Byrne-Reed House

Restoration Project Team

The expertise of many professionals in the fields of architecture, historic preservation, and construction made the Byrne-Reed House restoration a remarkable success.

Architectural historian Gregg Free, who authored the Historic Structure Report, first advised us that much of the hidden original structure was intact and that the stucco façade could be easily removed. The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture faculty also provided early guidance. Larry Speck and Wayne Bell served on our Architectural Advisory Group, along with noted architectural historian William Seale. Professor Michael Holleran’s graduate students used the Byrne-Reed House as their project in a preservation studio course

The Humanities Texas Board retained HS&A as the project manager. HS&A president Dave Stauch, who had overseen the restoration of the state capitol, and Bill McCann, an experienced project manager, carefully analyzed the scope of work, interviewed prospective architects and contractors, and monitored the cost of the restoration. Project architect Emily Little and her colleagues at ClaytonLittle exercised great sensitivity in balancing the principles of historic preservation with the imperatives of code compliance and accessibility, creating a twenty-first century office environment within a century-old mansion. Finally, Journeyman Construction brought an array of skilled subcontractors who demonstrated that the caliber of gifted artisans who built the Byrne-Reed House in 1907 still exists today.

Humanities Texas Board Building Committee Members

Michael L. Klein, Chair
Vicki Vinson Cantwell
Jo Anne Christian
Julius Glickman
Joy Ann Havran
Joseph R. Krier

Nancy Cain Marcus

Bettye Nowlin
Caren H. Prothro

Catherine L. Robb

Venus F. Strawn

Humanities Texas Key Project Personnel

Michael L. Gillette
Yvonne Doerr González
Melissa J. Huber
Kathryne B. Tovo
Lindsey Wall

Architectural Advisory Group

Wayne Bell
William Seale
Lawrence W. Speck

Historic Structure Report

Gregory Free & Associates

Project Manager: HS&A

David Stauch
John Harrington
Bill McCann
Heloise Beauchamp
Gretchen Preston

Architect: Clayton&Little

Emily Little
Paul Clayton
Ken Johnson 

General Contractor: Journeyman Construction, Inc.

Sam Kumar
Harley Blackburn
Ross Hamilton
John Patrick

Design Subconsultants

Atha Phillips, Coleman & Associates
Aan Coleman, Coleman & Associates
Bill Klock, Energy Engineering Associates
Ron Pritchard, Hanrahan Pritchard Engineering
Pat Sparks and Rick Miles, Sparks Engineering
Darlene Marwitz, Studio Portico

Construction Subcontractors

Jose Balderas, American Roof Solutions, Inc.
Mike Dodd, Architectural Masonry Products
Clint Bradford, ARW Contracting, Inc.
Charles Page, Austin Air Balancing
Betty Brady, Brady Distinctive Lighting
Jud Stringer, Building Abatement Demolition Company, Inc.
Wyoma Craghead, CDC Carpets & Interior
Stephen Ward, Control Security and Surveillance
Dan Watson, D.Watson Companies
Darrell Black, Darrell Black Custom Wood Flooring
The Davey Tree Expert Company
Martin Diaz, Diaz Plastering, Inc.
Adam Zamora and Jamie Nieto, Frontier Contractors, Inc.
Grant Gibson, GQ Tile Co 
Holt Engineering, Inc.
Zach House, House+Earth
Jimmy Schmidt & Steve Johnson, J. S. Electric, Inc.
Louis Hayn, Looking Good Masonry
Lee Pruden, Ludowici Roof Tile
Macias & Associates, L.P.
Mark Dorsett, Meadow Brook Irrigation, LLC 
Mark Heitman, Metro Services, Inc.
Matt Henson, Professio, Inc.
Stan Johnson and Lee Lueckemeyer, Stan’s Heating and Air 
Terracon Consulting Engineers & Scientists
Mitch Tucker, Tucker Welding

From left to right: John Patrick of Journeyman Construction, Inc.; Michael L. Gillette, Humanities Texas executive director; Michael L. Klein, Humanities Texas vice chair; Joseph R. Krier, Humanities Texas past chair; Nancy Cain Marcus, Humanities Texas board member; and Bill McCann, project manager from HS&A.
Workers remove stucco on the south facade of the Byrne-Reed House, revealing original window openings and the decorative plaster frieze.
Craftsmen recreated the unique scalloped plaster design above the arches of the Byrne-Reed House.
Masons reconstructed the east porch railing with bricks salvaged from other areas of the Byrne-Reed House.