June 29, 2020 – Surrounded by a stone wall, the historic Commodore Perry mansion and gardens, along Waller Creek and across from the 121-year-old Hancock Golf Course, have the ambience of a countryside retreat, but the property is right there on busy Red River and Forty-first streets—if you live in Austin, you’ve probably driven past it many times.

The 10,800-square-foot Italianate manor, built in 1928, originally served as the country home for “Commodore” Edgar and Lutie Perry, who loved to entertain in true Roaring Twenties style. Though his nickname suggests otherwise, Edgar wasn’t a naval officer. Instead, he was a businessman and real estate developer. (His friends dubbed him the “commodore” when a flood carried his boat away on Lake Austin.)…

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