the primary advocate for the restoration of the cabin and is an invaluable resource on the Swedish Pioneer history of Austin. The cabin was built around 1840 and was located in Govalle, Swedish pioneer S.M. Swenson owned the cabin, and kept it in his family. The cabin was moved later in its life to the intersection of 14th and San Jacinto and then to Nelson Park, and finally to Zilker Botanical Gardens in the 1960’s.

The restoration effort included removing and replacing bottom water damaged base logs, replacing the chinking and daubing filler between the logs, adding an accessible path, and a water collection pond to prevent future damage.

We were honored to be a part of the restoration team keeping our shared history alive and available for the great state of Texas.




Preserving At The Groves

July 4, 2014

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The first phase of our project is complete at The Groves in Houston. As always, our goal is to preserve as much as possible, and minimize disruption in the environment. Something made easier after the project developer paired with Huffman resident Randy Sullivan.

He is able to put his wood carving hobby to use. His experience in wood work made him the perfect fit to help create reusable items with pieces of wood for the development.

Though removing trees is inevitable, we took conscious efforts to keep as many as possible. The trees we had to remove to clear roadway paths were able to be turned into children’s playground equipment, stepping stones, and beams for the master-planned community.

The Groves is a 993-acre project consisting of 2,200 homes. We are happy to have found a way to preserve and re-purpose on such a unique scale.


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