This month we will be spotlighting the Hyde Park Neighborhood of Austin, Texas, considered Austin’s first suburb. It is located within the boundaries of West 38th Street and West 51st Street to the South and North and Duval Street and Guadalupe Street to the East and West. Its origins can be traced back to 1891 and it has been listed on the National Historic Register of Places since 1990.
Hyde Park was originally marketed to affluent, prominent Austin citizens. However, by the early 1900’s, advertisements for the area began to be directed towards “working men and women”. It called for them to purchase a lot and build a house. Accordingly, modestly-sized bungalows became the order of the day.
Hyde Park is popular for its proximity to downtown Austin and the University of Texas, not to mention how convenient it is to I-35 and Mopac. It is also beloved by residents for its quiet tree-lined streets, vintage architecture, and parks such as Shipe Park.