Preservation Austin Merit Award for Shipe Park Shelter House

Established in 1960, Preservation Austin’s annual Preservation Merit Awards program honors visionary approaches to preserving Austin’s unique architectural, cultural, and environmental heritage.

Shipe Park was opened after the city’s 1928 plan called for a new parks system. Early shelter houses supported athletics, dancing and crafts. The Shipe Park Shelter House is one of just four that remain today. Completed in 1930, its unusual design takes inspiration from 19th century dogtrot cabins. Shipe Park is located in the Hyde Park Local Historic District. A conditions assessment by Limbacher & Godfrey served as the basis for this rehabilitation by the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department.