Thursday, October 13, 2011

Remodels to Austin's Duplex Nation Featured

Photo by Rutlio

Excerpt from Jeanne Claire van Ryzin's article:

"Tucked away in a pocket of central East Austin is a curious neighborhood made up entirely of duplex apartments.

Made of concrete masonry and covered with stucco, the boxy two-story buildings — with a 900-square-foot two-bedroom apartment on each floor — vary little from each other.

And the rumors about the origin of the singular enclave of duplexes rarely vary, too. Most who know the neighborhood — sometimes referred to as "Duplex Nation" — believe the vaguely midcentury buildings were originally University of Texas married student apartments or military housing.

In fact, the neighborhood is the Delwood Duplex Historic District, named earlier this year to the National Register of Historic Places. Built by a private developer in 1948 to meet the housing crunch after World War II, it's Austin's first postwar neighborhood to be listed in the register and an example of the mass-produced tract development housing that sprung up across the nation to accommodate returning servicemen and their young families."

Read rest of Austin American Statesman article

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