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on the cover: W e s t l a k e H o u s e b y A lt e r s t u d i o A r c h i t e c t s ; Photogr aphy by C a sey Dunn.


Social Hour


Homes Tour


Urban Nomads 76

Column: Kristin Armstrong


Profile in Style: Tim Cuppett


Exposed: Matt Garcia


Behind the Scenes


An Alchemy of Design & Science 84

Perspective: Michael Hsu


Street Fashion


Stylish Spectacles 94


Style Pick

Our Little Secret

Before & After 98


Partners by Design 68



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Arts & Entertainment Calendar

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Dining Pick

Gallery Spotlight


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: arhtur andersson sketchbook photo by bill sallans; the rausers photo by julie cope; entry to the gracias's home photo by casey dunn; the dowlings's home photo by casey dunn; the gracias's home photo by casey dunn; greg hammond's home photo by molly winters.


Editor’s Letter Oh, Instagram! Not only are we interested in what other locals are sharing (see our Instagrammer of the Month in Tribeza Talk on p. 53), but be sure to follow us (@ tribeza) for behind-the-scenes glimpses at what goes into making the magazine every month.


e recently sold our house—the first one we have ever owned, the place where we brought our daughter home from the hospital and spent many hours of the first year of her life. A month after the move, I am still not ready to even drive down the street. It’s too difficult to think about how that pink and white bird wallpaper from Dwell Studio that we installed in the nursery is probably long gone, or about what’s missing from the porch—the custom cedar bench my husband built just for the space. Our homes, how we live in them and how they make us feel, are as personal as it gets, and as we worked on this year’s Architecture Issue, there was one consistent theme—architects in Austin take to heart both their great responsibility of creating these spaces and the intimate relationships they cultivate with their clients through this process. From the modern Westlake home by Alterstudio Architects that is featured on the cover to Francesca Hernandez’s yurt in Del Valle, we celebrate Austin design in its many different forms. Meet stylish architect Matt Garcia in this month’s Exposed column on page 34. Michael Hsu shares his personal journey to becoming an architect in a thoughtful personal essay in the Perspective column on page 38. Writer S. Kirk Walsh toured the Tarrytown home of New York transplants Kim and Tim Dowling in “An Alchemy of Design & Science” on page 84. The Dowlings opened the innovative and wildly popular cycling studio RIDE in downtown Austin enlisting the famed New York architect Ali Tayar, principal of Parallel Design, to work on both their house and the studio. Photographer Casey Dunn brought his excellent eye for style and detail to this issue and thoughtfully captured the Dowling’s home as well as the Gracia family’s home featured on the cover and in “Rooms With a View” on page 58.


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School Of Rock 10th Anniversary Event



Fans joined Jack Black, Mike White, Richard Linklater, and Miranda Cosgrove to celebrate the 10th reunion of “The School of Rock� at the Paramount Theatre. After a screening of the film, the night continued with an after party at the Gibson Austin Showroom, where the original prep school band members from the film were outfitted by Gibson Brand to 7 play a reunion jam session.




Big Brothers Big Sisters Ice Ball

Austinites channeled cooler temperatures at the ninth annual Ice Ball, a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas . Since its inception, the gala, auction, and dinner has raised over $500,000 to benefit the mentorship program.

School of Rock: 1. Maryam Hassan, Jordan-Claire Green & Caitlin Hale 2. Richard Linklater, Mike White, Miranda Cosgrove & Jack Black 3. Sarah Anne Mockbee & Susan LaMarca 4. Miranda Cosgrove Ice Ball: 5. Lucrecia & Dave Alben 6. Danny Goldstein & Margo Johnson 7. Nancy Lane & Nolan Kilby 8. Courtney Cannatti & Lindsay Toren 9. Chloe Sanchez, Hannah Leahy & Kim Nguyen


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Jose Luis 25th Anniversary Party TRIBEZA and Jose Luis

Salon celebrated the launch of the September magazine and 25th anniversary of the Sixth Street salon with “On Stage,” a cocktail party and




fashion show benefitting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Texas Book Festival Sneak Peak

Fans of the Texas Book Festival gathered at The Contemporary Austin for beverages, bites, and to get a first look at the Festival Author List and Poster, featuring the work of 2013 Festival Artist Randal Ford. The Book Festival will be held on October





26-27 at the Texas State Capitol.

Julian Gold & Robert Rodriguez Style Event Industry insiders gathered to celebrate an evening of fall fashion with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres hosted by Julian Gold and designer Robert Rodriguez. Coinciding with a two-day trunk show, the event celebrated the launch of Rodriguez's Fall/Resort Collection.




Jose Luis: 1. Michael Zuniga, Jose Buitron, Beau Clements & Bill Pitts 2. Megan Grady, Kelsie Schoch & Carly LaPlace 3.Tripler Roden & Guest 4. Danielle Benson & Jessica Chapman Texas Book Festival: 5. Jordan & Curtis Smith 6. Jennifer Garcia & Cathy Casey 7. Lois Kim & Jake Silverstein Robert Rodriguez at Julian Gold: 8. Atticus Boyd, Ophelia Talley & Michelle Mitchell 9. Stephanie Gawlik & Martha Lynn Kale 10. Dusti Chopelas & Jillian Simon


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Ballet Fête

Instructed to “dress for a dream,” guests celebrated Ballet Austin at its annual Fête benefit. Hosted at the Driskill Hotel, the soiree featured a lavish seated dinner, auction, and a late-night dance party.




Ballet Fête: 1. Bethany Morgio & Katie Caplener 2. Kelly Schneider & Kris Swift 3. Paige Genung, Alex Genung & Taylor Zarsky 4. Chrissy Bricker & Tyler Ryska 5.Tamara Sorrell & Matthew Ketterman 6. Jenna Gasper & Mac McElwrath 7. Frank Shott & Jaime Witts 8. Sofia Avila, Mandy Curi & Victoria Avila 9. Elizabeth Hufnagel & Mason Saltarrelli 10. Jessica Phillips & Barry Casebeer 11. Leah Getsinger, Brandy Zukanovich, Michelle Mullins & Stacie Bennett


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Pratham Austin Gala It was Bollywood Meets Austin for the local Pratham chapter's first gala in Austin. Pratham is one of the largest literacy organizations in the world and the U.S. chapters raise funds and awareness for the




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Megan Park at By George Austinites previewed the Resort ’14 collection of Australian designer Megan Park at By George, one of three U.S. locations chosen to debut Park’s return to U.S. markets. Over cocktails from Jeffrey’s, Park shared more about her upcoming line and her modern take on feminine prints.

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WERK Emceed by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 3 Winner Raja, Austin PRIDE presented ‘Werk!’—a fashion show featuring designers from “Project Runway,” live hip hop performances, and food from Sway, Uchi, and Easy Tiger, among other local bites.




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The Right Nest BY K R I STI N ARMSTRONG I llu s tr atio n by Joy G a ll ag h er

We recently moved, kind of a whirlwind decision (I’m talking

DocuSign from Barcelona, drinking vino tinto, and clicking my initials from another time zone) and suddenly here we are—home sweet home. This house is just plain good—good bones, good energy, a good respite from the world. Remember being tucked in as a kid at bedtime? Dim lights, covers pulled up tight, a story read by a well loved voice, a prayer, and a kiss on the forehead? Well that’s how I feel in our new digs, tucked in. The space is both welcoming and private, normally a contrast, but not here. The high ceiling and heavy beams in the main living area are like a good yoga instructor, constantly reminding me to breathe deeply, to root in order to rise. The kitchen island is so big that ships may drop anchor here. It is already a gathering place for hungry children, and thirsty friends. If I don’t host countless dinner parties here, I am the kind of fool that Mr. T would indeed pity. The dining room is great too, but with a kitchen like this, no one will likely ever see it, and I don’t mind that at all. There is a screened-in porch that begs for a cold snap, a fire, or a booming Texas storm. For now, I go out early in the morning in my pajamas, and curl up on the sofa with my coffee and my devotionals. No one can see me, and I can’t see anyone. After having lived a girl-in-the-bubble life at times, this feels delectable, like a long stretch after a good night's sleep, toes curling, and a smiling sigh. You have to enter through a front courtyard, so there are no more solicitors or doorbells causing a dog bark cacophony. I can work for long stretches without distraction. My office has lots of natural

light, tall bookshelves filled with favorite books, and framed faces of people who have changed my life. I need to work in a place that reminds me simultaneously of where I’m going and how far I have already come. For me, inspiration comes at the intersection of courage and contentment so I need to be intentional about my space, at my desk and in my head. I have been reading again, voraciously, like slurping soup from a bowl, forgetting the spoon. Usually if my mind is curious and hungry, it’s a good indicator that my soul is at rest. My bedroom is hidden at the end of a long hallway, with plenty of buffer from late-night sleepovers, surround-sound movies, and pantry raids. We have enough space to spread out, but not so much that we forget why we like being together. Teenage moods have room to ebb and flow, and mom gets a mini fridge in her bathroom. Every mood can be mitigated with a hot bath and cold glass of Sauv B., I’m just sayin’. When I first drove up, hot and grumpy in house hunter mode, I wasn’t thinking this was the house for us. I thought I had a certain style, more contemporary or more European, and this place is more craftsman, more wood, more mellow, more something. Like walking up and making introductions on a blind date, I just wasn’t sure. But just like blind dates can yield soulmates, stopping to pick up a real estate flyer can precipitate a new nest. Sometimes we just don’t really know what we are looking for, what we need, until we find it. The right nest, like the right lover, feels the same at the core—like coming home. Restless girl may finally be in the mood, ready at last, to root.

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rowing up, Matt Garcia always thought he was going to be an engineer. As a steadfast teen, he drove up to visit Texas Tech in Lubbock from his hometown of San Antonio the summer before his senior year of high school to meet with an advisor. After the eight-hour drive, he discovered that no one from the engineering department was available, so he met with the only person who was—someone from the architecture program. “At that time, I didn’t realize what an architect did, but within a few moments in to that conversation, I knew it was what I was meant to do.” He worked for a big firm in LA after college, but kept dreaming of moving back to Austin. He landed his first job working for the legendary Dick Clark, and spent six years with him. “I wouldn’t be doing what I am without what I learned from him [Clark],” he says. “There is much more to being an architect than just the design.” This is the part—the personal relationships—that Garcia enjoys most about his job. “It can’t be all business…you have to understand how people live and how they interact with each other. My clients have to trust me.” Garcia, who launched his firm two years ago and offices at Canopy Studios, currently has several exciting projects on the boards like modern constructions on Stratford Drive and Pemberton Place, and a farmhouse in Manor, Texas that will be completed in 2014. “Our firm always has our signature, but we don’t force anything on our clients…we help make their vision happen.” L . smith ford

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What is the most beautiful place in the world you’ve visited? The Masai Mara in Kenya—there was a sunset and a couple Masai tribesman. I'll never forget it. What is one thing most people don’t know about you? Most people don't know I can take a Vespa scooter apart and put it back together. It’s a weekend hobby of mine. What is your most treasured possession? An old, short-sleeve button-down shirt that belonged to my grandfather Arthur. The shirt is


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about 40 to 45 years old, and I wear it a couple times a year. Who are your favorite heroes in real life? My architect buddies, who had to start their own firm during the recession. It was really hard for them, but they worked hard and made it through to better times like today. They inspired me more than anything to start my own firm. If you weren't in your current career, what else would you try? Fixing Vespas and coaching high school basketball.

I would love it. What do you never travel without? An iPod full of music and good headphones. What piece of art would you most like to own? Any form of art by Donald Judd. A furniture piece would be partciularly awesome. Where do you find inspiration for your work? Inspiration is easy in Austin. There are so many beautiful natural and manmade settings in and around town. Throw in all the creative people and it's hard not to be inspired.

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1. Oliver Peoples Gregory Peck Frames. My daily eyeglasses; doesn’t hurt that Atticus Finch is one of my favorite fictional characters. 2. 5x5 Rhodia orange sketchpad Perforated sheets make it easy to sketch a detail and hand it directly to the builder. 8x8 Staedtler blue grid vellum paper. All our houses start on this paper. 3. Timmy Bob HELM Boots I was an early HELM adopter and have way too many pairs; now I’m even designing a house for [HELM boots founder] Joshua Bingaman. 4. Le Pen by Marvy Uchida. Great for sketching and available in lots of colors. 5. Rotring Rapid PRO mechanical pencil. Solid metal, perfectly heavy, and comes in a handsome steel case. 6. Persol Roadster sunglasses. I wear these everywhere. 7. Moleskine weekly planner. I still like to write down all my plans on paper! tribeza.com october 2013




i n h i s ow n wor ds

Michael Hsu Pri nci pal Arch itect, AIA , IIDA

A son of a ship captain’s journey to understanding the environments around him.


rchitecture for me is

brothers. My grandfather was an architect,

absorbed the brash design of the Ameri-

about creating experienc-

and my mom trained as a chef and artist.

can west from an outsider's perspective,

es tuned to the activities

Political tensions between Taiwan and

taking stock of its grit and burly grace,

that happen within them.

