Gracing the corner of 8th and Nueces, the Gilfillan House emits a silhouette of craftsmanship from the past. Designed by the legendary Austin architect Charles H. Page, this historic home was built in 1905. Named for the original owner, businessman and banker William L. Gilfillan, the property has passed through many hands during its long-standing residence in Austin. The Prairie School style home has been cherished, rented out, subdivided, neglected, restored, and celebrated in elegant galas. By the elaborate plaster details framing the entrance and the stretching views from the balconies, one can see why the Gilfillan House should treat the Austin community for another 100 years.
In 2017 O’Connell Architecture served as restoration architect for an exciting proposed vision, working with a larger team of design professionals and development consultants to create a new and vibrant type of flexible work space west of downtown. The project was designed to celebrate the grace and beauty of the historic house, while creating secondary, detached indoor and outdoor work spaces. Our work identified scopes of work for code compliance, restoration and revival at the historic house, while Thomas Phifer and Partners of New York City designed an elegant and sleek new office building along the alley of the historic property. Historic paint analysis was provided by Source of Galveston. Landscape Architecture by Coen+Partners of Minneapolis created courtyard and plaza spaces for a beautiful, shaded outdoor work environment.
The project is on hold at this time.