The Commodore Perry Estate, a historic landmark in the heart of Central Austin, will enter a new phase with the development of a small luxury hotel, opening mid-2019 and operated by the high-end Auberge Resorts Collection.
The 10-acre property, tucked away at Red River and 41st streets, is the former home Edgar and Lutie Perry. It features a 10,800-square-foot Italian Renaissance-style home, designed by architect H.B. Thomson in 1927, as well as beautiful formal gardens.
Development plans call for the restoration of estate, as well as the creation of a "walled urban oasis." The new centerpiece will be the 53-room hotel and a locally inspired, onsite restaurant; the existing home will continue to operate as an event venue, and it will house four of the hotel's guestrooms. A second phase will include Auberge-branded residences, which will have access to luxe hotel amenities.
The project is spearheaded by Austin developers The Marchbanks Company, Clark Lyda, and Austin Pfiester. The team is rounded out by Stefanos Polyzoides and Ken Fulk of California, as well as local heavyweights Clayton & Little Architects, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, and Woodbine Development.
"We've worked closely with the neighborhood and preservation community and the design team for the past five years to ensure our commitment to the architectural integrity and original structures of the estate," says Lyda in a release. "We're thrilled to begin the process of preservation work this fall to maintain the property as one of Austin’s most cherished gathering places."
This will be the first-ever property in Texas for Auberge, which operates an elite collection of hotels, resorts, and private clubs that span from the Napa Valley to Aspen to Mexico. Construction will begin in early 2018.
"As we have with the other historic hotels in our collection, we will honor the architectural heritage of the estate while infusing it with the unique character that defines Austin," says Auberge president and CEO Craig Reid.
Austin's hotel scene is booming, with many developments taking shape downtown and in North Austin. Also announced this week: plans for a Cambria hotel on Rainey Street.