China prompted our family to move to the

measuring its swagger against the cal-

Spaces can be like music.

U.S., and we arrived in Houston when I

ligraphic lines that curved and whispered

The busy, social energy of a restaurant is

was three years old. As a cultural alien in

across so many Chinese surfaces.

a compressed, syncopated melody that's

our adopted city, when you don't speak the

meant to be enjoyed for a short while. In

language, you rely on what you can see. I

outsider in an unfamiliar place, I didn't

contrast, a house is breathed in over years,

became an avid observer, quietly examining

know at the time that what felt like a

its harmonic compositions keeping patient

every detail as I worked to make sense of

liability would turn out to be a gift. I

time with the rhythms of daily life. In either

this new home.

learned to notice details, habits, and pat-

case, the experience grows out of a collec-

We carried our culture within us and

terns that may have seemed unremarkable

tion of individual notes which together form

also sought it out, tilting naturally toward

to others. But to me, they began to form a

an expressive whole. Our studio's working

its familiar feel and f lavors. I logged

visual dictionary, the code to understand-

method relies on such details, building from

plenty of hours in downtown Houston's

ing and inhabiting my environment. Even-

elements observed over time, synthesizing

Chinese restaurants, soaking in their

tually, such close observation became less

disparate moments into something we hope

dimly-lit interiors and bustling warmth.

of a necessity and more of a rewarding

will be both fresh and welcoming.

But we actually lived in Pasadena, home

practice. Being an outsider taught me how

to Gilley's and a town culture of rodeo

to pay careful attention to the smallest

bravado worn baldly as the anecdote to

elements, to how they fit within a system,

particularly the experience of emigrating

suburban boredom. Here my Dad devel-

forming the patterns and constellations

from Taiwan to Texas. I was born in Taipei,

oped a love of BBQ, the food that initi-

that make the world not just beautiful,

son of a ship's captain and the oldest of two

ated us into Texas life. In these places, I

but full of meaning.

This process of observing and synthesizing meaningful details has personal origins,


Thrust into these circumstances, an

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october Calendars arts & entertainment

Entertainment Calendar Music bright light social hour

October 3, 10pm Emo's Wild belle

October 4, 10pm Lambert's ACL Music Festival

October 4-6 & 11-13 Zilker Park

The shouting matches with the blind boys of alabama

October 9, 7pm Stubb's

October 22, 7pm Stubb's Atlas genius

October 23, 7pm Stubb's Barenaked ladies

October 24, 8pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater MIchael Franti & SPearhead

October 25, 7pm Stubb's

Widespread panic

October 25 & 26, 8pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater

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WHiskey shivers

Stoney Larue

October 9, 8pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater October 10, 10pm Stubb's WIlco

October 11, 8pm Stubb's Franz ferdinand

October 12, 10pm Emo's Typhoon

October 12, 10pm Lambert's The boxer rebellion

October 16, 7pm The Parish

Sir elton John

October 17, 9:30pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater John Fogerty

October 19, 8pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater


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October 30, 8pm Emo's October 31, 9pm Antone's

he's my brother she's my sister

October 31, 9pm The Parish

Film Soul of america

October 3, 8pm Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

Austin film festival

October 24 through 31 The Paramount Theatre

Movies in the park: "Ghostbusters"

October 24, 7:30pm Republic Square Park

Theatre THe book of mormon

October 1 through 13 Bass Concert Hall

Dial M for Murder

October 4 through 13 B. Iden Payne Theatre

The boy who loved monsters and the girl who loved peas

October 12 through 20

Long Center for the Performing Arts AN evening with C.S. Lewis

October 16, 6pm The Paramount Theatre

Comedy Donnell Rawlings

October 2 through 5 Cap City Comedy Club Miranda sings

October 8, 7pm Cap City Comedy Club Pete correale

October 9 through 12 Cap City Comedy Club Bo Burnham

October 10, 8pm The Paramount Theatre Dov davidoff

October 16 through 19 Cap City Comedy Club John Oliver

October 25, 8pm The Paramount Theatre


Children's storytime

October 1, 10am French Legation Museum

gems glam jam 5k and family fun fest

October 19, 8am Reunion Ranch

Family bingo Night

October 25, 6:30pm Emmaus Parish Life Center Halloween Children's Concert

October 27, 2pm

Long Center for the Performing Arts

Other 2nd annual whiskies of the world

October 2, 6pm Austin Music Hall

足Tribeza issue release party

October 9, 6pm 5 North Peak Road

Generosity multiplied

October 16, 6:30pm Circuit of the Americas

2013 austin signature chefs auction

October 17, 6:30pm Onion Creek Country Club

Fave awards Gala 2013

October 18, 6pm Hilton Austin Downtown Leap casino royale

October 18 W Hotel

art outside festival

October 18 through 21 Apache Pass

Smoke out saturday

October 19, 4pm

Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden La dolce vita food & wine festival

October 24 Laguna Gloria

Ghoulwill ball 2013

October 25, 8pm The W Hotel

Prevention r3 Summit

October 25 through 26

Long Center for the Performing Arts SRDC Literacy For Life Gala

October 20, 5:30pm The Westin Austin at the Domain wizard world austin comic con 2013

October 25 through 27 Austin Convention Center Texas Book festival

October 26 through 27 Texas State Capitol

Austin yoga festival

October 26 through 27 Fiesta Gardens

Upcoming Texas Women's Conference

November 2 Austin Convention Center Horseshoe Bay Wine and Dine Festival

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West End 1st Thursday Open until 8pm October 5 Davis gallery

Landscapes: Interior-Exterior Opening Reception, 7-9pm Through November 16 october 5 wally workman gallery

Stella Alesi: Speck Opening Reception, 6-8pm October 5 Women & THeir Work

Leigh Merrill Opening Reception, 7-9pm October 5 Davis gallery

Landscape Show: Laurel Daniel, Sandra Langston Opening Reception, 7-9pm October 9 Hilton Austin

"Building Bridges" Art Celebration, 6-9pm October 19 Stephen l clark Gallery

20th Anniversary Show, 6-9pm October 26 Blanon museum of art

Blanton Artist Talk: Waltercio Caldas, 1-2pm

Ongoing art on 5th

Texas Top Thirty Exhibition Through October 19 Blanton Museum of Art

Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475-1540 October 5 through January 5 The Nearest Air: A Survey of Works by Waltercio Caldas October 27 through January 12


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C A l e n da r s

film festival

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Texas Furniture from the Ima Hogg Winedale Collection Through October 6 Views of the Capitol: 125 Years in the Making Through December 31 Co-lab projects

Lame Lewd and Depressed Through October 30 The contemporary Austin: The Jones Center

Erin Curtis: Furthest West Through January 5 Liam Gillick Through January 5 Marianne Vitale Through January 5

OCTOBER 24 - 31, 2013

Film Passes starting at $50 | 8 days of film and parties Buy Film Passes at Waterloo Records, by calling (512)478-4795 or visit austinfilmfestival.com


Landscapes: Interior-Exterior October 5 through November 16

Austin Film Festival

Dragonfly Gallery at Rosedale

October 24-31 austinfilmfestival.com

Davis Gallery

12" x 12" Through October 26

Gallery Shoal Creek

Metaphorically Speaking: René Alvarado + Marianne McGrath Through October 12 Landscape Perspectives: Jerry Ruthven + Kirk Tatum Through November 9 Lora Reynolds Gallery

The New Sincerity Through November 2 Frank Selby: Candles and Games Through November 2 Wally workman gallery

Stella Alesi: Speck October 5 through October 26 Women and Their Work

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation THIRST Through December 30


elebrating its 20th year this October 24-31, the Austin Film Festival promises a week of parties, panels, and screenings for every film fanatic. The festival will kick off with the 11th annual Film & Food Party, which offers not only the opportunity to schmooze with incredible filmmakers and screenwriters, but also to enjoy specialty cocktails from Twin Liquors and cuisine from beloved Austin restaurants from Foreign & Domestic to Whole Foods' Market Lounge. The party benefits AFF’s Young Filmmakers Program, which partners with the AISD school district and other local organizations to give kids the opportunity to develop storytelling skills and foster creativity through filmmaking and screenwriting. This year’s AFF lineup includes world premieres, documentaries, and both foreign and local films. Several legendary filmmakers and screenwriters, such as Vince Gilligan, creator of the television show Breaking Bad, and Shane Black, the writer and director of films such as Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, will present retrospectives of films that influenced their work, like The French Connection and My Man Godfry. Films will be shown at various theaters throughout downtown Austin. The conference, which includes interactive panels, meet and greets, workshops, and roundtables, will be hosted at the Driskill Hotel October 24-27. For more information and tickets, visit austinfilmfestival.com. m. bryce

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museums & galleries

Art Spaces Museums The Contemporary austin: laguna gloria

3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458 8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tu–W 12-4, Th-Su 10–4 Grounds hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 10–5 amoa.org

the contemporary austin: Jones Center

gallery spotlight

Stephen L. Clark Gallery


assionate about celebrating Southern and Southwestern fine art photographers and photography, 20 years ago Stephen Clark had a realization about art in Austin. “There were very fine artists working in the region, yet few people in Austin acquiring the work,” Clark says. “I wanted to change that.” Recognizing a niche and desire for what are described on his website as “Cowboy Fine Art Photographs,” Clark opened the Stephen L. Clark Gallery in 1993 and began to curate work by photographers including James Evans, Keith Carter, and Bill Wittliff, who were doing “world class work in our part of the world,” he explains. Many of these photographs feature desert landscapes, cowboys, horses, and other flora and fauna specific to Texas and other parts of the South and Southwest. These photographs quickly found an audience with the gallery’s growing clientele. As Clark’s audience grew, so did the number of artists whose work he showed, a roster which now includes Kate Breakey, Rick Williams, Jack Spencer, and Adam Jahiel, all of whom have made notable contributions to the history of Texan photography. On Saturday, October 19, the gallery will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an opening reception of seminal photographs from these photographers from the past two decades. In addition, the show will feature other notable prints by renowned photographers, such as “Rue Mouffetard,” by French photographer Henri CartierBresson. The show runs through December 7. For more information, visit cowboyfineartphotographs.com, call (512) 477 0828, or visit the gallery in person at 1101 West Sixth Street. m. bryce


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700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: W 12-11, Th-Sa 12-9, Su 12-5 arthousetexas.org Austin Children’s Museum

201 Colorado St. (512) 472 2499 Hours: Tu 10–5, W 10–8, Th–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 austinkids.org Blanton Museum of Art

French Legation Museum

802 San Marcos St. (512) 472 8180 Hours: Tu–Su 1–5 frenchlegationmuseum.org George Washington Carver Museum

1165 Angelina St. (512) 974 4926 Hours: M–Th 10–9, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 ci.austin.tx.us/carver Harry Ransom Center

300 E. 21st St. (512) 471 8944 Hours: Tu–W 10–5, Th 10–7, F 10–5, Sa–Su 12–5 hrc.utexas.edu LBJ Library and Museum

2313 Red River St. (512) 721 0200 Hours: M–Su 9–5 lbjlibrary.org

Mexic–Arte Museum

200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 471 7324 Hours: Tu– F 10–5, Sa 11–5, Su 1–5 blantonmuseum.org

419 Congress Ave. (512) 480 9373 Hours: M–Th 10–6,  F–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 mexic–artemuseum.org

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

O. Henry Museum

1800 Congress Ave. (512) 936 8746 Hours: M–Sa 9–6, Su 12–6 thestoryoftexas.com Elisabet Ney Museum

304 E. 44th St. (512) 458 2255 Hours: W–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 ci.austin.tx.us/elisabetney

409 E. 5th St. (512) 472 1903 Hours: W–Su 12–5

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

605 Robert E. Lee Rd. (512) 445 5582 Hours: W–F 10–4:30, Sa–Su 1–4:30 umlaufsculpture.org

image courtesy of stephen l. clark gallery

arts & entertainment

arts & entertainment

Galleries Art on 5th

3005 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 481 1111 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 arton5th.com The Art Gallery at John-William Interiors

3010 W. Anderson Ln. (512) 451 5511 Hours: M–Sa 10–6, Su 12–5 jwinteriors.com Artworks Gallery

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1550 Hours: M–Sa 10–5 artworksaustin.com

Austin Art Garage

2200 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. J (512) 351-5934 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 austinartgarage.com Austin Art Space Gallery and Studios

7739 North Cross Dr., Ste. Q (512) 771 2868 Hours: F–Sa 11–6 austinartspace.com capital fine art

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 628 1214 Hours: M-Sa 10-5 capitalfineart.com champion

