TR17 Three Centuries of Austin Living
Tour Leaders: Oliver Franklin, Director Elisabet Ney Museum; John Volz, Principal, Volz O’Connell Hutson Architects; Juan Miró, Miguel Rivera, Principals, Miró Rivera Architects; David Mahler, Principal, Environmental Survey Consulting
Explore the architecture and landscapes of three stylistically contrasting estates that convey approaches to indoor and outdoor living in three distinct eras in Austin’s development. The 1892 home and studio of sculptress Elizabet Ney, created for her unconventional lifestyle, features a unique blend of neoclassical and medieval elements nestled in a native prairie landscape. The Commodore Perry Estate (Henry Bowers Thompson, 1928), built for a prominent cotton broker, includes a grand Italian Renaissance main house and garage surrounded by five acres of wooded land, a formal terraced garden, and several buildings later constructed to support education uses. The mansion and the sunken garden have recently been restored to their historic grandeur, and plans are under way for additional property development. The Westridge Residence (Miró Rivera Architects; David Mahler, landscape design, 2011) is a striking contemporary, small-family home in the Barton Hills neighborhood of South Austin. The grounds feature more than 100 species of carefully selected plants native to Central Texas.