The Nokonah overlooks Shoal Creek in the vibrant neighborhood of Sixth and Lamar. These 99 private, secure luxury condos offer the discriminating downtown dweller privacy and security in the heart of the city. Building managers screen guests 24-hrs a day, 7 days a week. Common spaces include a lush courtyard, modern resort style swimming pool and a club room which can be used by residents for meetings, entertaining or a yoga class. Elegance and unsurpassed quality in an intimate setting make the Nokonah one of Austin’s most sought after condominium communities.
The West End of central downtown, where The Nokonah is situated, is rapidly becoming the most interesting shopping district in Austin today. The headquarters of Austin’s most famous supermarket, Whole Foods, is steps from your door. Dozens of Austin’s most popular, home-grown shops and eating establishments surround you. Old favorites like Sweetish Hill Bakery, Amy’s Ice Cream, Waterloo Records, Shoal Creeks Saloon (try the Renaldo burger), Hut’s Hamburgers, Frank and Angie’s Pizza, Basil’s Restaurant, The Tavern…and new favorites opening on a regular basis.
The second floor of the south wing has been designed to provide residents with the facilities of their own private club. The sundeck area with outdoor pool and lounges can be a gathering place or a place for serious lap swimming. Looking onto the pool from behind glass walls is a health and fitness center with a wide range of the latest exercise equipment. The Building Director will manage the facility and help schedule your private workouts and sessions with your personal trainer. To the east of the pool is a versatile club room which can be used for a wide variety of purposes, from yoga class to a hospitality center for meetings or entertaining.
The Nokonah’s History, Lord of the Plains
The word Comanche comes from the Ute word Komantcia meaning “anyone who wants to fight me all the time.” In their own language the Comanche’s called themselves simply The People. The Comanche’s swept down from the upper plains to west and central Texas in the eighteenth century. They drove the Apache, no slouches when it came to fighting, completely off the Southern Plains. Good horse breeders, they traveled with enormous herds. They were also superb hunters, depending mainly on the buffalo for food, shelter, and clothing. Comanche’s and Nature The Comanche’s was likely the first people to discover the pleasures of Barton Springs. A legend attributed to them held that the Great Spirit hurled a bolt of lightning and split open the rocks which poured forth the pure waters. The People believed everything in nature had a soul. When they killed a buffalo they would give its spirit thanks for allowing its flesh to be eaten.
The Nokoni and the Last Days of the Comanche
In the third quarter of the nineteenth century, as the tremendous buffalo herds were exterminated by whites, and as settlers poured onto their lands, the Comanche’s were gradually driven onto the reservation. The last Comanche chief to hold out was Quanah Parker, son of Chief Peta Nocona and Cynthia Ann Parker. Peta Nocona was the leader of the Nokoni band, one of several independent Comanche tribes who roamed from the Red River to the Brazos.
The word Nokoni is usually translated as: They who go out and return again. After the Civil War there was a long bloody war between the army and the Comanche’s. Quanah Parker joined with a warlike Quahadi band that, like him, refused to submit. In 1875, after their supplies were raided during a brutal winter, they straggled into Fort Sill and the Texas Indian Wars were over. Quanah Parker became a bridge between the whites and his people, becoming a rancher, a judge of the Indian Court, and a lobbyist who went to Washington to plead his people’s causes. He rode in his friend President Theodore Roosevelt’s inaugural parade.
The name Nokonah celebrates Texas’ Native American heritage. The Comanche lived close to the Earth, revering nature, respecting its gifts to man. In Austin, a city famous for its dedication to the environment, it seems fitting to recall and salute its first stewards.