The Graeber

Downtown Austin | Historical Estate | Lodging + Event Rental | 4600 Sq. Ft. | Sleeps 12

Private Pool

Sleeps 12 Guests

3 Bedrooms

3.5 Bathrooms

Book 3-nights or more and receive our “VIP EXPERIENCE PACKAGE” included with your stay:

  • On-Demand Concierge Service from the moment you book
  • Airport Pickup via our in-house transportation service
  • Airport Drop-off via our in-house transportation service
  • 8-hours of additional Shuttle Van Service (Chauffeur included)
  • Grocery & Beverage Pre-Stocking Service
  • Early Check-in
  • Late Check-out
  • PS4 Virtual-Reality Game System Rental
  • Beer Pong Package
  • Priority Access to our Network of Private Chefs
  • Discounts on local boat rentals & gear rentals

If these walls could talk, they couldn’t tell you everyone who’s partied in this historic landmark, but they would tell you the story of how this place came to be. The first incarnation of this two-story stone structure was a popular 19th century watering hole owned by an Irish immigrant. The Shamrock Saloon served the growing young city for many years while the Texas State Capitol was being built just a few blocks away. Architect, David Graeber bought 410 E 6th Street in 1968 as a run down, falling in, non-habitable shell of a structure. Graeber was not interested in restoring it back into a saloon though, he had a dream of a downtown, city dwelling lifestyle for himself and his family.

In the late 70’s, Graeber completed a strikingly modern interior adding clean, mod lines and numerous skylights to give the house a vibe connected to its downtown setting. Many of the interior spaces are just as he created them 4 decades ago. It is a time capsule with references to times and lives lived over 130 years in this one location.

Entering here, you see why the home and it’s contemporary style of mid-1980s aesthetic was quickly dubbed, “time capsule mod.” We like to refer to it as Andy Warhol meets Davy Crockett. A picture window in the reading room is perfect for people watching the street scene outside. While floating book shelves provide plenty of storage.

Fitting for an architect, the living room plays with interesting angles and details. Graeber built lollypop-shaped wall alcoves that extend to the second story. The red Elgin tile floors, artwork, mahogany staircase and mahogany slats that rim the second floor pop against the white of the room’s white plaster over stone walls. Graeber built a rectangular fireplace alcove that wraps around multiple corners and reaches to the Library.

Toward the back of the living room sits the first kitchen, which is U-shaped with a red glass tile backsplash, cream counters and glass shelves that wrap around the room.

Upstairs in the master wing, we have two suites. Originally we suspect The Graeber used this suite as a sitting room with a fireplace set into a white brick wall, but we’ve added a bed for more sleeping space. The master suite looks down on to Sixth Street as well-planned insulation and windows dim the sound of the street.

The master bathroom features a walk-in deep soaking tub with a shower. Black tiles and white-and-blue speckled tiles ring the tub. A large glass block window provides plenty of light and privacy from the second-story windows across Sixth Street. An L-shaped counter with a sink sits under an L-shaped mirror.

On the other side of the second floor, the guest suite looks out on to the pool area at one side and the living room on the other side. Shutters can be drawn for privacy.

The guest house and pool addition were added in 1985 which added 1,478 square feet. Graeber gave his imagination free reign in designing the addition. It includes an indoor swimming pool surrounded by travertine tile flooring. Above the pool area is a suspended gourmet kitchen and dining area. It’s rectangular shape giving way to a series of semicircles that form a dramatic balcony. Upstairs is a cozy living area and guest bedroom and full bath comfortably furnished with furniture to relax and sleep.

David Graeber said it best in an article about his family life at 410 E. 6th Street in The Austin American-Statesman: “Our life has been immeasurably enriched by living here.” And when you stay here, your trip to Austin will be all the more unforgettable.

Our guests receive exclusive access to our in-house Shuttle Van service:

> Lowest rates in town @ $99/hour including a Private Chauffeur.
> Great for wine tours, downtown brew-pub tours & more!

Only 25% payment required to book!

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