Rosa Latimer


Rosa Walston Latimer 

2020-2021 Artist-in-Residence, Rosa Walston Latimer, will publish a book on Flower Hill forthcoming next year from The History Press

Rosa Walston Latimer, who lives in Austin, is the award-winning author of a series of books about the establishment of Harvey Houses along the Santa Fe Railroad: Harvey Houses of Texas, Harvey Houses of New Mexico and Harvey Houses of Kansas, which received a “Kansas Notable Book Award” in 2016.


In addition to her writing career, Latimer is a writing consultant and instructor. She contributes regularly to a national magazine, has edited both print and online newspapers and was supervising director for a nationally syndicated children’s television program. Latimer has taught memoir and non-fiction writing at the annual West Texas Writers' Academy at West Texas A&M in Canyon, Texas.

This year Ms. Latimer will be dedicating her time and talent to writing a book about Miss Jane Smoot and her home Flower Hill. 


Robert Melton



Artist Talk
Robert Melton 

Thursday, November 7th
6-8pm — Talk begins at 6:30pm

Hosted at The MAW Gallery
1214 W 6th St #113, Austin, TX 78703

Join us in celebrating the 2019 Artist-in-Residence, Robert Melton and his Flower Hill inspired film — Palimpsest. 


"Through photography, drawing, and film, I attempt to summon memories; an impractical and at times clunky way of traveling backwards in time to retrieve the irretrievable and reconcile past with present. In my film ​Palimpsest​, I merge Jane’s vast archive with scenes from the current museum as a means of meditating upon her rich history, along with the uncomfortable inevitability of loss and nature of memory." Robert Melton 


Valerie Fowler


The Flower Hill Suite

A fim by John Clarke 

We are thrilled to share this film by John Clark, The Flower Hill Suite. John documented local artist Valerie Fowler's crankie performance on the dining porch at Flower Hill in 2018.

The deepest gratitude to Valerie Fowler for her beautiful vision, to Brian Beattie for his captivating music, and to Amy Annelle for her stirring vocals and birdsong. 


Valerie Fowler


Art at Flower Hill

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Valerie Fowler has created a body of artworks: paintings, drawings and mixed media works, all inspired by the land and historic Austin home that is The Flower Hill Foundation. Formerly home to three generations of the Smoot family, now The Flower Hill Foundation, an Urban Homestead Museum, is striving to open its doors by Spring of 2019. A percentage of all artwork sales will go to the Flower Hill Foundation. 


Please Note: The Neill-Cochran House museum will graciously be hosting the artworks - placed thoughtfully throughout its historic rooms, as well as all associated events.

Neill-Cochran House Museum 

2310 San Gabriel Street 

Austin, Texas 78705



The Opening Reception: 

Saturday, Sept 1, 6-8pm

Including a "Crankie" performance by Fowler - "Flower Hill Crankie #1"

Accompanying live music - "The Flower Hill Suite" - written and performed by Brian Beattie and with a special guest vocalist - to be announced.

Plus Poetry!

Please join us! Light refreshments will be served.

$10 suggested donation benefits The Flower Hill Foundation

Artist Talk with Crankie Performance:

Wednesday, Sept 12, doors, 5:30, talk and performance, 6-7pm

Neill-Cochran House Museum 

2310 San Gabriel Street 

Austin, Texas 78705


This project was supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and Big Medium.