800 Brazos St. (512) 354 1035 By Appt. Only championcontemporary.com Creative Research Laboratory

2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 322 2099 Hours: Tu–Sa 12–5 uts.cc.utexas.edu/~crlab

Davis Gallery

837 W. 12th St. (512) 477 4929 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 davisgalleryaustin.com Flatbed Press

2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 477 9328 Hours: M-F 10-5, Sa 10-3 flatbedpress.com Gallery Black Lagoon

4301-A Guadalupe St. (512) 371 8838 Hours: Sa 1-5 galleryblacklagoon.com Gallery Shoal Creek

2832 MLK Jr. Blvd. #3 (512) 454 6671 Hours: Tu–F 11–5, Sa 10–3 galleryshoalcreek.com grayDUCK gallery

608 W. Monroe Dr. (512) 826 5334 Hours: W 11-6, Th 4-8, F-Sa 11-6, Su 12-5 grayduckgallery.com Jean–Marc Fray Gallery

1009 W. 6th St. (512) 457 0077 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 jeanmarcfray.com La Peña

(512) 474 1700 Hours: M–Sa 10-6 lotusasianart.com

Hours: Tu–Sa 10–4 stephenlclarkgallery.com

Mondo Gallery

1011 West Lynn Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5 (512) 236 1333 studiotenarts.com

4115 Guadalupe St. Hours: Tu - Sa, 12- 6 mondotees.com The Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery

6500 St. Stephen’s Dr. (512) 327 1213 Hours: M-F 9-5 sstx.org Okay Mountain Gallery

1619 E. Cesar Chavez St. Sa 1-5 or by appointment (512) 293 5177 okaymountain.com

Wally Workman Gallery

1202 W. 6th St. (512) 472 7428 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–5 wallyworkman.com

Women & Their Work

Pro–Jex Gallery

Yard Dog

1710 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. C (512) 472 7707 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–4 Red Space Gallery

1203 W. 49th St. By appointment only redspacegallery.com

Russell Collection Fine Art

Lora Reynolds Gallery


1009 W. 6th St., #101

502 W. 33rd St. (512) 453 3199 By Appt. Only fluentcollab.org

1710 Lavaca St. (512) 477 1064 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–5 womenandtheirwork.org

1137 W. 6th St. (512) 478 4440 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 russell–collection.com

Lotus Gallery


1118 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1831 Hours: M-Sa 10-5, Su 12-4

Positive Images

227 Congress Ave., #300 (512) 477 6007 Hours: M-F 8-5, Sa 8-3 lapena–austin.org

360 Nueces St., #50 (512) 215 4965 Hours: W-Sa 11-6 lorareynolds.com

studio 10

1319 Rosewood Ave. By appointment only sofagallerytx.com Stephen L. Clark Gallery

1101 W. 6th St. (512) 477 0828

1510 S. Congress Ave. (512) 912 1613 Hours: M–F 11–5, Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 yarddog.com

Alternative Spaces ARTPOST: The Center for Creative Expression

4704 E. Cesar Chavez St. artpostaustin.com Austin Presence

330 Bee Cave Rd., #700 (512) 306 9636 Hours: Tu–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 austinpresence.com

M u s e u m s & Ga l l e r i e s

Bay6 Gallery & Studios

Roi James

5305 Bolm Rd. (512) 553 3849 By appointment only bay6studios.com

3620 Bee Cave Rd., Ste. C (512) 970 3471 By appointment only roijames.com

Big Medium

Space 12

5305 Bolm Rd., #12 (512) 939 6665 bigmedium.org Clarksville Pottery & Galleries

4001 N. Lamar Blvd., #550 (512) 454 9079 Hours: M-Sa 11-6, Su 1-4 Co-Lab Project Space

613 Allen St. (512) 300 8217 By appointment only colabspace.org farewell Books

913 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 476 DOMY Hours: Mon-Sa 12–8, Su 12–7 domystore.com Julia C. Butridge Gallery

1110 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 974 4025 Hours: M–Th 10–9:30, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 ci.austin.tx.us/ dougherty/gallery.htm Pump Project Art Complex

702 Shady Ln. (512) 351 8571 pumpproject.org

Quattro Gallery

12971 Pond Springs Rd. (512) 219 3150 Hours: M–Tu 10–3, W–Sa 11–4 quattrogallery.com

3121 E. 12th St. (512) 524 7128 T-F 10-5 space12.org

Fredericksburg AGAVE GALLERY

208 E. San Antonio St. Hours: M-Sa 10-5 (830) 990 1727 agavegallery.com ARTISANS AT ROCKY HILL

234 W. Main St. (830) 990 8160 Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30, Su 11-3 artisansatrockyhill.com FREDERICKSBURG ART GALLERY

314 E. Main St. (830) 990 2707 Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30, Su 12-5 fbartgallery.com INSIGHT GALLERY

214 W. Main St. (830) 997 9920 Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5:30 insightgallery.com WHISTLE PIK

425 E. Main St. (830) 990 8151 Hours: M-Sa 10-5 To have your gallery considered for listing in the Arts Guide, please send a request to events @tribeza.com.

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b y l e i g h pat t e r s o n

a u s t i n fav o r i t e s

Hey, A Parallel Architecture! Tell us about your favorite buildings in Austin 1. St. Martin’s Lutheran Church (606 W. 15th St.) “An architectural playground masterfully controlled by rigor and detail, this modernist reinterpretation of a Romanesque church comes complete with deconstructed columns, flying beams, barrel vaults, exquisite brick work, and exceptional stained glass. Tour the grounds before taking in one of the classical concerts the building serves host to throughout the year.“ 2. French Legation Museum Grounds (802 San Marcos St.) “A favorite spot in a favorite neighborhood. Enjoy the ever-present breeze while taking in a concert, sharing a picnic, or attending their annual Bastille Day celebration.” 3. Austin Central Fire Station #1 (401 E 5th St.) “Laid out on a diagonal symmetry, this rare art-deco Austin jewel perfectly embodies a stylized marriage between form and function.

A Parallel Architecture, helmed by partners Ryan Burke(left) and Eric Barth(right), specializes in design-intensive custom residential, commercial, and public architecture and interiors. A recent project was the design of Qui on E. 6th Street.

M e a n w h i l e o n La m a r : H e r e ’ s w h at w e n t d o w n w h e r e yo u n o w watc h t h e UT g a m e .

A brief history of The Tavern

Opened in 1938, this building was considered to be the most modern fire station in America at the time and still elegantly serves as Austin's busiest station today. You’ve probably driven by it a hundred times without noticing it. Best when seen on foot.”

ry at 2320 East Cesar Chavez and is open 11-5 (closed on

Built in 1916 by architect Hugo Koehne, The Tavern is both one of Austin’s oldest bars and originally home to Enfield Grocery Store, constructed on what was then the outskirts of town. In 1929, the store evolved into a steakhouse—and more salaciously, a rumored secret upstairs brothel. Post-prohibition, the building was reborn, becoming local watering hole The Tavern and also one of the first public places in Austin to get air conditioning. But the building’s history lives on: The sports bar is still reputedly haunted by the ghost of a prostitute known as Emily, who is said to throw glasses off of shelves and change the channels on televisions, even if no one has touched the remote.


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In Fi gur e s : The F1 Tow e r As we approach this year’s Nov. 15 race weekend, let’s step back and revisit the construction of the Circuit of the Americas’ Observation Tower, designed by Austin firm Miró Rivera Architects. The small firm, also behind the recent renovation and expansion of the UT Alumni Center, shared with us a few facts and figures: • 385 tons: the approximate amount of steel in the Tower • 900 square feet: size of the Tower’s viewing deck, complete with panoramic Hill Country Views and a partial structural-laminated floor (meaning you can look straight down 230 feet at the ground); the next time someone suggests the scenic views at Mt Bonnell… • 10 months: from owner approval to race day, timeframe for completing the venue in time for the 2012 race. To expedite work, design strategies for engineering and fabri-

Austin Instagr ammer of the Month Emily Blincoe And you thought you were being really original when you Instagrammed a photo of your sandy beach feet next to a piña colada…the bar just got raised, friends. We cannot get enough of

cation were coordinated via 3D models rather than traditional paper mock-ups. • Double-helix: the shape of the Tower’s continuously-welded staircase, wrapped into a filigree-like diagrid (the decision to use a network of distributed, structural elements was a driving force behind the overall design). • 24 feet: the height of each section of the Tower during construction. Sections were assembled in multiple casting beds on the ground, then stacked vertically by cranes to create the full height of 251 feet. • 428: number of stairs to the top. Bring your tennis shoes.

the photos shared by Austin photographer Emily Blincoe, whose series centered around structure, color, texture, and collections are visual CANDY (and with over 60K followers, apparently we’re not the only ones who think so). Native Austinite Blincoe explains, “There is something appeal-

A perfectly geometric, vintage wooden sculpture from Mercury Design Studio. De-

ing to me about setting some rules and seeing what I can come

signed in 1977 by D Bah Ling

up with.” Her ‘Colors Organized Neatly’ series, for example, start-

and constructed from wood,

ed over a year ago when she started “randomly gathering some

leather, and metal. $885

red and green things from around the house” to shoot, and has

Photo by Bill Sallans

expanded to include anything from buttons to hard candies to plants from her garden. Tow er s k e tc h co u rt e s y o f M i ró R i v er a A rc h i t ec t s

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limbing the windy roads to Javier and Gladys Gracia’s new house, one thing is clear: building in Westlake is not for the faint of heart. Craggy drop-offs abound. Teens peel around sharp turns. Deer flit across

the road. For those who want to live in this tony Austin neighborhood, the challenges that accompany hill-set lots make construction projects expensive and downright daunting. Such was the case for the Gracias, a family from Monterrey, Mexico who happened across the 3.4 acre Westlake property in 2010 and scooped it up. Set on a slope replete with Spanish oaks and live oaks, the lot overlooks Westlake Drive: a busy and noisy thoroughfare. There are also overhead power and communication lines obstructing the downslope view, not to mention the roofs of neighboring houses. How could the Gracias make the most of their gorgeous, tree-laden property, one saddled with significant design challenges? They needed help. But they didn’t find it on Google.

THE INSPIRATION While driving around Austin, Javier and Gladys turned into Scout Island, a courtyard subdivision off 360 and 2222 filled with, as Ernesto Cragnolino from Alterstudio calls them, “castle-like mansions on tight lots.” Think limestone walls, prim gardens, roofs that long to be in an English manor. Which made one home there—angular, highly windowed, not a gable in sight—all the more noticeable. “The owners were just moving in, so I knocked on the door, and they let me come in and see the whole house,” Javier says. “I loved it. And that was how we discovered Alterstudio Architects.” That Scout Island home has since earned Alterstu-


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tin Homes Tour. But while other projects (like Alterstudio’s dramatic, three-story lookout on East Windsor) have garnered the firm a larger slew of press and recognition, Scout Island is one of the studio’s dearest projects, as it both capitalizes on the lot’s natural surroundings and takes a radical design departure from its neighboring residences. “That was what we wanted,” Javier says. “We like the use of brick, the fact that this style was a mix of old and modern. And that it was not just a boring white box, but felt new and special.” Scout Island’s owners gave Javier and Gladys the number for Alterstudio. Kevin Alter picked up the phone.

THE TEAM “The thing that’s most interesting about houses is the type of experiences they engender,” says Alter, the founder of Alterstudio Architects. “Modern is a spatial idea, a tectonic idea. It’s tectonically clear. We’re not faking things…Javier and Gladys value their privacy, but they also wanted a great expanse.” The couple has two little boys, and wanted a one-story home that served both of their needs: Gladys loves to en-

for protection; now, barricaded by our own cars and com-

tertain, Javier is more a walk-around-the-house-barefoot

puters, we crave dwellings that restore our relationship to

kind of guy. And of course, there were all those trees. “They

the outside. Behold the corner windows, glass hallways,

bought a piece of land that they realized was a lot larger

and skylights favored by many modern architects, includ-

than they imagined they would want or need, so the one

ing Alter.

thing they wanted to do was have a house that would give

But how can you invite nature in, when your hill slope

them the ability to appreciate all that land,” Ernesto says.

looks down on the trappings of a thoroughly industrialized

“Which fortunately, is a desire very close to our heart.”

world? In the fall of 2010, Alterstudio got to work.

