Clarksville Historic District in Austin, Texas, was founded by Charles Clark, a former slave, in 1871, and is now the oldest surviving freedman’s town. As part of this historic community, a neglected 1938 bungalow could not be removed, so Matt Fajkus Architecture got approval from Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission to preserve the home’s front facade while renovating the rest. The firm worked with the Old West Austin Neighborhood Association to salvage bricks from the torn-down house and repurpose them on the exterior. Framing lumber was also reclaimed from the original house for the interiors.
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