February 11, 2021 – In the end the 1920s-era home in Austin, designed by architect Henry Bowers Thomson for clients Edgar and Lutie Perry, was too much. When Edgar Perry sold the 10-acre estate and its 10,600-square-foot residence in 1944, he said the mansion was “a great place to throw a party, but too big to live in.” So later it would find life as a Catholic high school, one that young Clark Lyda attended. He liked it so much that in 2010 he bought the entire estate. “He thought it was nostalgic and wanted to do something with it,” says Paul Clayton, partner in Austin-based architecture firm Clayton Korte. “He’s a developer and he had a vision.”

New Life for Austin’s Commodore Perry Estate