Saint John, Austin, Texas

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Saint John (alternately Saint John's) is a neighborhood of Austin, Texas within the 78752 zip code. Geographically, the neighborhood straddles Interstate 35. It is bounded on the west by Middle Fiskville Road and Twincrest, on the south by Highway 290, on the north by Anderson Lane, and on the east by Cameron Road.[1]

History[edit]

The neighborhood is named for the St. John's Industrial Institute and Home for Negro Orphans, which was built in 1906 and burned down in the 1940s.[2] The institute and orphanage was operated by the St. John Regular Missionary Baptist District Association, which was formed by a group of African-American ministers in Wheatville. The association also hosted an annual encampment on the site of the institute.[3] The land was eventually sold and developed into the Highland Mall. As part of the redevelopment of Highland Mall into a mixed-use Austin Community College campus, part of the land was redeveloped into an urban park called "St. John's Encampment Commons".[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "St. John/Coronado Hills Combined Neighborhood Planning Area". Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Pritchard, Caleb (July 19, 2017). "The Plan to Turn Highland Mall Into a Neighborhood". Austin Monthly. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "History of St. John". St. John Regular Baptist Association. Retrieved June 26, 2019.


Coordinates: 30°19′48″N 97°41′53″W / 30.3300°N 97.6980°W / 30.3300; -97.6980