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About Brown Building Condos
The Brown Building is a downtown condo that was once the congressional office building for such notable Texans as Sen. Ralph Yarborough, President Lyndon Baines Johnson and was at one time Lady Bird Johnson’s radio station. The 1938 building has seen a few changes over the years making it one of the most charming living spaces in downtown Austin. The original builder, Herman Brown, made his mark on Texas with such industries as petroleum, hydroelectric and highway construction. You can see his stamp on the Brown Building by the artwork in the building’s lobby.
The Brown Building – Historical Status
The Brown Building was recorded as a historical building with the National Historical Registrar in 1997 and was turned into living spaces the following year. Located between 8th and Colorado, the historic status allows its owners to benefit from a variable property tax discount. Owners may receive anywhere between 60%-35% of a discount on their property taxes, depending on their status of occupancy, owner or investor, and what the city is allowing at the time you file.
The Brown Building – Features
Some of the best features of the Brown Building are it’s original structures. Charming features such as terrazzo floors, the original mail slots and a marbled lobby all lend to memories of the era in which Herman Brown made his mark on downtown Austin. Originally an eight floor building, two additional floors were added around 1940. You’ll notice a difference between the first eight floors and floors nine and ten–namely the flooring. Whereas the original flooring was the terrazzo floors, the top floors have stained concrete. All of the condos have exposed ceilings, giving them a more industrial feel. You’ll also notice that the bathrooms and closet doors have that 1940’s office feel to them making them a little different than your run of the mill condo.
Another fantastic feature of The Brown Building is its rooftop deck. Talk about miles and miles of views! The deck is set up to accommodate residents and their guests. Throughout the Brown Building you must use your key pass to access the garage, the elevator and the rooftop deck. Tables with umbrellas and lighting have been used to make the rooftop deck feel comfortable. It is a great spot for dinner or drinks with friends.
The Brown Building – Downtown Austin
Other attractions to the building include a wine “cellar,” fitness center, and some great local dining. This is the building that popular Gumbos has made home for many years. The upscale Louisiana Cajun cuisine is a favorite hot spot in downtown and a great feature for residents to have at their doorstep. Being that The Brown Building is located at 8th and Congress, several downtown favorites are just around the corner. It’s also a stone’s throw from the State Capital and various banks. This is why it was an ideal location as a congressional office building.
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