Look inside mystery house on Austin AIA Homes Tour to see how two architectural eras meet

From the road, Dan and Sylvia Sharplin’s household appears to be like a freshly painted and landscaped 1915 cottage overlooking the expanding modern downtown below.

Located in the Castle Hill Regional Historic District west of Lamar Boulevard and section of the West Line Countrywide Historic Sign up District in Aged West Austin, the property maintains some of its quirkiness in its off-center front doorway, and its appeal in the in depth geometric window muntins.

The side view of this house, which you can see from Lamar Boulevard, shows a modern home except for the small original facade.

Behind that very carefully preserved entrance exterior, however, is an expansive contemporary house with all the creature comforts of the 21st century. The home is on this year’s AIA Austin Houses Tour, place together by the Austin chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

This year, the tour options nine properties, all of which can be seen nearly and three of which can be noticed in-individual. This property, made by LaRue Architecture and built by Foursquare Builders, is one particular of the three readily available to see in particular person.

Different details of this Castle Hill home become artwork, including the custom wine rack, the dining room light fixture and the tilework in the backsplash of the kitchen.

Best assets, not house

The Sharplins found this house in 2016. Sylvia’s now a actual estate agent, and Dan’s the govt chairman of FlashParking. They desired to move out of the suburbs into a close-in house, but acquiring an readily available whole lot or a home that had room to be up-to-date was a obstacle. They found this home and were being bought on the see. 

“You will find not an additional house like this that has this kind of see in this community,” Sylvia Sharplin claims.

It was not for sale, but they started conversing to the proprietor, a girl in her 80s who experienced developed up in the property and put in a lot more than 50 years there.

This home in the Castle Hill Local Historic District sits on the edge of a hill overlooking downtown Austin. The original 1915 home has been redone to look like the original home from the front.

They talked to her about their really like of the house and their wish to give it a new daily life. They observed them selves as being the stewards of this house. They would have to preserve the entrance façade, as was required because of the home’s inclusion in the Castle Hill Nearby Historic District.

The Sharplins experienced never ever even been within when the owner agreed to enable them obtain the house, and they gave her time to steadily transfer whilst they invested a yr performing with architect Jim LaRue on making the prepare for the house.