AUSTIN, TX – One of the city’s most iconic mid-century buildings underwent a year of renovation by a well-known local architectural firm, officials said Monday.
Built in 1960, the hanging building is located on N. Lamar Blvd. 2001 and is one of the few mid-century marvels in Austin. has been carefully restored to its original modernist hive and is now facing a unveiling. The redesign was led by the Austin architectural firm Mark Odom Studio.
In a press release, officials praised efforts to save the building, rather than demolishing it, by replacing it with new commercial buildings, as is often the standard of developers in fast-growing Austin. Instead, the building was saved by Texas-based insurance company BKCW, which is run by third-generation owner Meredith Spears.
The building was bought by Meredith and husband Tyler Spears, who both wanted it to revert to its original design style and intent, officials said. The furnishing, lighting and vintage art collaboration was carried out by The Renner Project, Kimberly Renner.
“The results are breathtaking, reminiscent of the modernist architecture and design of the time,” officials confirmed.