Auberge Resorts Collection, owner and operator of boutique luxury resorts, residences and clubs, has been selected to manage the Commodore Perry Estate, a small luxury hotel to be developed on the historic “Commodore” Perry Estate in central Austin.
The property is being developed by an ownership team led by Austin-based developers Clark Lyda, The Marchbanks Company and Austin Pfiester. Woodbine Development Corporation is providing project-management services. The project’s creative team spearheading the redevelopment is comprised of internationally renowned urbanist Stefanos Polyzoides of Moule & Polyzoides from Pasadena, Calif., and interior designer Ken Fulk from San Francisco, collaborating with Austin-based Clayton & Little Architects and Ten Eyck Landscape Architects.
Plans call for the restoration of the historic landmark estate and the creation of an urban oasis on the property located in the heart of the city. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the estate is comprised of a 10,800-square-foot Italian Renaissance-style home and formal gardens enclosed within a 10-acre walled compound on the headwaters of Waller Creek.
The new luxury hotel will encompass 53 guestrooms, event space and a destination restaurant using ingredients sourced from the estate’s own organic gardens. In addition to a small hotel, the development will offer new Auberge-branded residences as part of the second phase of construction, complete with access to signature hotel amenities and services.
“Auberge has an outstanding reputation for creating hotels that have extraordinary character,” Dan Friedkin, chairman, Auberge Resorts Collection, said in a statement. “The Commodore Perry Estate offers an exceptional setting for Auberge’s signature style of tailored luxury and unforgettable guest experiences. It will be an ideal complement to the other iconic properties in our collection.”
“Auberge Resorts Collection has a proven track record of creating and managing remarkable properties,” Clark Lyda, partner and developer in the project, said in a statement. “We are pleased to have found an operator that shares both our vision for The Commodore Perry Estate and our commitment to ensuring its future as one of Austin’s most cherished gathering places.”
The Perry Mansion was designed in 1927 by prominent Dallas architect H.B. Thomson and is comprised of classical influences such as a central hall and loggia, carved limestone fireplaces, handcrafted plaster and ironwork and formal gardens. Located north of the University of Texas campus and the new Dell Medical School, the hotel will be an urban retreat for locals and visitors alike. The hotel will open in mid-2019.