Proposed new development on land adjacent to the vacant, run-down Schneider Store offered a monumental challenge: how to preserve the dignity and character of one of the city’s most historic commercial buildings in the shadow of a much larger new project. Emily Little, working with the Texas Historical Commission, directed the removal of layers of paint from the Austin common brick, stabilized walls, identified original openings and fabricated new windows and doors to match the original design. The original painted signage was also restored. Today the building houses a successful restaurant across the street from Austin’s new city hall. This historic landmark and the new Computer Science Corporation complex that stands next to it represent a harmonious joining of past, present and future along the shores of Lady Bird Lake. Historic Designations: National Register of Historic Places, Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, Texas Archaeological Landmark, City of Austin Historic Landmark.
2002 AIA Austin Honor Award
2002 Austin Downtown Alliance IMPACT Award
2002 Society of American Registered Architects Design Award, Honorable Mention
2001 The Associated General Contractors of America Building of the Year
2001 Heritage Society Restoration Award