Colorful Converted Firehouse
You can practically feel history oozing from the walls of this funky Austin home. Built in 1890 as the city's first permanent fire station and later converted to boot and saddle manufacturer Capitol Saddlery (whose clientele has included Al Capone, Carol King and Alan Jackson), this landmark building is brimming with details from its past.
Location: Austin, Texas
Listed By: Gary Dolch and Michelle Dolch of Capital City Sotheby's International Realty
The building's current owner, Giselle Koy, worked with Joel Mozersky of One Eleven Design to turn this once dilapidated structure into a livable space. After forming their design concept around a set of antique doors, the duo layered in antique chandeliers, plush fabrics and marble floors to create an eclectic, Venetian-inspired palace. Koy scraped several coats of lead-based paint off the walls to reveal their original green color, and she sealed exposed patches of brick and concrete to preserve them.
Despite its dramatic transformation, hints of the home's past remain intact: A border of old-fashioned fire hydrants tops off the walls of the kitchen, while the boot-shaped Capitol Saddlery sign still hangs above the entrance. Would you like to live in this historic Austin abode?