The historic Bohn house is a rare local example of Streamline Architecture, a late type of Art Deco architecture that emerged in the 1930s. The style favored curving forms, long horizontal lines, and occasionally nautical elements—all of which can be seen in this Old West Austin gem that will be on the upcoming AIA AUSTIN HOMES TOUR Oct 27 and 28. The original owner was interested in depicting Shangri-La, or at least a version of it that he has seen in a film in 1937. The new owners of the house wanted to refurbish, reconfigure, and expand the residence to fit their modern lifestyle.
The architects took a holistic approach, preserving the original character by using existing proportions and true-to-period craftsmanship to blend old and new; enhancing unique elements such as porthole windows, a curved glass solarium, and a circular door that mechanically operates at the touch of a button.
A view of the living room and inset porthole.
More of the living room and another inset porthole.
Here’s the circular door that opens with the push of a button. The original owner used to open the door on Christmas morning to reveal to his children the Christmas tree and all their presents in the living room.
The circle theme continues in the dining room.
The house now has five bedrooms, four full baths, and three half baths. The remodel of the now-6457-square-foot house reimagines the interior spaces to feel less segregated and expands the kitchen to create a new indoor and outdoor connection for a fresh feel.
The entertainment area.
The master bath.
Builder: Contempo Unique Homes
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAKE HOLT
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