Hirshfeld-Moore House

1885
814 Lavaca, Austin, Texas
National Register of Historic Places, Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
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This home was designed in 1885 by builder John Andrewartha in downtown Austin for the Hirshfeld family, merchants and leading members of Austin’s early Jewish community. The house remained in the Hirshfeld family until the late 1970’s when it was acquired by the Heritage Society of Austin to prevent demolition, then sold to Texas A&M System for preservation.

Hirshfeld-Moore House was restored for the Texas A&M University Development Board, which uses the house for their Austin offices. Because of long family occupancy, many original finishes survived in the house and it was possible to reproduce several original wallpapers for re-installation. The restored house was then furnished with 1880’s American furniture and accessories. The project won the 1992 American Society of Interior Designers, Austin Chapter “Design Excellence Award” for Historic Preservation.

Hirshfeld Moore House Exterior

  • Hirshfeld Moore House Interior
  • Hirshfeld Moore House Aerial
  • Hirshfeld Moore House Porch
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  • Hirshfeld Moore House Site

Key Issues
• Develop a furnishing plan and acquire period furnishings and accessories
• Analyze historic interior finishes; specify conservation of original finishes and reproduction of plaster moldings and wallpapers
• Design accessibility improvements
• Develop plans, specifications and oversee exterior repairs including the roof and restoration of the first floor wrap around porch
• Specify wood conservation and restoration