Old West Austin estate goes up in flames during early morning fire

An estate in Austin was the victim of a devastating fire early in the morning, authorities said.

In the early hours of March 12th, Austin firefighters were called to 2308 Woodlawn Dr., better known as Long Estate. According to the Austin Fire Department, the structure was “heavily involved” when the crews arrived at the scene around 3:30 am and additional support firms were called in to help fight the two-alarm fire.

It took the crews until about 8 a.m. on Friday morning to control the fire and resume traffic on nearby Windsor Road.

2308 Woodlawn Blvd, 12,000 square foot residence being remodeled. No inmates. The initial fire was put down, additional resources responded to an ongoing fire attack. pic.twitter.com/7NNE6TO3nD

– Austin Fire Info (@AustinFireInfo) March 12, 2021

AFD gave no reason for the fire.

The eight bedroom, 11 bath Revivial Greek mansion sits on over half an acre in Old West Austin and was designed by Louis C. Page, co-founder of the famous Page Southerland Page architectural firm. The property has had only a handful of owners in its 80-year history, including Joe and Teresa Long, local philanthropists and namesake of the Long Center. The couple bought the property in 1992 and sold it in 2019.

Last summer, the historic house was put on the auction block and sold for an undisclosed amount. In July 2020, Tara McLean, President of Elite Auctions, who handled the sale, spoke about the size of the property.

“No expense was spared during the initial construction, with a concrete pier-and-beam foundation, detailed craftsmanship, exquisite building materials imported from around the world, and an art gallery,” McLean said last summer. “This … property is a true Xanadu and will go to the highest bidder on auction day.”

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