Per Facebook post announcement of Robert Sadowsky, 1.12.2022
"My older brother Steve passed away this morning. He was a kind, intelligent, hard working man that would do anything for his family and friends. I will miss his sense of humor and laughter. Forever in my heart, brother . . ."
"Steve Sadowsky died January 12, 2022. He loved serving as the City of Austin's Historic Preservation Officer, his career beginning in July 2000. Steve's greatest pleasures, however, were his family and his friends, enjoying all that Austin has to offer in live music, natural beauty, and good camaraderie. He always wanted to do good for the community, do right by his friends, and was truly grateful for the opportunity to serve the city he loved. You could find him regularly at the Continental Club, Antone's, the Skylark Lounge, the Electric Lounge, and the Liberty Lunch, and many other venues where Austin's live music thrived. Steve never turned down an invitation to spend time with the people he enjoyed, and maintained long lasting friendships with so many great people in the places he lived, including Wichita, Kansas and Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Do not be sad in his passing. He lived a wonderful, rich life, full of joy and love for the people with whom he surrounded himself, and for whom he would do anything. No funeral services are planned, as he believed strongly that we never say goodbye, we say "au revoir," - until we see each other again, if not in person, then in our hearts."
Dave Van Hueven
Good afternoon Mr. McGee,
Thank you for the email acknowledging Steve Sadowsky as a wonderful man, City of Austin employee, and genuine champion who protected Austin’s wonderful historic homes, properties, and structures. Austin was extremely fortunate to have his dedication over his vast career spanning more than two decades. Prior to joining CM Pool’s office, I previously worked in CM Tovo’s office. Like you, CM Tovo and our office had great appreciation and admiration for Steve. CM Tovo and our office worked closely with Preservation Austin and Steve’s peers within the City to present him with the attached Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Service Award was presented at the December, 20, 2021, special called meeting. Steve was able to join the meeting remotely to receive this award and had an opportunity to say a few words. If you would like to view (at the 1 minute, 48 seconds mark): Dec 20, 2021 Special City Council - Austin, TX (swagit.com)
Prior to CM Tovo leaving office, Steve’s colleagues reached out and requested the Austin History Center be renamed in honor of Betty Baker and Steve Sadowsky, two long-serving employees within the Preservation Office. Director Weeks agreed it would be a wonderful place to honor their work and legacies. On November, 3, 2022, CM Tovo brought forward a resolution to rename the Austin History Center’s Reading Room to "The Betty Baker and Steve Sadowsky Reading Room," and installing a commemorative plaque in their honor, Resolution 20221103-119.
Upon the passing of resolution 20221103-119, CM Tovo worked with the Austin History Center to schedule a dedication ceremony for the commemorative plaque. The dedication ceremony occurred on January 29, 2023. Former CM Tovo attended to assist in the presentation and dedication of the renaming of the Reading Room. CM Pool also attended this event to honor Betty Baker and Steve Sadowsky. The commemorative plaque was installed in April 2023.
I hope you are able to visit the Austin History Center to see the plaque honoring Steve.
A couple articles regarding the renaming:
Scheduling, Constituent Services, and Policy Advisor
City of Austin | Office of Leslie Pool – District 7