While Alter shuns terms like ‘contemporary’ to sum up their work, Alterstudio Architects’ style is distinctive for


its tendency to bring nature in, rather than shut it out. In

Pulling into the driveway of Javier and Gladys’s home, a

a world that was more menacing, the wealthy built castles

sleek façade greets you —there’s a brick wall with individutribeza.com




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al bricks jutting out just so, a huge front door,

grin, he’s right. Said barbecue is part of a larg-

right angles everywhere you look. But it’s not

er outdoor grilling area, complete with a small

ostentatious, and that’s because the house

“feeder window” that attaches to the kitchen,

reaches long into the forest. As a result, the

where you can hand beers right outside to

expanse is there, it’s just not advertised to the

guests. And though a fountain attached to the

rest of Westlake Drive.

pool blocks out any remaining street noise en-

And speaking of Westlake Drive, and that oh-so-troublesome view? Alterstudio turned

et, outside and in.

the view around entirely. The house is now

Back inside, a glass hallway leads you from

situated so that its main windows look up into

the kitchen and entertainment wing of the

the trees, which creates a sound barrier from

house to the family rooms, with a windowed

the street—that’s because windows bleed

playroom for the boys that seems nestled in

noise, but walls fortify much better.

the trees. Javier’s and Gladys’s bedroom, with

“This is my wife’s dream room,” chuckles

its corner windows and overlook deck, brings

Javier, leading us from the foyer into the main

to mind an extremely sophisticated tree house,

living room. Gladys—as you’ll remember, the

making Gladys remark that she feels like she’s

entertainer of the family—got her wish, with a

in a spa every time she wakes up.

space that affords tons of seating and nooks of

“Part of our job as architects is to draw

conversation, as well as a big picture window

out the things that would help create a more

that looks out onto the family’s pool. It’s there

meaningful life for our clients,” Alter says,

you encounter Javier’s dream room.

beaming at the room, the couple, their evident

“I think Javier was most excited about the barbecue,” Alter says, and judging by Javier’s


tirely, the residence is already shockingly qui-

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happiness. “Just like this one, we like to build structures that can help them get there.”





By Leigh Patterson | Photography by Julie Cope

Fo u r architect cou ples w ho b uild mo re than r e l at i o n s h i p s PHOTO GRAPHED IN MEANINGF UL LO CATIONS O F THEIR C HOOSING

We a s k ed l e a d i n g Au s ti n a rc hit ec ts —who

happen to

be married or dating—to advise us on the design sensibilities of their better half. Eric & Rebekah Rauser R aus e r D e s i g n

Eric and Rebekah Rauser decided years ago that the best way to continue enjoying their collaboration on architecture projects was for neither of them to work at it full-time. By diversifying, they are able to only take on projects that they feel are a good fit for them both. Qu es ti o n s fo r E r i c:

“ We are particularly proud of the Springdale Farmhouse project [the 1,800 square foot house built on East Austin’s Springdale Farm and designed by the Rausers]. The farm is beautiful, even at the end of a long summer.”

1. Describe Rebekah’s architectural aesthetic in three words. “Natural. Simple. Clean.” 2. What specific qualities or materials does she gravitate toward in designing a space? “Rebekah has an ability to recognize unique opportunities in a given parameter, whether it’s a quality of a material or a feature of a site, that always surprises me. She can see something there that is invisible to me until she makes it obvious.” 3. What is her least favorite design trend? “Unnecessarily oversized houses.” 4. What is her proudest work accomplishment? “Achieving a good work-life balance and not taking herself too seriously.”

2. What specific qualities or materials does he gravitate toward in designing a space? “Function. He can visualize a complicated structure and puzzle together all of the systems before the pencil hits the paper.” 3. What is his least favorite design trend? “Anything adopted from other climates that doesn’t really work in Austin.” 4. What is his proudest work accomplishment? “He is most proud of establishing a separation of his dual role as both an architect and a builder. In addition to designing a few projects per

q u es ti o n s fo r R e b ekah :

year as Rauser Design, Eric is also a partner at Risinger Homes. This

1. Describe Eric’s architectural aesthetic in three words.

allows him to work with the best architects in Austin to build beautiful-

“Modernized-traditional. Elemental.”

ly designed, high-performance houses.” tribeza.com




Jamie Chioco & Elizabeth Baird Jamie Chioco is principal of Chioco Design, which he founded in

that won a National AIA award for their public park pavilion for the

2006. He has completed many residential and commercial projects

City of Dallas.”

throughout Texas, most recently Benji’s Cantina and Winflo Osteria in Austin. Elizabeth Baird worked under award-winning architect Mell Lawrence for five years before recently switching gears to work for Miars Construction, a small residential general contracting firm with an eye for design.


questions for Elizabeth:

1. Describe Jamie’s architectural aesthetic in three words. “Material-rich. Dynamic. Unpretentious.” 2. What specific qualities or materials does he gravitate toward in designing a space?

q u es ti o n s fo r Ja m i e:

“Jamie is always generating unique ideas for each space he designs,

1. Describe Elizabeth’s architectural aesthetic in three words.

however there are some signature elements you will find in many of his

“Distilled. Graceful. Precise.”

projects. These include: the integration of custom patterns or atypical

2. What specific qualities or materials does she gravitate toward in de-

materials (such as a wall made from an array of bento boxes), materials

signing a space?

that transition from inside to outside or from one surface or plane to

“She leans towards substantial materials like steel, concrete, wood, and

another, and a strong connection to the outdoors.”

glass in an attempt to express a timeless honesty in design.”

3. What is his least favorite design trend?

3. What is her least favorite design trend?

“Over-design with regard to too many colors, textures, and materials in

“Architecture that looks too computer generated and lacks a human

the name of eclecticism.”


4. What is his proudest work accomplishment?

4. What is her proudest work accomplishment?

“Having established a thriving design practice, full of talented team

“Being an integral part of the design team at Mell Lawrence’s office

members that continues to produce fun and exciting work.”

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“ T h e b u i l d i n g we ch os e i s a n e w R e si d e n c e an d Di n i n g Hall at S t. E dwa r d’s Un i vers i ty by

Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena. We chose this project because it is a great example of contemporary architecture in Austin—from the exterior, the building does its job of relating to the campus, and as you get closer you start to experience the rich texture of the brick walls and notice the interesting crevices and openings in the facade. [When you enter] the interior courtyard you are blown away by the structurally-dynamic forms he created.”.





Rick & Cindy Black Rick and Cindy Black have collaborated on architecture projects for 12 years. They specialize in custom single family houses designed to fit in central Austin neighborhoods. questions for Rick:

1. Describe Cindy’s architectural aesthetic in three words. “Radiant. Practical. Relaxed.” 2. What specific qualities or materials does she gravitate toward in designing a space? “Cindy has an intuitive approach to configuring spaces, with convictions about the way rooms should connect to one another. I think she responds to places that feel intimate, so she will create a mixture of room proportions and ceiling heights to allow for a sense of refuge. Her use of color as an emotional value always impresses me with its subtleties.” 3. What is her least favorite design trend? “The unwelcoming echo created by over-scaled modern houses.” 4. What is her proudest work accomplishment? “Her successes running her ‘spinoff ’ business Hello Kitchen while continuing full collaboration on our shared projects. I still don’t know how she does it!” questions for Cindy: “ W e c h os e th e o p i um den at th e Ch arles

1. Describe Rick’s architectural aesthetic in three words.

M o o r e F o un dati o n , which is an inspiring and

“Composed. Rational. Transformative.”

inventive work of architecture but also has a sentimental

2. What specific qualities or materials does he gravitate toward in de-

meaning for us. In 1999, when I was still a student and

signing a space?

Rick was working on his own, we separately attended an architecture lecture at the Charles Moore house. It was a pretty packed house, but I found a seat in the opium den

“Rick will persist with design until a clear idea emerges and proportions look right. His buildings feel grounded and tactile due to his

near the windows. Rick arrived a bit later, and literally the

preference for materials that weather nicely, such as metals, wood, and

only seat left in the house was right next to me. Needless

concrete. And every detail matters...down to the door levers.”

to say, the fortuitous meeting was the beginning of our

3. What is his least favorite design trend?

journey through architecture and life together!”

“A glass wall recessed in a ‘shadow box’ surround.” 4. What is his proudest work accomplishment? “Staying in business for 17 years.”


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“ W e c hos e a curren t proj ec t that is being built in East

Austin, because our favorite project tends to be our next project . . . not that we are not proud of the projects that comprise our body of work—it’s just that we are always excited about what’s coming next!”

Patrick Ousey & Pam Chandler FAB A rc h i t ec tu r e

Patrick Ousey and Pam Chandler founded FAB Architecture in 1996, an award-winning small, design-focused firm with a focus on custom residences, restaurants, and interiors. Recent projects include Red’s Porch in South Austin and a Stratford Hills renovation shown on last year’s AIA Homes Tour. Qu es ti o n s fo r Pat ri ck:

ups and downs of the economy, while producing a body of work that we are very proud of and making long time friends of clients along the way.” questions for Pam:

1. Describe Patrick’s architectural aesthetic in three words. “Clean. Spirited. Timeless.” 2. What specific qualities or materials does he gravitate toward in designing a space?

1. Describe Pam’s architectural aesthetic in three words.

“Patrick looks to create quality spaces that have integrity and are a gen-

“Timeless. Modern. Eclectic.”

uine reflection of our client needs and aspirations. He has a particular

2. What specific qualities or materials does she gravitate toward in de-

knack, whether working with a renovation or developing a new project,

signing a space?

for creating quality spaces that relate well to one another while func-

“Pam loves thinking about the materials and details of a project - edit-

tioning well individually.”

ing is important to not have any extraneous elements.”

3. What is his least favorite design trend?

3. What is her least favorite design trend?

“Vessel Sinks”

“Vessel sinks.”

4. What is his proudest work accomplishment?

4. What is her proudest work accomplishment?

“The balancing act we perform everyday—living a life as an architect,

“Maintaining our own firm over the past 17 years—managing all the

father, and husband.” tribeza.com




by adri en n e b reaux | p h otography by ryann ford | styling by Adam Fortner

Co n s t r u c t e d u s i n g m e t h o d s p e r f ec t e d lo n g ag o, f o c u s e d o n c r a f t s m a n s h i p, a n d m a d e o f n at u r a l , d u r a b l e m at e r i a l s, t h e s e u n co n v e n t i o n a l h o m e s s u r e d o n ’ t lo o k l i k e a n y t h i n g e l s e i n t h e n e i g h b o r h o o d.

Owner of the Austin Earthbag House located behind Hillside Farmacy, Bill Stone (pictured right) with natural building expert Thea Bryant, who currently resides in the house with her four children. The labor of love took over 4,000 hours to build over four years.






he white domed structure behind

to eventually retire in and approached Bryant

Hillside Farmacy stands out in its

for her expertise in building the first structure

East Austin neighborhood. Made

like this in Austin (she had been immersed

of 220 tons of locally-found clay,

in the natural building movement since first

packed into bags, stacked, and

reading the book Earthbag Building in 2003).

coiled into circular rooms, this

Construction began in January of 2008

650-square foot structure has three levels,

and took 4,000 hours over four years (with

eight domes, 22-inch thick walls, and an earth

breaks in between construction). Stone han-

floor. It’s an Earthbag House, and is currently

dled project management, funding, plumb-

the home of Thea Bryant and her four kids.

ing, electrical, permits, and foundation while

Located on the East Side, the Earthbag House has domed ceilings, 22” walls, and is made of 220 tons of locally-found clay.

A part of the Natural Building Movement,

Bryant experimented with building methods

but now renting), started a career teaching

Earthbag houses (similar to straw-bale, cob,

and mastered the clay. They used a house plan

workshops on natural building methods and

or adobe homes) focus on locally sourced,

originally designed over 40 years ago by engi-

materials while constructing this house. And

high-quality, durable, and long-lasting ma-

neer Nader Khalili as an emergency housing

she’s using the experience as a stepping stone:

terials. They are easy to build without a ton

option for the United Nations.

Bryant is starting a natural home neighbor-

of tools or skills. They’re for those with small

Building an Earthbag House requires a lot

hood with a partner on some land in South

budgets, enthusiasm, and a desire for a

of manual labor, but here, construction volun-

Austin near the zoo. They’ve been accepting

healthy home.

teers kept labor costs down. The final cost for

investors who will learn to build their own

“Natural building lends itself to old-world

materials came in under $15,000. Wondering

natural home or rent one built through work-

skills that are more basic,” says Bryant. “You

about the permitting process? Bryant and


can learn them more quickly, and yet there’s

Stone report it was a patient and collabora-

A project that became a concept house for

no compromise in quality…it’s the oldest

tive effort with the city (and not as hard as you

the Earthbag method in Austin, Bryant’s nev-

building system on the planet. It’s like a giant

might think).

er surprised when a curious stranger knocks

piece of art with low-to-no toxins.” Owner Bill Stone wanted a natural home

Bryant, who’s been living in the home since

on the door to this unique home; it’s a neigh-

last February (initially as trade for her labor

borhood curiosity and a city-wide inspiration.





was finished last May, and Gutkin moved in

Hill Country; Durkin estimates they’ve taken

over Christmas.

on 50 projects in Texas so far.


