This circa 1920 home located in central Austin, had become a blight in the neighborhood after sitting empty and gutted for several years. When the previous Owner’s long-term plans changed, it was offered up for sale and purchased by a young family who sought to restore the home to its original glory.

For the most part, the original configuration was either maintained or restored, save the additions of modern kitchen, screened porch and rear entry which were added to vault the home into the current century. The rear entry completes a continuous loop through the first floor, creating an open floorplan with clearly defined rooms. Adjacent to this loop and the kitchen is a new screened porch which is accessed through the dining room via a giant sliding glass pocket door.

The interiors, much like the envelope were developed with one foot in the past and one in the present with a nod to the playful. New steel handrails and canopies are paired with original stucco and shiplap, whimsical green floors are selected in the kitchen to compliment the owners growing jadeite collection and an Eames house bird is carefully perched on the entry canopy above the original front door sidelites.

Though the structure was updated and respectfully reconfigured to accommodate modern living, it retains the scale and enhances the charm of the original home. It remains a contributing structure within its historic neighborhood.


2016 ASID Design Excellence

Transformation in Hemphill Park