1928  |  2011 PRE-RESTORATION

Built from a design by renowned Texas architect Henry Bowers Thompson, the Commodore Perry Mansion was one of the show places of Austin in the early twentieth century. Its owners, Edgar and Lutie Perry, were some of the city’s most prominent business and civic leaders. Although “Commodore” Perry was born in the small town of Caldwell, Texas, he graduated from Baylor University and made a fortune as a cotton broker in Europe prior to World War I. Following his marriage to Lutie Pryor of Dallas, he moved to Austin with the stated intention of making the city “a nicer place to live.”

Perry sold the Estate in 1944, reportedly declaring that the Mansion was a great place to throw a party, but too big to live in, and impossible to adequately staff during World War II. In 1948 it became the home of St. Mary’s Academy, a Catholic girls’ school, which added four structures, including the chapel, to the grounds. In the years since, The Estate has housed at least seven private schools and generations of civic and social events.

Mrs. Perry's Bedroom
Dining Room
Library
Solarium
Living Room
Living Room
Main Hall
Entry
Loggia
Sunken Garden Looking Northwest
Rose Garden and North Elevation of Mansion
North Elevation of Mansion
Southeast Elevation of Mansion
South Elevation of Mansion