Living in historic charm doesn’t mean you

Yehoshua Gutkin’s reasons for choosing a

can’t live in modern comfort: Because these

arm animals have been sleeping

historic barn for his Frederiksburg home were

timber frames can be enveloped in insula-

comfortably in barns for quite

simple: With only about 200 barn homes so

tion, they’re much more energy efficient than

awhile, but it’s not the sort of struc-

far repurposed by Heritage Restorations, it’s

traditional buildings. There’s no heat gain in

ture you often see humans tucking

a home like no other, with a charm that fits

the summer or loss in the winter. And they’re

into at night. Unless it’s a reclaimed

right into Texas Western style.

a great base to add your own sustainable ele-

old wood barn restored by Wa-

“I came from Germany where we dream of

co-based Heritage Restorations. Founded by

cowboys and Indians,” Gutkin says. “I always

Kevin Durkin in 1997, Heritage Restorations

wanted to do something very Texas. And this

The price tag for a custom house runs from

finds old historic barns, mills, cabins, houses,

[house] is very authentic. I kept the character

$150 to $350/square foot and beyond. And

and other buildings from the 1700s and 1800s

of it, inside and out.”

though these structures might not be ideally

to disassemble, move, restore, and repurpose

ments, like reclaimed materials for hinges or flooring.

Gutkin’s 200-year-old barn was found in

preserved—where they originally stood and

New York, disassembled, and brought back to

for their original use—this repurposing allows

Heritage Restorations has moved barns

his six acres of land just outside of Fredericks-

for more beautiful buildings to be enjoyed.

and old structures mostly from the Northeast

burg, where he trains horses. At 2,200 square

For Gutkin, pride for his unique barn home

(where the oldest and best-crafted ones are lo-

feet, his house features an expansive living

translates to complete dedication. “I don’t

cated) to over 25 states and international loca-

room and kitchen, sleeping loft, master bath,

want anything else,” he says. “If I ever built

tions like China, New Zealand, and Australia.

and a couple of guest bedrooms. The house

another home it would look just like this.”

into homes.


You can also find them sprinkled around the

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Yehoshua Gutkin’s 200-year-old barn is held together with pegs alone; no nails or screws were used in the process.

The barn owner Gutkin, and a team of Heritage Barns spent four months putting the barn together on his Fredericksburg property.

Gutkin (pictured) kept the 200-year-old barn as true to the original as he could





Francesca Hernandez got her yurt off the ground with the help of friends in just three days. Check out a video of the process at youtube.com/francescafury.


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Hernandez found a used yurt package from Pacific Yurts (yurts.com) for her land in Del Valle which she’s named Whirlaway Farm.


rom the moment she saw it—a piece of land just past the airport in Del Valle, Texas—landscape architect Francesca Hernandez knew it was for her. On the hunt for a few acres to start a farm, she needed a

fertile piece of earth with ample space a close drive to Austin. No water, no fence, and no electricity— these were three rough acres. Yet after demolishing an unsalvageable existing double-wide trailer on the land, the field was wide open for a dwelling that would be perfect for Francesca, dog Rosco, cat Dingo, and her farm plans. She considered everything from an airstream to a manufactured home, but a friend’s suggestion resonated: A yurt. The portable, bent-

wedding dress for a ship,” she says.

lower than a traditionally-built home (espe-

wood structures have been successfully hous-

The land, dubbed Whirlaway Farm, will ex-

cially if you choose land with a well) — Her-

ing people for thousands of years. Hernandez

plore heirloom plant varieties, develop aqua-

nandez shells out under 50 dollars a month.

scored an unused 24-foot diameter Pacific

ponics (in a soon-to-be-built greenhouse),

Yurts do have a few downsides: Even with in-

Yurts package on Craigslist for a deal.

and raise animals. It’s currently home to two

structions, the assembly had a slight learning

goats and some bees, with more goats, rabbits,

curve and some hiccups. A few ants have tak-

and chickens on the way.

en to exploring the interior. It’s hot in the day

With some friends and self-reliance, Hernandez’s yurt took about three days to assemble earlier this summer. Russell, her farm

“I have a long-standing interest in agri-

during the summer. But Hernandez has plans

collaborator who lives in a tent on the back

culture,” Hernandez says. “I strongly believe

to upgrade her basic yurt into a more perma-

of her land, helped build the wood plat-

in having a connection to your food and

nent structure with wood walls, a sleeping

form the yurt rests on. Francesca installed

knowing where it comes from. One of my

loft, an interior kitchen, and a bathroom.

and finished the tongue-and-groove cedar

goals with the farm is to have workshops to

wood floor, a thick and sturdy option. She

share this experience.”

also took on the massive task of making

Highly customizable, yurts can be fancy or

the yurt’s inner liner, a task like “sewing a

simple. And energy requirements are much

For Hernandez, who’s originally from Austin and has travelled and lived internationally, the yurt is a beautiful and functional home for the next phase of her life. tribeza.com





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T u c k e d i n a co r n e r o f Ta r ry to w n , K i m & T i m D o w l i n g ’ s e l eg a n t n e w h o m e s e a m l e s s ly i n t eg r at e s t h e p r i n c i p l e s o f M o d e r n i s m a n d t h e s c i e n c e o f s o l a r e n e r gy i n to a o n e- o f-a- k i n d a r c h i t ec t u r a l w o n d e r .





In the foyer, a film still from Matthew Barney’s famous Cremaster 2 series hangs, featuring a scene of Gary Gilmore dancing with a woman from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The prosthetic frame was also made by Barney.

“Tim dropped me off at the property for a few hours, picked me up, and then took me back to the airport. That’s how the project got started. The whole thing is based on the very first sketch that I made when I was there.” Two of the defining elements of the house were the Dowlings’s desire to integrate the use of solar energy while bringing a casual, but elegant Modernist aesthetic—in the spirit of Mies van de Rohe and Le Corbusier—to their new home. From the outside, the 4,500-footsquare house almost resembles a simple, shed-like building, which measures exactly 25 feet wide by 90 long. “It’s almost exactly the shape of a New York City brownstone,” says

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Tim, “except our windows are on the long side rather than the short side.” The sloping roof

fter living in lower Man-

Seven years ago, the Dowlings purchased

accommodates solar panels, which now gen-

hattan for sixteen years,

almost an acre lot located at the end of a se-

erate three quarters of the home’s electricity in

Kim and Tim Dowling,

cluded cul-de-sac in Tarrytown, just off of Ex-

addition to the charging of Kim’s electric car,

a couple in their forties

position. “I went to Austin for the first time

a Nissan Leaf, which runs for 100 miles when

with two young sons,

Christmas of 2006,” remembers the couple’s

fully charged (“Every night, we plug it in, like

decided that it was time

architect, Ali Tayar, who is the principal of

a cell phone,” says Kim). As a part of the city’s

for a change. It’s a familiar pattern of migra-

Parallel Design, a firm based in New York

interconnected solar plan, the Dowlings sell

tion that many young families follow. Instead

City. The Turkish-born architect, who stud-

electricity to Austin Energy during the day

of moving to Westchester or Monteclair, the

ied architecture at the University of Stuggart

and then buy it back at night. “It’s not this easy

Dowlings extended their sights to the state

and Massachusetts Institute of Technology,

for every community,” Tim says.

of Texas. Raised in Houston, Kim graduated

had redesigned a partial interior for the Dow-

Other energy-efficient elements are also

from Southwest State (now Texas State) with

lings’s loft on Franklin Street. (Other residen-

included in the design of the home. For ex-

a BA in communications while her husband

tial projects designed by Tayar include houses

ample, along the expansive bank of windows

had grown up on the Upper East Side and

in Bern, Switzerland, and Beirut, Lebanon,

that face the courtyard, a series of vinyl-mesh

attended the University of Virginia. A south-

and his furniture and objects can be found

shades are operated via a solar timer to fur-

western move to Austin was a natural tran-

in collections such as the Metropolitan Mu-

ther reduce the use of electricity in the house.

sition for the family.

seum of Art and the Denver Art Museum.)

“They come down a bit before noon,” explains

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The far wall of the living room features a digitally-manipulated photograph of prayer flags by artist Darren Almond. The elegant Vronka chairs are designed by Sergio Rodrigues.





A vintage Hans Wegner chair and ottoman and an Italian 1970’s floor lamp are arranged in a corner of the family area, overlooking the lap pool. The CNC-milled MDF panels provide for optimal sound in this living space.


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A Pae White photographic tapestry frames the formal dining area. The table with a travertine top and brass footings was designed by Tayar. The chairs are vintage models created by Edward Wormley in the 1950s.






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Stainless steel appliances and Italian marble countertops gracefully complement the customized oak cabinetry by Tayar. Along the window, industrial, popup outlets can be used, when needed.

Tim, “and they go up every day about a half

to the minimalist space. Take, for example,

hour before sunset.” Also, above the court-

Pae White’s cotton-blend tapestry of ethereal

yard, another scrim unfurls with a click of a

smoke, which combines the innovative use of

switch, and extends between the living room

photography and printing. (The couple first

and the nearby guesthouse, providing a cool-

viewed White’s work at the Whitney Biennale

ing shade similar to the natural canopy of a

in 2010.) In the hallway, a film still elegantly

tree. “The outdoor space becomes an extension

hangs in a customized prosthetic frame by the

of both the living room and the guesthouse,”

artist Matthew Barney from his world-famous

adds Tayar. “Everything connects through the

Cremaster 2 series.


In the kitchen/family area, the 30-foot

Inside, the structural approach is also

space takes on a slightly more casual tone for

seamlessly integrated, with the various com-

entertaining, cooking, and watching televi-

ponents of the house being arranged within

sion. The walls and ceilings are outfitted with

15-foot sections. For example, the dining

acoustic treatments for optimal viewing and

room and living room make up a 30-foot sec-

sound. “You get all of the benefits of having a home

tion. The adjacent space of the foyer, powder

theater,” says Tim, “while not having the extra

room, and pantry make up seven and half

space that you don’t use all of the time. We like that

feet. “Everything is related to this grid,” says

spaces that can be used in multiple ways.”

Tim, “but you don’t know when you’re sitting

Upstairs, one can look from end to end, all

in the living room that there is a grid going on.

90 feet, with its smooth rift-sawn, white-oak

It’s just the organizing principal for all of it to

floors extending from the master bedroom to

make sense.”

the far guestroom. In the master bedroom, a

Designer furniture, including pieces by Ed-

touch screen automatically prepares the room

ward Wormley, Hans Wegner, and Francesco

for sleep with blackout shades and curtains.

Binfaré, and a selective collection of abstract

In all of the rooms, Tayar designed customized

photography provide perfect complements

oak cabinetry. On the ground floor, a dumb





“Wh e n you l o o k ar o und , e v e ry p i e c e r el a te s to a n o th e r asp ect o f t h e h o u s e . I hope th a t c o me s ac r o s s a s a q u i e t , cal m ing in t eri o r. ” — A l i Tayar, ar ch itect


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In the bedroom, the custom oak-andleather headboard and oak cabinetry are designed by Tayar. The lighting sconce is designed by Robert Dudley Best, and the beige chair by George Nakashima.

RIDE Arrives in Austin A hybrid of spinning, core workout, and upper-body training, a 45-minute RIDE session delivers an electrifying burst of exercise unlike any other. During a recent ride, Nirvana to Led Zeppelin pulsed from the sound system as a cool blue neon light infused the far wall and mirror of the studio. With each set of exercises, the instructor encouraged the already-sweaty riders to dig deeper and push harder until the very end of the ride when participants clip out of their pedals and stretched against the handle bars. This variety of intense, cross-training spinning class is already popular on both coasts. “I attended these classes five times a week for seven years in New York,” explains Kim Dowling, a former dancer who opened the studio six months ago with her husband, Tim, and fitness guru David Garza, “and I wanted to bring it to the Austin community.” Located at 117 Lavaca, between Cesar Chavez and Second Street, the downtown studio’s interior was also designed by Ali Tayar, the architect of the Dowlings’s Austin residence. In the welcoming foyer, the studio’s vivid orange spiral logo is surrounded by a series of glowing orange circles while thin stripes of orange neon accent the ceiling. “Dan Flavin is one of my favorites,” says Tim, “so we asked Ali to use his work as inspiration for this space.” Horizontal neon lights of bluish purple travel the length of the hallway, like suspended steps, to the studio. In the master bathroom, a Raymond Pettibon print depicts

“People always stop in and ask if we’re a nightclub,” Kim says with a smile. But Aus-

the cosmic UFOs of Marfa. The

tinites are catching on, with many of the three classes a day selling out on a regular

Dowlings purchased the artwork

basis. For more information, visit ride-indoorcycling.com.

at Ballroom Marfa during a recent trip to West Texas.

waiter travels between the garage and two floors of the house. “It’s like a jewel box,” Tayar says. “When you look around, every piece relates to another aspect of the house. I hope that comes across as a quiet, calming interior.” An international banker, Tim still travels between New York City and Austin for work. That said, the couple is settling into their new roots here in Austin. Six months ago, Kim opened her new fitness studio, RIDE (see side bar). Tim now serves on the board of directors of the KIPP School on Martin Luther King, east of 183. “Austin is such a new place,” Tim adds, “that they’re used to new people showing up and saying, ‘Let’s us be a part of this.’” p h oto by m i c h a e l t h a d c a rt e r






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I believe that architecture is most powerful when it directly and simply responds to the needs of the client and the site. Each project presents a unique

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opportunity to answer a new set of questions and respond to a particular set of needs. For me, the exciting and fulfilling part of being a designer is in gen-

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erating a concept that yields a broad overall expression which also reveals that original thought in a variety of nuanced moments. The highly collaborative environment at MF Architecture greatly influences and fosters this philosophy in my work and continues to provide a fertile ground for testing ideas and methods of design.

