Tom Shefelman

Last December we recently lost a beloved neighborhood resident. Tom Shefelman was a long standing Bryker Woods Neighborhood Association (BWNA) board member and contributed to the neighborhood in many ways. The graphic on the banner of the website was created by Tom. A streetscape image reflecting the simplicity, refined elegance and modesty of the Bryker Woods neighborhood. Recently the BWNA donated to the Bryker Woods Elementary library a complete collection of children’s books illustrated by our neighbor, the late Tom Sheffleman and authored by his wife, Janice. A legacy of Tom and his wife left for our school children. Thank you Tom and Janice Shefelman. We will truly miss you Tom.

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Austin architect contributed modernist buildings to city’s landscape. The late designer and teacher also illustrated children’s books and painted watercolors.

Thomas “Tom” Shefelman, who helped design several of Austin’s outstanding modernist buildings, died Wednesday at 89. Seattle-born Shefelman, a graduate of the University of Texas School of Architecture and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, also illustrated children’s books and painted watercolor scenes from his travels, often in tandem with his wife, Janice Shefelman, who survives him. Among his contributions to the cityscape are the Starr Building, built for American National Bank and later renovated for the McGarrah Jessee advertising firm at Colorado and West Sixth streets. He loved designing churches, including the soaring Central Presbyterian Church at Brazos and East Eighth streets. Many of his projects — such as the Norwood Tower, Stephen F. Austin Hotel and Travis County’s courthouse — took the form of renovations. Also an urban planner who served on many Austin commissions, Shefelman taught for years at UT, as Wayne Bell, long the dean of Austin preservation architects, recalls. “The few times that we participated on projects together — and during our times carrying on the job of educating young architects — I always found him to be a truly decent person,” Bell said. “His interest in education was exemplary, and to participate with him on joint ventures always confirmed my respect for him.” Shefelman passed away quietly, surrounded by family and friends, retelling old jokes and stories. “My dad’s creations flowed from his head and hands like radiating shimmering beams of form and light and color,” his son, Dan Shefelman, said. “He taught me the love of making things. He called them ‘shapes and spaces.’ I will miss him terribly and pass along that gift in his name.” “He was my first and best art teacher,” said his other son, Karl Shefelman. “He taught me how to truly see the world as an artist, and I will carry his wisdom and talent forward in my own art, heart and mind as long as I live. Dad touched so many people worldwide with his beautiful architecture, drawings and creative genius. And yet, despite all this, he was an incredibly humble man with a stoic, self-effacing humor.”

It’s My Park Day @ Bryker Woods Elementary! – Sunday Nov 6th

Mark your calendars for Bryker Woods Elementary School Urban Forest Grant Planting Day!

2:00-4:00 pm Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Description Bryker Woods Elementary School received an Urban Forest Grant through the Community Foundation of Austin this past Spring. Sunday, November 6th, 2016 is planting day! 26 native trees including shade trees and understory trees will provide erosion control to the 34th street side of the school where watershed into Shoal Creek is a major issue. Trees selected were purchased from Texas Native Nursery and selected by both Jason Traweek and Lisa Schissler, AISD Forester and also add wildlife food to the area.

Please come out to our campus and help contribute to Austin’s Urban Forest!

Tree Planting Tasks:

• Plant 26 10-20 gallon Trees
• Place T-Posts and proper ties to support Trees
• Mulch 26 Trees
• Arrange Tree Bubblers around trees installed by Cougar Irrigation on November 5th

Additional Tasks in need of help:

• Clean up School Garden for the year
• Use pavers in front of school to make a foundation and pathway to areas where water ponds

With your help, students of Bryker Woods Elementary School will subsequently be measuring and adding these trees plus other campus trees to the Austin Open Tree Map through our STEAM Lab! As well, students can begin using the garden for Spring Planting!

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National Night Out – October 5th

National Night Out is Tuesday Night October 5th. BWNA is hosting our annual gathering on Bryker Drive. Bring your family, bring your neighbors. Let’s take that next step in making Bryker Woods an even better place to live!

And Don’t forget! – the BWNA Annual Meeting is Tuesday, October 18th at 6:30PM. Location Bryker Woods Elementary. Come meet and hear from City Council candidates, learn more about the $720 million bond package and much more.

BWNA Annual Meeting – Oct 18th

Latest edition of the Bryker Woods Herald (September 2016)

Location – Bryker Woods Elementary School Cafeteria
Date/Time – Tuesday @ 6:30 PM
Agenda – to be announced

Tuesday the 18th at 6:30 PM join us for BWNA’s Annual Meeting at Bryker Woods Elementary School. We are trying a weekday night for the first time. District 10 Council candidates Alter, Gallo & Walker will each tell you a bit about themselves. You will get to learn a bit about the $720 million dollar mobility bond, what you can expect with coming changes to MoPac, the rewrite of the land development code and, of course, an update on the Grove. It is a very important time to be involved with BWNA. Hope to see you there!

Fourth of July Parade!

Time: 9:00 am
Place: Bryker Woods Elementary School

~9:10 am Sing National Anthem & Pledge of Allegiance
~9:15 am Parade starts!

We’ll be walking the route:

Adorn your bikes, scooters, husbands, house pets – whatever will hold a red, white & blue garland – and join our fun celebration! Should take about half an hour. There will be water and refreshments. All are invited and a good time to be had by all. Check out the route (link above) If you can’t make it out for the parade, step out the door and cheer on the kids young and old.

BWNA Picnic on the Parkway April 24th

Bryker Woods Picnic on the Parkway is this Sunday from 5-8, weather permitting. See link below for location. This is a wonderful annual event that we put on that brings our neighborhood together in friendship. Neighborhood band, The Dovetail Joints, will be performing. Rumor has it that there will be plenty of hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers as well as a bundle of fun! Thanks to Celeste Cooke Hubert, Annette Graves, Wendy Carnegie and all the other stalwart volunteers who make this happen!


Capital Metro Seeks Neighborhood Input

While Capital Metro works year-round to improve service for our customers, every five years we step back for a big-picture look at our changing region through a comprehensive service plan. This year we’re embarking on Connections2025, an in-depth review of the transit system. As the Central Texas community evolves, so will the transit needs and services provided by the agency

Neighborhood input is critical to providing transportation options that work for Central Texas residents and employees. We want to better understand your neighborhood’s travel patterns, how people use transit, and what we can do to improve.

Capital Metro invites you complete our online survey or  participate in open houses held across Austin between February 16th and 20th to provide valuable input. Information will be available in Spanish.

We are asking our neighborhood partners to pass this information along to your internal contact lists, social media platforms, etc.

Visit to:

  • Take our online survey
  • Sign up for the project email list
  • Continuing project updates


Our system best serves our community when we work together with our neighbors. We need your help rethinking transit! Feel free to contact us with questions or for more information. If there are other individuals you recommend that we talk to, please pass their contact information along.

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