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Pendleton Farms

In a second-floor bedroom of Pendleton Farm hangs a solitary painting. It depicts a bucolic scene: a meandering road, crops in season, livestock, a pond, and a white clapboard farmhouse. That landscape painting, commissioned by Pendleton Farm owners in the early 1980s, is unchanged today save for the presence of the new farmhouse designed by Tim Cuppett, AIA. So unaltered is the scene that one subcontractor had difficulty finding the job site though he was only yards from the new structure. From where he stood, all he could see was “some old farmhouse.”  While many architects would hesitate to repeat…

Gardner

East Austin’s dramatic transformation, the result of a decade of rapid gentrification, is especially apparent on a mile-long stretch of East Sixth Street situated just across Interstate 35 from the city’s notorious nightlife hub. The longtime working-class neighborhood has lately become a dining and nightlife destination for the young and chic. Bungalows have been converted into bars, and empty parking lots have given rise to multi-story mixed-use apartment buildings. Gardner, the second restaurant opened by Andrew Wiseheart and Ben Edgerton of Contigo fame, is a gratifying addition to the mix. Designed by Austin’s Baldridge Architects and the recipient of much…

CCR1 Residence

Nothing prepares you for the CCR1 Residence. Cedar Creek Lake, located about 55 miles southeast of Dallas, is well-known for its vacation homes and casual atmosphere. So it was no surprise for Paul Field, Assoc. AIA, and Braxton Werner, AIA, partners at Wernerfield Architects, to receive a design brief asking simply for a weekend retreat with “four bedrooms and a porch.” The surprise is what Wernerfield made of that concise design brief. Set in a laid-back neighborhood in Trinidad, Tex., CCR1 blends in with the bungalows and modest structures nearby. From the street, it’s easy to miss the house, even…

2015 Design Awards — Winners Announced

The 2015 Design Awards jurors met in Austin on May 7–8 to review all the entries. In their final selections, the jurors unanimously felt they had pushed one another to find architectural distinction in an array of project types that no single one of them would have arrived at on their own. Brief descriptions of the jury's response to selected projects are summarized below. The winning projects will be featured in the September/October 2015 issue of Texas Architect; the firms/designers will also be honored during TxA's 76th Annual Convention and Design Expo in Dallas this November.   CCR1 Residence Cedar Creek Reservoir Wernerfield This predominately horizontal structure has an amazing…