Old Austin Is Made New with Modern Luxury at the Commodore Perry Estate

Developer Clark Lyda and Auberge Resorts transformed a classic property to its former glory

By Hannah J. Phillips
Photographs by Douglas Friedman
Commodore Perry Estate

Turning up the gravel drive at the newly restored Commodore Perry Estate, one feels transported not just to Old Austin but to Italy itself. Built in 1928 and situated just minutes from downtown, the 10-acre property originally served as the country home of businessman Edgar Perry—known as the “Commodore.” Designed by architect Henry Bowers Thompson and inspired by Perry’s travels through Europe, the estate has been both expanded and transformed to its former glory thanks to local developer Clark Lyda and his partnership with Auberge Resorts.

A peacock-gilded door, one of many preserved relics from the original estate, guides guests into the mansion’s marbled entry. The adjacent library is your first glimpse of the reimagined Ken Fulk interiors, marking his signature mix of classic and eclectic luxury. Fulk’s style shines even brighter in the bar, where a pair of zebras hold court over bright patterns and rich textures. But the best feature is the Solarium’s original tile, which set the tone for much of the resort’s color palette. Fulk’s inspiration moves between history and fantasy in the mansion’s upstairs suites, each named for the estate’s original owners and featuring extravagant custom wallpaper.

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The estate’s newest addition retains that European feel with its muraled grand entryway and spacious library-lounge. Designed by California-based architects Moule & Polyzoides, the inn’s guest rooms strike a more minimal, modern vibe while incorporating the mansion’s curated feel.

Of course, one of the most anticipated highlights is yet to come, with Lutie’s garden restaurant set to open this fall. Helmed by Barley Swine alumni executive chef Bradley Nicholson and executive pastry chef Susana Querejazu, the destination dining experience will be the crown jewel in the estate’s glorious blend of European elegance and Texas hospitality.


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