Byrne-Reed House

Austin, Texas

Concealed beneath a haphazardly constructed 1970’s pale stucco box, the Byrne-Reed House had been an Austin artifact waiting to be uncovered for nearly half a century. Prior to its stucco entombment, each set of occupants of the Byrne-Reed House had remodeled or added on in various ways, concealing many original architectural features and destroying others. Clayton&Little was charged with the task of peeling back the layers and restoring an Austin landmark for use as the office of Humanities Texas, the state arm of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Many original features of the house were uncovered and could be salvaged and restored, many elements had to be recreated. The house was brought to compliance with all local codes and ordinances through careful planning and the addition of a stair and elevator tower, located to the west of the house, separating it rom a smaller structure believed to be the original Carriage House. Listing on the National Register of Historic Places is pending, as is City of Austin Historic Landmark designations.


  • Texas Historical Commission Award of Excellence in Historic Architecture 
  • Preservation Texas Preservation Honor Award
  • Texas Downtown Association (TDA) Presidents Awards Program - Best Restoration category
  • The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America John Staub Honor Award
  • Central Texas Masonry Contractors Assn. Golden Trowel Award Honorable Mention
  • American Institute for Architects Austin Citation of Honor
  • Austin Business Journal Best Real Estate Award for Rehabilitation 
  • National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Historic Presentation Recognition Award
  • Texas Construction’s Best Renovation/Restoration Project 
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Excellence in Construction Award for Historical Restoration
  • City of Austin Historic Landmark Designation