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What is your design philosophy?

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Though it may sound contradictory, I believe in design based in the “modern tradition� that form should follow function. Having said that, architecture which is rooted in utility and performance can also be poetic and transcend the materials from which it is constructed. I aim to solve problems creatively in order to increase efficiency and optimize intangible experience, particularly by using natural and artificial light as key design elements. I define sustainable design as the holistic choreography of various complex components in order create effective, high quality, meaningful spaces.


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What is your design philosophy?

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I believe in clean, uncomplicated design that meets the client’s needs fully, and that makes a real contribution to the built environment. My process is firmly rooted in research. I do not believe in simply placing buildings on sites; rather, I take a context-based approach, drawing inspiration from site, program, art, mathematics, and nature. In my ideal project, the client is engaged and excited to work with me to achieve a vision that defies conventional expectations, and pushes design, materials, and quality of execution. And of course, built work is only successful if the user can interact seamlessly with it.

What kind of frames do you usually like to wear? TOMS—I like simple, clean, and bold lines. Living in London, I definitely got a bit of the German eyewear thing in my blood. My wife is Director of Sight Giving for TOMS, so I hacked a pair of TOMS sunglasses and had my prescription lenses put in. They’ve evolved their design a lot in the two years since they launched their eyewear line, and I really believe in what they are doing to promote sustainable, local eye care solutions in the countries where they give.

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By knocking down the interior walls that broke up the kitchen and living space, the Duffies created a ‘Great Room’ effect in a house under 1000 squre feet.

Pops of color and handmade details add warmth and story to the Duffies’s East Austin cottage.


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A u s t i n i t e s ’ ta k e on thoughtful, DIY remodels

Connor & Kayti Duffie

In retrospect, would you have done anything differently? “Oh sure. There are plenty of projects that were

“The house was charming all in itself, it just needed a little help

done in the wrong order or ended up being tem-

finding its full potential,” says Kayti Duffie, of the East Austin cot-

porary fixes. The biggest one involved installing

tage she bought in 2007. Originally built in the 1930s in Tarrytown,

solar panels before making our home a ‘tighter en-

the house was moved to its current location, near MLK and Airport,

velope’ with insulation and updated windows. We

in 2005. “Right away,” she explains, “the history and original wood

look back now and wonder what the heck we were

ceilings captured my heart…When I was dating my now-husband


Connor, he walked inside with amazement and said he “felt like he was in a cabin in Colorado.” At that moment, I fell more in love with

Low points…

my house (and him)!”

“Through all the sweat, tears, and This American

A typical cottage, the home’s original footprint was heavily com-

Life podcasts...taking down the old fence was by

partmentalized, with limited room-to-room flow. Priority number

far the worst experience. The old fence was a com-

one was space maximization: tearing down a wall between the living

bination of barbed wire and rusty mattress springs,

room and kitchen. In the process, it added square footage for a din-

[and was] unfortunately covered in poison ivy,

ing room and created a ‘Great Room’ effect to a house under 1,000

[which] got all over my face. I literally had a beard

square feet.

of poison ivy.”

Once the addition was completed, lots of little projects ensued to

A good lesson for any remodel: work with what you have. Here, countertops in the kitchen were created from refurbished wood from the floors.

make use of every square inch of space: remodeling the bathroom

A word of advice…

from floor to ceiling, converting doors to barn sliders for added

“It’s important to look at the whole picture when

moveable space, and adding a roof to the deck to be an alternate

you decide to remodel. This doesn’t just include

living area in the cooler months. Thanks to the help of two handy

mapping out projects to be most effective or bud-

brothers, countertops were made from refurbished old floors and a

get-friendly. It includes your neighbors and how

couch was constructed from scrap wood. Today, its these handmade

your choices will affect their lives and the feel of

details—furniture, and smaller pieces like hooks and curtain rods—

the neighborhood. It includes hard choices with

that Duffie believes give the space warmth and character, “forcing us

eco-friendly products (that are often more expen-

to recognize and appreciate the hard work and creativity that labor-

sive) and making sure that what you are creating

ers and skilled craftsman possess and use everyday.”

will be sustainable and usable for the long run.” tribeza.com




Undertaking most of the remodel themselves, Krcmarik redid all of the trim, doors, windows, casing, baseboards and transoms.

“ W e q u i c k ly r e a l i z e d this house would be a to ta l r e m o d e l , to p to b o t to m , i n s id e a n d o u t, ”

Tim Krcmarik & Jody Snee “Miraculous dilapidation.” That’s how Tim Krcmarik explains the state of his Chestnut neighborhood house when he and his wife Jody Snee bought it in February 2008. “The house was a wreck when we moved in,” he says. “It’d been neglected for years. It was open to the elements in many places [and] teeming with wildlife.” With a leaky roof, broken pipes, rotted windows, no working HVAC, bad wiring, and rotted floors in the bathroom, to put it gently: this was a fixer. “We quickly realized this house would be a total remodel, top to bottom, inside and out,” says Krcmarik, a firefighter and poetry alumnus of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. But after stripping the house, Tim and Jody had a happy discovery: a solid heart pine frame and salvageable longleaf pine floors, previously buried under layers of carpet, padding, linoleum, and newspaper from the 1940s. The beautiful old growth East Texas lumber, Krcmarik explains, is part of the architectural heritage of Austin and this part of Central Texas, no longer available except from salvage. Able to save 90 percent of the original flooring, Krcmarik also repurposed the lumber from a few walls to become trim, casing, baseboards, and a large bookshelf for the living room. Five years in, the house now fulfils what was the biggest priority behind the remodel: “Building a house someone might want to fix up again in a hundred years,” Krcmarik explains. “That’s the greenest thing any builder can do, and the most beautiful…A good house should make you want to care for it. Age and history really count toward the health of a neighborhood and of a city at large.”


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“What makes a neighborhood like Chestnut or Blackshear or Prospect Hill so desirable is the care people want to put into old, pretty houses,” says Krcmarik.

Snee and Krcmarik’s Chestnut neighborhood home was a major fixer but had “good energy, good bones, and plenty of potential.”

Low points... On a blustery first day inside their new house, Tim and Jody wore jackets and hats inside because it was too cold. Seeking a hot shower for relief, Jody turned on the faucet only to have a giant cockroach fell on her head.

Underneath layers of carpet, padding, linoleum, and newspaper, Krcmarik discovered beautiful pine floors, 90 percent of which were salvageable.

“In retrospect, it’s very funny,” Tim says. “I was careful not to laugh back then, though.” What was the most challenging aspect? “We spent two summers without AC and that’s plenty for both of us, but I think the most challenging aspect was trying to carve out a clean, comfortable space in the midst of so much dust and work. We had jobs to go to everyday and jobs to come home from; lives to tend to and all while living in a construction site. We called it ‘luxury camping’ and truly thought of it that that way. It’s probably a good thing we both love camping.” A work in progress... “We have the whole outside to get to—a back porch, fences, gardens, a chicken coop, fruit trees…We love to be outdoors and want a property that reflects that.” tribeza.com




Lofted shelves tucked into the vaulted ceiling create a unique storage solution.

Interior wood paneling in the bedroom.

Low points... The six months he lived out of a 10x10 room; the period where the back of the house was just a propped-up piece of plywood. As Hammond puts it, “remodeling is not exactly a convenient process.” Using salvaged wood from the initial home demolition, Hammond added a sliding barn door as an entry to the den.

A work in progress... “There are always more projects or tweaks; it seems you are never done. In the last year, I added a sliding barn door as an entry to the den using salvaged wood from the initial home demolition. I have tentative plans to build a larger shed…I haven’t touched the roof yet.” Words of advice... “…let the constraints of the space shape the path of the project; keep in mind minimal, efficient, and functional as goals.”


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In three years, Hammond has redone 90 percent of his 750-square-foot home; he has done most of the remodel himself, with assistance from helpful friends and neighbors.

“ T h e p r oj ec t s u n f o l d e d o r g a n i c a l ly, [ w h i c h ] I t h i n k p r o d u c e d a m o r e c u s to m i z e d, s i t e-s p e c i f i c r e s u lt, ”

Greg Hammond When Greg Hammond bought his East Austin house in 2005, he had no intention of remodeling. “As a first-time home buyer, I was just excited to have a house and not be paying rent,” he says. “The house had good bones, a fresh coat of paint, and a working AC, so I was set.” Remodeling his 750-square-foot house started small, with landscaping the yard and adding on a back deck. But as Hammond would learn, modest intentions often snowball into something way bigger. After living in the space for three years, Hammond hatched a more comprehensive plan. He took out a loan and “spent several months crawling around underneath the house” leveling and replacing rotted support beams. He replaced plumbing and gas lines, and rewired the electricity. He redid the kitchen, replaced three of four interior and exterior walls, vaulted the ceilings, replaced the teardrop siding on the exterior, and installed energy-efficient windows. In sum, Hammond remodeled 90 percent of his house in three years. “I never set out to do so much,” he explains. “The projects unfolded organically, [which] I think produced a more customized, site-specific result...Had I not been doing the work myself—and had the time—I don’t know that things would have turned out so well.” Hammond’s project comes with a good lesson: know your neighbors. A benefit of starting with the landscaping was that in the process, he met and was Hammond’s remodel started outside, where he sought to maximize space by “making the landscape an extension of the home.”

able to hone the expertise of his community. “I’ve made so many friends in this neighborhood, many of which ended up helping me with various projects on the house,” he says. “[Since] labor is practically your biggest cost, if you can tap into a friend’s expertise or pay them in beer for a little help on a back-breaking project...that’s just the way to go.”






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talk they’d tell you to come on in pull up a chair and have a good time" -- bright, wacky, and cheerful, this South Fifth Street house has played host to weddings, music videos, and commercials.

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historic downtown manor Built in


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1909, this roomy, east central gem has been restored to bring it up to date, while still retaining the character and unique architecture that defines historic Austin homes. Plus, it sleeps 13! Bring all your friends.

kid-friendly Artist's Home Rented by a

self-described "artist family" in the Zilker neighborhood, this 1930s home is full of unique details, from chevron kitchen flooring to a giant living room chalkboard.

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The Red House A

cheery and modernized 1920s bungalow; we're into the high, vaulted ceilings and the gorgeous 350-year-old oak tree in the backyard.

Air BnB The Blue Door A peaceful mid-century modern Travis Heights guest house; clean, airy, and modern, this is where we'd want to escape the South Congress mayhem.

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minimal: A fully remodeled, wood-paneled 30-foot vintage trailer, equipped with modern fixtures, WiFi, cable, and A/C. Also, winner of the cutest Air Bnb title.


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Tim Cuppett

Tim Cuppett Architects Architect and interior designer Tim Cuppett

doesn’t just design spaces, he interprets

them. And he can sum it all up in a phrase: “Consult the genius of the place,” he explains,

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paraphrasing Alexander Pope, whose quotation on finding specific solutions for every case has become a working mantra for the Austin architect and his firm, Tim Cuppett Architects. From his Rosedale office, Cuppett shared more about the concept behind his design process. “I think my job is to find what’s special about a location, and marry its context to the owner,” he says. In other words, pinpointing the roots that make a place authentic, all while incorporating character, care, and uniqueness. No small task. And if design really is all about balance, Cuppett is equally interested in both sides of the scale. Whether he’s designing a narrow urban townhouse with a rooftop pool or the beautifully-restored, historic Hyde Park residence he shares with partner Marco Rini, he’s as excited about the minutia as he is the overall concept of a project. For example, in his kitchen, Cuppett wanted the room to be

Trail on Lady Bird Lake— when I'm running on the trail I am reminded of how thankful I am that I get to live in this place.

about “the utilitarian aspect of cooking,” with the focal point the red enamel stone. “I didn’t want “built-in” kitchen cabinets to hide stuff inside,” he says. “[So] I installed free-standing furniture….The open shelves and details of mounting pots and utensils [were also] important in communicating the concept.” Rather than influenced by trends (“horizontal fencing—no”) or price (“I don’t try to ‘design’ by just choosing the most expensive tile”), Cuppett cites the following as his major sources of inspiration: light and shadow; the natural patina of age; seeing and remember-

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ing; form; utility; modesty. Ultimately, Cuppett’s design manifesto is a relevant reminder: beauty and timelessness aren’t created by following certain rules or subscribing to a mold, but rather by simply keeping your eyes and ears open. l . patterson P h oto g r aph y by w y n n m y er s


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1. Cuppett's dining room, including a custom chandelier he designed for the space. 2. "The historic house is primitive, [so] built-in cabinets felt inappropriate," Cuppet explains. "The [open] shelving provided maximum storage capacity." 3-4. Walls of personal family portraits and found objects. 5. The Wells-Larue House was built circa 1850 and is a city and State Historic Landmark. Originally located downtown, it has been relocated twice to make way for higher density. 6. Animal house: A depiction of Elvis the rooster, which Cuppet explains, “We had...until he became a nuisance and went to the city zoo.” Below, a portrait of Cuppett and Rini’s dachshund, Bosco. 7. A functional plate rack designed by Cuppett. 8. The Stelton Lamp, created in 1990 by Copenhagen-born designer Erik Magnussen, adjacent to a cot from Academy Surplus. 9. A portrait of Rini’s grandparents; his grandfather’s childhood marble collection; Joe Dimaggio and a signed baseball.


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Benefiting the education programs at The Contemporary Austin October 24, 2013 6–9P on the grounds of Laguna Gloria 3809 West 35th Street, Austin, Texas 78703 Spend an evening on the shores of Lake Austin sipping and savoring the best Texas has to offer at the 24th La Dolce Vita Food and Wine Festival. Enjoy food and libations from more than 50 of Austin’s top restaurants and Texas wineries.

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Sketch Books Th r ee a rch itec t s l e t us in on th eir special tool s of th e tr ade. A s told to L auren Smith Ford | Photogr aphy by B ill Sallans

La Loggia del Capitano-Asolo, Italy watercolor.

Alte Nikolaikirche (Old Saint Nicholas Church) in the Altstadt (old town), a city district of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Pencil on paper.

Arthur Andersson anderssonwise.com The Notebook: Piazzesi Bookbindery (legatoriapiazzesi.it) in Venice—the shop is 162 years old, and the books and paper are made by hand by local artisans. The Pencil: Berol Draughting® 314 Untipped Thick Lead Pencils. They don’t make them anymore. Favorite Place to Sketch: Wherever there's something that piques my interest enough to record a drawing. Sketches are the initial seeds of invention.


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Tempietto Barbaro at Villa Barbaro (Villa de Maser) by Ottavio Bertotti Scamozzi in Treviso, Italy watercolor.

mell lawrence architecturalpolka.com The Notebooks: A Rollbahn small spiral notebook (5.5 x 7 inches) is best overall. A Moleskine pocket sized notebook (3.5 x 5.5 inches or 4 x 5 inches) travels well, anywhere, and a standard generic grid pad (8.5 x 11 inches) while at my desk. The Pencil: Craft Design Technology's HB and the Mirado Black Warrior HB. Favorite Place to Sketch: That place where you can't sharpen your pencil A study sketch of a tiny 364-squarefoot apartment.

enough times and there are not enough erasers and pages in your sketchbook and your mind is spinning, spinning, spinning with ideas that you can't get out fast enough. You can go anywhere with a pencil. You can express anything literally, figuratively, and best of all emotionally. You can infer and emphasize and explore and it all happens fast and you cover so much ground exploring design ideas and making decisions.

Pink building on grounds of Bussaco Palace in Portugal

emily little claytonandlittle.com The Notebook: The traditional moleskin black sketchbook, (5 x 8 inches). The Pencil: A black pen, usually fine point for travel sketches and broad tip for conceptual design. Favorite Place to Sketch: Anywhere, especially travel-

Bussaco Palace, built in 1885 as a royal retreat for the last king of Portugal, Charles I.

ling. Sketching is like a companion who is always nice to have around. When facing a tough design problem, I often sketch quickly in bed at night. I lay out some quick ideas and usually when I wake up those ideas have percolated into something better in the morning. Sketching is very liberating. tribeza.com

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Karen Kopicki Cano, Senior Associate wears

street fa shion

a Brochu Walker linen jacket from Kick Pleat, Paige silk shorts from Nordstrom, Odette cuffs from Spartan, and Rachel Comey shoes from Moss.

Johanna Reed, Project Designer wears an

Justin Kyle, Project Designer in a GAP

Anthropologie silk shirt, black Imogene + Willie jeans, and Seychelles shoes.

button down and 1969 jeans, worn with Rockport oxfords.

Katy Wise, Designer wears a Modcloth peacock feather dress with a pendant necklace from Forever 21.

Dick Clark + Associates the stylish team from dick clark + Associates sport their favorite office looks. Joshua Hogan, Project Designer in Zara pants, H&M shirt, ĂŠram shoes, and a vintage bicycle.

Holly Clarkson, Project Designer wears

a black GAP shirt, vintage pants, a Michael Kors watch, and ring found at a SXSW pop-up.


Kim Power, Associate in a

Susana Monaco tank from Peyton’s Place, a navy Express pencil skirt, and zebra shoes by Steve Madden.

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The compound features over 50 types of foliage.

El Monumento

Every Wednesday the back bar hosts a tasting, highlighting creative mixology techniques like cold smoking and cocktail carbonation.

The interior mixes new and old Texas design influences.

A design-minded haven of Mexican influences nestled outside charming Georgetown, Texas.


ucked along the bank of the San Gabriel River on the out- ture, and windows overlooking the riverbed are complemented skirts of Georgetown, the limestone walls of El Monu- by more contemporary design touches like exposed steel framing mento are an unexpected sight. After parking in the sandy and Edison-bulbed light fixtures. An entirely open kitchen shows crushed granite lot, the walk along the restaurant's exterior is line cooks whipping up Interior Mexican cuisine like duck smothlined with a vegetable garden and flowering red Pride of Barba- ered in a rich, Veracruz-style xico mole and enchiladas filled with dos shrubs. There's little in the way of signage, and entering the Swiss chard and sweet potatoes straight from their garden. At the compound feels like stumbling into a Mexican villa owned by a bar a vintage snow cone machine crushes ice for margaritas and particularly green-thumbed stranger. The project was envisioned cocktails are adorned with fresh herb garnishes. The approach to by the organic-minded owners of cherished neighborhood diner the culinary process is so transparent that there's literally a winMonument Cafe as an outpost of Mexican cuisine far enough out- dow into the freezer that guests pass on the way to the restrooms. side Georgetown's historic district to seem like it's in the middle But perhaps the most striking aspect of El Monumento is how it of nowhere. Intended to clear diners' minds of both small-town fits into the surrounding environment. A winding patio circles the streets and the nearby highway, the lengthy entrance sequence back of the dining area and gives a relaxing view of the river. The into the restaurant takes visitors past a clay-tiled courtyard shad- compound is landscaped with nearly 50 native and well-adapted ed by the leafy tendrils of a massive, drought-tolerant huisache species of Texas foliage planted by the founders of Austin's Jartree. Co-owner Clark Lyda says, “We want people to poke around dineros Nursery. Each shrub, succulent, and flower is labeled, the courtyard, stop thinking about the traffic, and think [instead] from antique roses and jasmine vines to 40-year-old olive trees. “We want people to feel like they're a guest in someone's house and about the sound of the water and the scent of the plants.” Once inside the restaurant, it's clear that you haven't quite left civ- the architecture and landscaping is designed to reinforce that,” Lyda ilization. The design comes courtesy of Overland Partners, a lauded says. It's a style of hospitality that's likely to have return diners feeling less like they've stumbled onto a stranger's San Antonio architecture firm best known for their work 205 W. 2nd St. property and more like they're visiting a familiar on the LBJ Library. Traditional Southwestern elements (512) 591 7866 friend. d. gentile like dusty-colored brick-work, custom mesquite furniGeorgetown


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ttention East Siders: Mettle is taking it up a notch. This stylish new restaurant is stepping out in the land of dives and trailers—and tossing its hat into the burgeoning upscale ring. Mettle’s panache is no surprise since it’s owned by Bridget Dunlap, the woman who transformed Rainey Street into a nightlife destination with bars like Lustre Pearl, Clive, and Bar 96. Mettle is Dunlap’s first foray out of the Rainey Street bar scene—and into east side dining. Carved from the corner of an old warehouse, Mettle’s different rooms are subtly divided by low walls and wine racks. There’s a cozy bar in the back anchored by a towering spiral sculpture. Up front, two dining rooms have distinctly different personalities: one bathed in natural light and the other dark and moody. Outside, overlooking the train tracks and parking lot (this is the east side, after all), is a welcoming patio with shaded dining tables and an adjoining lounge with comfy wicker furniture. Design elements ref lect Mettle’s urban


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Veteran Austin Chef Andrew Francisco formerly of Olivia creates playful twists on bistro classics.

Local creatives like artist Ian Shults, glass worker Leigh Wyatt, woodworker Pedro Leal, and Ion Art metal sculptors collaborated in the space that was designed by local architects North Arrow Studio.

theme: Floors are concrete, ceilings are exposed, and rebar provides visual interest. Chandeliers look like jagged, translucent stalactites. Even the bathrooms provide drama, as jet-black fixtures and tile are highlighted by gold-f lecked snakeskin wallpaper. Meals start with complimentary bread that’s worth the carbs. Light, f luffy, and slightly sweet, it’s served with smoked butter (who knew?), shaved dark chocolate, and crunchy sea salt. Watch out: It’s addictive. The unsexy-sounding ‘grain salad’ is anything but. This delicious mix of ancient grains and chopped raw greens is studded with pickled tomatoes, slivered almonds, and apricot ‘leather.’ An ethereal lemon foam pulls it all together. It’s a cavalcade of f lavors and textures—savory, sweet, nutty, chewy, crunchy, creamy— and was the unexpected showstopper of our meal. At lunch, we were tempted by the heaping plate of fish and chips, but instead opted for the fried chicken: three pieces of moist dark

meat resting on a pool of buttermilk-mustard sauce. Multi-hued fingerling potatoes and roasted shishito peppers finished the plate. The cheeseburger gilds the lily: A beef patty is topped with both cheese and lardo, a Italian specialty of thinly shaved pork fat. Tasty medium-cut fries are served with yummy miso aioli. For dessert, we sampled one of Mettle’s homemade sorbets made with Campari, grapefruit, and ice wine. Next time, we’ll try the brioche ice cream or the mango ‘soup’ with yogurt and pistachios. Mettle makes a mean cocktail. Try the Siamese Caipirinha made with basil-infused cachaca, Thai chili, and lime. It’s a deliciously complex concoction that’s smoky, spicy, sweet, and tart. The wine list has lots of tasty selections and our sparkling rosado cava paired well with all our dishes. Service was unsurprisingly exceptional, since much of Mettle’s staff was culled from Austin’s finest restaurants. Our wonderful waiter described each item in tantalizing detail, making every diner feel appreciated and special. K. Spezia P h oto g r aph y by j e ssica pag e s

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Dinner & Drinks

outdoor dining TRIBEZA's guide to dining al fresco. American Asian Café

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd., Ste. 115 (512) 331 5788 Authentic Chinese cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere. FOODHEADS

616 W. 34th St. (512) 420 8400 Fresh, inspired sandwiches, soups, and salads in a charming, refashioned cottage and porch. JACK ALLEN’S KITCHEN

7720 Hwy. 71 W. (512) 852 8558 Savor country favorites from Chef Jack Gilmore on the covered patio. LUCY’S FRIED CHICKEN

2218 College Ave. (512) 297 2423 Classic fried chicken from Chef James Holmes and an extensive raw bar. Dine al fresco at outside picnic tables. PAGGI HOUSE

200 Lee Barton Dr. (512) 473 3700


Eclectic fine dining set in one of Austin's famous landmark homes. A spacious patio overlooks Lady Bird Lake.

brant and comfortable surrounding patio.




Classic barbecue from a historic, converted home in West Campus.

With an extensive yet cozy covered patio, this food trailer is a true taste of Mumbai.

1110 W. 6th St. (512) 478 5355 9400-A Arboretum Blvd. (512) 346 3506 Austinites wait hours to get into either the funkier downtown locale or the northern spot.


