Auberge Resorts Collection has announced plans for a spring 2020 opening for its first urban retreat in Austin, Texas. Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection will be a modern interpretation of an historic residential estate, and it will be bookable for private events and corporate buyouts.
Designed by Ken Fulk, the 10-acre resort will have 42 rooms and 12 suites, as well as amenities including an organic urban farm, Lutie’s - the signature garden restaurant, a member’s club and an outdoor swimming pool.
Built in the Jazz Age in 1928, Commodore Perry Estate was originally the country home of Commodore Edgar and Lutie Perry, a place for them to entertain and connect with family when they weren’t traveling through Europe. The 10,800-square-foot Italianate mansion was designed by Dallas architect Henry Bowers Thompson in 1927. Declaring the home, “a great place to throw a party,” Perry was popular for his Gatsby-esque soirées on property. In subsequent decades, Commodore Perry Estate went through many chapters, housing several schools and adding a chapel, and serving as the site of prominent weddings and important Austin events. Located just north of The University of Texas at Austin in the historic neighborhood of Hancock, Commodore Perry Estate is surrounded by expansive grounds, English gardens, Waller Creek and a stone wall enclosing the property. The chapel and gardens can serve as the backdrop for special events, weddings and private celebrations.
Commodore Perry Estate includes a number of signature elements from Fulk, who is known for such projects as The Battery and Saint Joseph’s Arts Society, Legacy Records in New York’s Hudson Yards and notable private residential commissions. The interiors represent over two years of Fulk’s shopping excursions to Round Top Antiques Show, a famous Texas antiquing event. Fulk has curated a mix of custom and heirloom vintage pieces and worked in collaboration with architecture firm Moule and Polyzoides and local Austin firms Clayton & Little and Ten Eyck Landscape Architects to restore the estate.
The original mansion serves as the centerpiece of the estate; here, the five bedrooms from the Perry’s original residence have been transformed into hotel suites as a nod to its original inhabitants. Edgar Perry’s Suite, with its safari-inspired play of patterns, reflects a love of world travel and high culture, while Lutie Perry’s Suite presents a softer side in a palette of pink velvet, faux fur and muted leopard carpet. The downstairs Living Room has a new cocktail bar, and the sunny Solarium, with its original tile floors, can host small bites or cocktails. The Dining Room and Breakfast Room are dedicated to informal dining experiences throughout the day. With a wide range of indoor and outdoor lounge options, including the Loggia and Terrace, members and resident members can enjoy a daily menu of estate favorites and signature cocktails with seating for club programming, such as concerts, lectures or tastings. Membership at The Commodore Perry Estate offers members and their guests exclusive access to the resort in addition to cultural programming, experiences and events.
The new private club at Commodore Perry Estate will draw membership from the fabric of the Austin community. The club also seeks to acknowledge and support exceptional local and national talent in the arts, fashion, culinary, wellness and finance realms.
Adjacent to the mansion is the Inn, a newly built three-story hotel with 42 new guest rooms and seven terrace suites housed in a beautiful courtyard-style hotel structure shaded by Post Oak trees. Guest rooms and suites will have private balconies, custom furnishings and regionally sourced period pieces. The building, designed by Moule & Polyzoides, has a colonnade to reflect the history of the compound. Inside, the guest rooms and amenities envisioned from conception by Ken Fulk offer an elevated hotel experience with an eclectic mix of mid-century Italian and 1920’s Spanish pieces, a collection of vintage rugs and framed artworks.
The resort’s signature restaurant, Lutie’s, will serve lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Decorated with ivy, the restaurant aims for a sophisticated, yet classic country club-style aesthetic that includes a patio and all indoor and outdoor seating arranged to take in views of the English gardens and fountains.
Photo by Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection