Rosa Latimer


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Rosa Walston Latimer 

For nearly a century and a half, the Smoot family “cooperated with nature” to create the vibrant Texas wildscape of the Flower Hill Estate on West Sixth Street. But the generosity of spirit that cultivated that sanctuary extends beyond the iron fence surrounding the property. Institutions like the Central Presbyterian Church, the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the Austin American-Statesman, the Texas state capitol, The University of Texas and Travis and Austin High Schools all owe an incalculable debt to Flower Hill residents. Author Rosa Latimer traces the positive legacy of Flower Hill and the influential Austin family who lived there.

Signed copies of the book are available in the Flower Hill gift shop. 


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.