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Commodore Perry Estate’s owners teamed with Auberge Resorts to set about reimagining the Austin, Texas-based property through a modern interpretation of its residential past: relaxed European elegance with true gracious Texas hospitality.

The redesign, which involved a combination of renovation and new construction, was a collaboration between architects Clayton Korte and Moule & Polyzoides, interior designer Ken Fulk Inc., and Ten Eyck Landscape Architects. The design team returned the historic components of the property to their former glory and built a new restaurant to serve as a backdrop to the historic gardens.

Throughout the property, every space has been furnished with a mix of custom and heirloom vintage pieces for an atmosphere that feels collected over time. The entry features the estate’s original curving wrought-iron staircase, with a new hand-painted ceiling fresco overhead.

Across from the mansion, next to the original carriage house, is a newly built three-story inn with guestrooms and terrace suites surrounding a central courtyard. The building, designed by Moule & Polyzoides, features an elegant colonnade suited to the history of the compound. Custom millwork built-ins, rounded plaster archways, furnishings based on Italianate and Spanish Revival antiques, and bathrooms tiled in a classic star-and-cross pattern were all chosen to inspire. Throughout the hotel, a collection of vintage rugs and framed artworks were carefully sourced by the design team.

Photo: Douglas Friedman

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