The Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) invites the public to join them for the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel Restoration Celebration on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 10:00 AM at 1601 Navasota Street, Austin, Texas.
Constructed in 1914, Oakwood Cemetery was Austin’s first city cemetery and its oldest municipal burial ground. The Oakwood Cemetery Chapel sits within the Oakwood Cemetery, and is a City of Austin Historic Landmark, a registered Historic Texas Cemetery, and is listed to the National Register of Historic Places.
Under the 2012 GO Bond funding for Cemeteries, PARD completed a full rehabilitation of this historically significant structure.
Rehabilitation of the Chapel included:
Structural stabilization of foundation
Surface drainage improvements
ADA access improvements
Restoration of 1914 floor plan
Mechanical, electrical, lighting overhaul
Restoration of interior and exterior finishes, including doors, windows, masonry, roof, plaster, etc.
In early 2017, PARD notified the public that archaeological monitoring early in the construction phase indicated the presence of unmarked graves beneath the chapel. Following a public engagement process in spring 2017, the graves were exhumed and will be re-interred at a later date.
The Oakwood Chapel Restoration project is a major milestone in the implementation of Austin’s award-winning Historic Cemeteries Master Plan, adopted in 2014. The master plan includes recommendations for the restoration and revitalization of Austin’s municipal cemeteries, which include the adjacent Oakwood Cemetery Annex, Evergreen Cemetery, Austin Memorial Park Cemetery and Plummers Cemetery.
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