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The Art of Home // The Legacy of the Bohn House


The Art of Home: The Legacy of the Bohn House

Khani Zulu | MCNE, CLHMS

LICENSE NUMBER #668914 Khani Zulu’s passion for real estate is as unique as her approach, offering clients a curated experience fueled by integrity,...

LICENSE NUMBER #668914 Khani Zulu’s passion for real estate is as unique as her approach, offering clients a curated experience fueled by integrity,...

Mar 19 5 minutes read

Imagine a home that not only stands as a monument to architectural ingenuity but also tells a story of time's passage and the careful stewardship of history. The Bohn House,  located at 1301 W 29th St., transcends the ordinary, offering a glimpse into a past where Art Deco elegance met forward-thinking design. This iconic residence, now on the market, represents a unique confluence of historical reverence and contemporary living, meticulously renovated to honor its original vision while embracing modern functionality. Join us as we explore the architectural wonder that is the Bohn House, a testament to design, history, and the transformative vision of Dick Clark + Associates.

A Nautical Vision from 1938

Conceived in 1938 by architect Roy L. Thomas, the Bohn House was ahead of its time, drawing inspiration from the legendary Shangri-La in Frank Capra’s film "Lost Horizon" and the grandeur of the Queen Mary ocean liner. Its original Art Deco design, complete with aluminum railings, porthole windows, and a solarium with a curved glass wall, captivated the imagination, evoking the elegance and adventure of sea travel. The centerpiece, a circular mahogany door that magically descends to separate rooms, added a touch of whimsy and innovation to this architectural marvel.

A Legacy Entrusted to Dick Clark + Associates

In 2013, the stewardship of this landmark fell to its new owners, Bill and Misty Reid, who embarked on a transformative journey with Dick Clark + Associates (DC+A) at the helm. Tasked with the delicate balance of preserving the home’s historic essence while infusing it with modern livability, DC+A approached the renovation with reverence for its origins and a vision for its future.

The firm's expertise shone as they nearly doubled the home's square footage with a two-story addition that feels so seamless, it's as if it was always meant to be. The architects masterfully retained the character of the Bohn House, ensuring that each new element complemented the existing structure, from the light fixtures to the iconic circular door.

A Modern Masterpiece with Historic Charm

Today, the Bohn House stands as a beacon of architectural significance, offering 6,528 square feet of living space that marries the home’s Art Deco roots with contemporary design. The meticulous renovation included the addition of a roof deck, a three-car garage, a media room, and an 1,800-bottle wine cellar crafted from a former bomb shelter.

The interior continues to pay homage to its nautical inspiration, with porthole windows and a rotunda reminiscent of a ship's prow. The grand foyer, adorned with Carrara and Negro Santa Maria marble, leads to a circular dining room and a state-of-the-art kitchen equipped with Miele appliances. Upstairs, the private primary suite boasts breathtaking views and a luxurious bathroom, while the original staircase, complete with its historical creaks, serves as a reminder of the home’s storied past.

A Unique Opportunity

The Bohn House is more than a residence; it's a living piece of history and a masterpiece of architectural renovation. As it returns to the market for the first time in a decade, priced at $9.25 million & one of the top 20 most expensive homes currently on the market (Listed by Phyllis Patek), it presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a significant piece of Austin's architectural heritage, meticulously preserved and thoughtfully enhanced for modern living.

For those who appreciate the art of home, the Bohn House embodies the perfect blend of historical significance, architectural brilliance, and modern functionality. It stands as a tribute to the vision of its original and current caretakers and the genius of Dick Clark + Associates. As this architectural gem awaits its next chapter, it continues to inspire and captivate, offering a rare chance to live within a piece of Austin's history.

With Love From ATX,

Khani Zulu Group

(Photos Courtesy of JPM / Tribeza)

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