1016 E. 6th St. 1618 E. 6th St. 1700 E. 6th St. 2538 Guadalupe St. (512) 422 5884 Chefs Paul Qui, Moto Utsonomaya, and Ek Timrek offer out-of-thisworld pan-Asian food from four trailers. ELIZABETH STREET CAFÉ

1501 S. 1st St. (512) 291 2881

A charming FrenchVietnamese eatery with a colorful menu of pho, banh mi, and more. Vi-

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91 Red River St. (512) 480 2255


1417 S. 1st St. (512) 326 1999 The culinary masterminds behind La Condesa cook up Thai cuisine with a modern twist. An intimate outdoor area—complete with a Thai spirit house—makes for an unforgettable experience.


900 E. 11th St. (512) 653 1187

Crowned Best BBQ Restaurant in America by Bon Appetit, Aaron Franklin’s eponymous eatery is a true Austin institution. Go early and be prepared to wait! (It is worth it.)

2402 San Gabriel St. (512) 220 0953


1502 S. 1st St. (512) 229 7366

BBQ legend John Mueller returns to Austin with some of Texas’s finest, no-frills barbecue. LA BARBECUE

1502 S. 1st St. (512) 605 9696

In the heart of South First, La Barbecue whips up classic barbecue with free beer and live music. LAMBERTS DOWNTOWN BARBECUE

401 W. 2nd St. (512) 494 1500

Not your standard BBQ fare, meats are given an Austin twist, like the ribeye glazed with brown sugar and mustard. Tucked away in the historic Schneider Brothers Building, together with a cozy patio. STUBB’S BBQ

801 Red River St. (512) 480 8341

Known for its legendary music venue as much as its barbecue, which is traditional and satisfying.


79 & 71 Rainey St. (512) 386 1656

Banger’s brings the German biergarten tradition stateside with an array of artisan sausages and over 100 beers on tap. BAR MIRABEAU

800 W. 6th St. Ste. 100 (512) 436 9633 Another unique addition to Austin’s dining scene from Chef Parind Vora. A diverse and approachable menu with rice bowls, sandwiches, cioppino, and more, with a patio offering a view of bustling downtown Austin. CONTIGO

2027 Anchor Ln. (512) 614 2260 An elegant take on bar fare with an inviting, ranchinspired atmosphere.


709 E. 6th St. (512) 614 4972 Delicious bake shop upstairs and beer garden downstairs; enjoy the signature house-made sausages. EPICERIE

2307 Hancock Dr. (512) 371 6840 A café and grocery with both Louisiana and French sensibilities from Thomas Keller-trained Sarah McIntosh. FINO RESTAURANT PATIO & BAR

2905 San Gabriel St. (512) 474 2905

Mediterranean bites and plates for sharing. Sip a handcrafted cocktail al fresco on the lovely patio. GREEN PASTURES RESTAURANT

811 W. Live Oak St. (512) 444 4747

Feast on continental fare under the patio’s majestic oaks.

CULINARY ADVENTURES Team-building exercises, hands-on cooking lessons and fully catered events for food enthusiasts utilizing the school’s 9,000 square foot garden, commercial kitchens, and dining room. Through January 5, 2014 21st and Guadalupe Streets Free admission, donations welcome www.hrc.utexas.edu Robert Capa, France. Normandy. Landing of the American troops on Omaha Beach, 1944. © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos

Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear 12 Magnum photographers discuss their work and Magnum Photos at a symposium October 25 to 27. Pre-registration and payment required at www.hrc.utexas.edu/magnumsymposium.

For more information contact: Special Events Manager, Nancy Marr 512-451-5743 / nmarr @ escoffier.edu 6020-B Dillard Circle Austin, Texas 78752 / escoffier.edu

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1209 E. 11th St. (512) 628 0168

Part grocery store, part casual eatery, Hillside Farmacy is located in a beautifully restored 50sstyle pharmacy with a perfect porch for peoplewatching on the East Side. Oysters, cheese plates, and nightly dinner specials. HOPFIELDS

3110 Guadalupe St. (512) 537 0467 A gastropub with French inclinations, beautiful patio, and unique cocktails. JOSEPHINE HOUSE

1204 W. Lynn St. (512) 477 5584

Rustic, continental fare with an emphasis on fresh, local, and organic ingredients. Sip and savor on the shaded outdoor patio.


200 Congress Ave. (512) 827 2750 Another venture from Chef David Bull, Second offers a casual bistro experience in the heart of the 2nd Street District. TRACE

200 Lavaca St. (512) 542 3660

At W Austin, TRACE focuses on responsiblyand-locally-sourced ingredients from Texas farmers and artisans; sit outside in the sumptuous outdoor lounge. TRIO

98 San Jacinto Blvd. (512) 685 8300

1917 Manor Rd. (512) 391 2337

This sleek space with a lovely trellised patio overlooks Lady Bird Lake from its perch in the Four Seasons Hotel.

A late-night dining destination, Salty Sow serves up creative signa-




ture drinks, including a Blueberry-Lemon Thyme Smash. Explore the porkcentric menu outdoors on Manor Road.

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1704 E. 5th St. (512) 480 9572 Step out for a drink and stay for the classic fare, from sandwiches to frittatas.


1115 E. 11th St. (512) 542 9542

A cozy, French-inspired bistro serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Unwind on the East Eleventh patio. HENRI’S CHEESE & WINE

2026 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 442 3373 Equal parts charcuterie, cheese, and wine shop, Henri’s offers a cozy space to explore new wines or take a bottle home. JUSTINE’S BRASSERIE

4710 E. 5th St. (512) 385 2900

With its French bistro fare, impressive cocktails, and charming décor inside and out, Justine’s has Austin

looking east. Expect a crowd, even late at night.


3801 N. Capital of TX. Hwy. (512) 327 4448

Great espresso bar and a mostly-Italian wine list, complete with an outdoor patio for sipping.

Hearty Italian fare with big, bold flavor. MANDOLA’S ITALIAN MARKET

4700 W. Guadalupe St. (512) 419 9700

1111-B E. 6th St. (512) 939 1927




An inviting trattoria with warm Tuscan colors. Small bar up front and cozy booths in back.

Nestled in the Mandola Estate Winery in Driftwood; expect hearty portions of rustic Italian food.



6317 Bee Cave Rd. (512) 327 8822

Lively, popular Westlake wine bar and Italian restaurant. The wine list boasts more than 250 wines by the bottle. GUSTO ITALIAN KITCHEN & WINE BAR

4800 Burnet Rd. (512) 458 1100


Casual Italian fare and a well-stocked gourmet grocery, alongside a deli, bakery, and espresso bar. Grab a gelato and unwind on the patio overlooking the Triangle.

13308 FM 150 W. Driftwood, TX. (512) 894 3111

1321 S. Congress Ave. (512) 916 1315

Featuring cuisine by Chef George Thomas, Umami Mia opened last month with a full bar and open patio.

3600 N. Capital of Texas Hwy (512) 328 7555 Creative cocktails (don't miss the Whiskey Jacket), full wine list, delicious Italian fare. A Westlake favorite. UMAMI MIA PIZZERIA

1500 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 804 0326

Deep-dish, Chicagostyle pizza from an East Austin food truck— perfect for a late night out.

1315 W. 6th St. (512) 582 1027

Classic Italian fare made simply and with locallysourced ingredients; venture outside onto the elegant trattoria.


13500 Galleria Cir. Ste. 120 (512) 441 9000

Argentinean specialties like meat sandwiches on baguettes, empanadas, and tasty pastries. Intimate patio seating.

2901 Willowbridge Circle Marketed by:

Wendy Coit Griessen Broker AssociAte

512.431.9502 wendy@ameliabullock.com

The Prime Spot for Prime Steaks. Bob’s Steak & Chop House exceeds its

reputation from the moment you walk in

the door. A lively atmosphere with simple

elegance, prime steaks and seafood served by an experienced staff will keep you coming back for more.

Austin • San Antonio • Dallas Grapevine • Plano • Fort Worth Tucson • San Francisco • Nashville Coming soon to The Woodlands. Main Dining Room, Austin, Texas

www.bobs-steakandchop.com ©2013 Bob’s Steak & Chop House

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1025 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 609 8923 Chef-driven, authentic Mexican cuisine in a tropical-inspired locale, complete with a waterfall and expansive outdoor patio. EL NARANJO

85 Rainey St. (512) 474 2776

Husband and wife team Iliana de la Vega and Ernesto Torrealba serve up authentic cuisine from Mexico’s interior. Dine al fresco on the charming Rainey Street patio. FRESA’S CHICKEN AL CARBON

915 N. Lamar Blvd. (512) 428 5077

Savor slow-grilled Peeler Farms chicken from this colorful drive-through eatery, alongside fresh salsas, salads, tortillas, and homemade ice creams. Enjoy a picnic at the neighboring Duncan Park.



360 Nueces St. (512) 320 8226 A flavorful modern Mexican menu inspired by the kitchen of Chef Garrido’s grandmother. The tree-shaded patio offers a taste of the Warehouse District. GLORIA’S

3309 Esperanza Crossing, Ste. 100 (512) 833 6400 Perfect for date night at the Domain, Gloria’s serves upscale Mexican cuisine and a spacious patio. GUERO’S TACO BAR

1412 S. Congress Ave. 4800 Burnet Rd. (512) 447 7688 No frills tacos and one of the most famous patios on South Congress. Try the Queso Flameado with chorizo and jalapeños. LA CONDESA

400 W. 2nd St. (512) 499 0300 Delectable cocktails,

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tasty tacos, and appetizers, all inspired by the hip and bohemian Condesa neighborhood in Mexico City. PAPI TINO’S

1306 E. 6TH ST. (512) 479 1306 Nestled in a converted house on East Sixth, Papi Tino’s serves up modern Mexican cuisine and an impressive selection of delicious mezcals. Enjoy an inviting dining space out back. PELONS

802 Red River St. (512) 243 7874 Elegant Mexican cuisine in a rustic home with an enchanting patio. POLVO’S

2004 S. 1st St. (512) 441 5446 Between the salsa bar, patio seating, and delicious margaritas, this is one of Austin’s beloved Tex-Mex icons.


1308 E. 6th St. (512) 524 0384

A cozy coffee shop during the day and a romantic dinner spot in the evening. SANTA RITA TEX-MEX CANTINA

1206 W. 38th St. (512) 419 7482 5900 W. Slaughter Ln. Ste. 550 (512) 288 5100

Fresh ingredients, traditional recipes, and outstanding margaritas combined with bright décor, attentive service, and solid menu offerings. TAKOBA

1411 E. 7th St. (512) 628 4466 Bold, authentic flavors with ingredients imported straight from Mexico; cozy outdoor seating. VIVO

2015 Manor Rd. (512) 482 0300

Fresh plates with a lighter hand. Enjoy a dog-friendly outdoor patio on a nice day.


1200 W. 6th St. (512) 297 2525

Larry McGuire’s latest venture offers an extensive caviar and oyster menu—a refreshing indulgence on Sixth Street. PERLA’S SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR

1400 S. Congress Ave. (512) 291 7300 Expect the freshest fish and oysters flown in daily from both coasts, carefully prepared with simple yet elegant flavors.


1900 S. 1st St.

(512) 416 1601 Affordable and wholesome vegetarian cuisine, including soups, salads, and sandwiches. COUNTER CULTURE

2337 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 524 1540 An East Austin haven for vegans and vegetarians.

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our little secret

Robin & Andrew's fresh plus 1221 W. Lynn St. (512) 477-5574


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hen given the opportunity to write about a personal and precious architectural spot in Austin, we quickly began running through all our favorite buildings, streets, alleys, nooks, and crannies, but none of them felt personal enough. We realized what we truly love about Austin, as architectural designers, is our neighborhood. What ours provides is the most valuable commodity afforded by any

urban environment: time. More specifically, our neighborhood is home to a cherished grocery store called Fresh Plus. To those who have lived in Austin for several years, Fresh Plus is no secret. But it’s something special to most anyone who has been in one of the three locations around town. Fresh Plus gives us the intangible gift of time better spent, returning to us moments that would have otherwise been consumed by driving. One of our favorite pastimes/hobbies/joys is cooking. And because of our proximity to the market, we’re able to spend time as a family walking to the store and deciding what’s for dinner after glancing at the weekly specials and local seasonal produce. We also find that Fresh Plus is an urban catalyst. It’s a place that helps give this community identity. It provides a place to run into people again and again until you eventually say “hi,” learn their name, and know it for next time. It creates friendships and knits threads across the community in a way that a car-oriented, big box grocery store is unable to do. Sure, we spend a little extra on groceries, but we save in gas, sanity, and most critically, time. We will continue to support this local gem and we hope this might encourage those reading to shop small and more often by walking to and supporting your neighborhood market. robin bagley logan

Robin Bagley Logan is a marketing and project manager at Andersson-Wise (anderssonwise.com), and Andrew Logan is a project manager at Runa Workshop (runaworkshop.com). P h oto g r aph y by a n n i e r ay

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