Planning commission: Owner can demolish house
Recommendation at odds with Historic Landmark panel.
St. George’s Episcopal Church in East Austin.
The house at 2617 Pecos St. is the best-preserved example of Lundgren’s single-family homes, which feature many natural materials such as stone on their interiors, said Steve Sadowsky, the city’s historic preservation officer.
Ashley Amini said she bought the home in June with the intent to tear it down and was never told by the former owners or the city that the home might have historic merit.
The 2,264-square-foot home sits at the top of a steep driveway that is dangerous to back out of, she said. Amini has said she wants to build a slightly larger home that conforms better to the sloped lot.
The case began when Amini filed for a demolition permit in August. The landmark commission flagged it as a home that might have historic merit because it is more than 50 years old, the city’s threshold for considering a building’s historic value. Only one other mid-century modern home in the city is a historic property, Sadowsky said.
The Historic Landmark Commission wants the city of Austin to designate the 1961 structure at 2617 Pecos in West Austin a historic landmark.