The Austin Memorial Park Cemetery complex was designed by San Antonio architect W.H. Chambers, and functioned as a cottage, small chapel and service tower for the cemetery. Today, the buildings serve as the operations and maintenance hub for the municipal cemetery program. Since taking over cemetery management in 2013, the Parks and Recreation Department has performed extensive interior repairs on the complex to facilitate daily operations. However, the Historic Cemeteries Master Plan proposes that the entry structures be renovated to accommodate universal accessibility and provide enhanced services for both visitors and staff.
To expand upon concepts supported in the master plan and better estimate their associated costs, the Parks Department assessed existing conditions of the building complex and further developed schematic design concepts. Goals of the study include:
Improved pedestrian and vehicular circulation
Creation of an entry garden and reflective space
Rehabilitation of the current office building
Adaptive reuse of historic outbuilding to a visitor services building that includes accessible restrooms, changing area and reservable space for cemetery patrons
This work is currently unfunded for construction, and is dependent on future bond funding or philanthropic funding. If funded, this project will include a community input phase prior to moving further into design.
In addition to the schematic design study, the Caretaker’s Cottage building will receive a full clay-tile roof replacement to restore its 1928 condition. Construction documents for this work were completed in early summer of 2016, and construction was completed later that year.