Stephen F. Austin Hotel RemodelRestoring the Traditional
This classic old hotel is a historic landmark, located in the heart of downtown Austin. Built in 1924, it has gone through a series of renovations beginning with the addition of 5 extra stories in 1938. Around 1984 the hotel was purchased by Raleigh Enterprises’ George Rosenthal with the intent to restore it to a more traditional setting than the rather Las Vegas-ish glass and mirror décor with which the previous owners had furnished it. My company—Associated Woodworking—provided all the custom millwork, installation, and carpentry to create the amazing new interior you see below.
The existing first floor walls were demolished and re-located to create a bar, a private dining room (the Remington Room), the main restaurant, the breakfast area, and of course the main lobby. Additionally, there was a social and conversation alcove, and the second floor featured another bar as well as other various other amenities.
My company, Associated Woodworking worked with Lou Angelikis, Mr. Rosenthal’s architect, to create the rich woodworking landscape you see below. All of the casework was created in our shop and installed on site. The wall, ceiling, base and other decorative moldings were put in place by our outstanding crew of carpenters, installers, and finishers.
At the end of the day our team had created one of the premiere downtown Austin luxury lodging spots, and a fitting addition to the city’s emerging status as a destination location.