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Brown Building

The Brown Building is downtown Austin’s enduring residential landmarks. In addition to the retro-cool Art Deco style and its convenient downtown location, the Brown Building is home to the Brown Bar and Gumbo’s restaurant. It also features spectacular skyline views and a roof top sun deck. The benefits of living in the Brown Building, like its beauty, are not just skin deep. The building is a historical landmark and affords condominium owners a substantial discount on real estate taxes in addition to a homestead exemption. Singular, definitive style and historical status make the Brown building unique.

Originally constructed in 1938 by the legendary businessman Herman Brown, the Brown Building housed many of Texas’ most prominent citizens. There, in elaborate Deco-style offices, deals were struck, politics were formulated, and fortunes were made. It was the focal point of one of the most dynamic and interesting eras in Texas history. After completing his latest project, the Mansfield Dam, Herman Brown, founder of Brown & Root came upon the idea of designing a style of building to complement the City of Austin to express the new wealth our country was enjoying.

The Brown Building is declared Historical. Each condo home owner in the building receives a substantial discount on their real estate taxes in addition to their homestead exemption. This is a very attractive bonus to the building. The Brown Building is the only condo project downtown that offers this exemption. With tax reduction of this size, buyers can qualify for a larger mortgage when purchasing a condo in the Brown Building. The building’s high ceilings and large spaces provide a canvas for personal expression. Lofts vary in size (1-2 bedrooms) and floor plan to provide interesting, efficient space for a variety of different tastes and needs.

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