Located on a large, wooded lot in Deep Eddy, the dream home of late UT Dean of the School for Architecture Hal Box is both grand and subtle, with an exterior of natural and raw materials that fit its setting and a grand interior great room with 30-foot-high walls, massive windows, and a skylight that embodies the term “cathedral ceiling.” The surrounding spaces, especially the outdoor ones, are smaller and more intimate.
Box, who founded Pratt, Box and Henderson Architects in Dallas and served as the Austin architecture school’s dean from 1977 to 1992, spent many summers leading groups to study and document open air churches and other civic spaces in the Mexican states of Morelos, Michoacan, and Hidalgo. The home reads as in interpretation of those spaces in some ways, and includes details—such as the clay and glazed tiles used on the pool deck and fountain and the silver and iron work on stair railings—that seem like direct references to areas of the country as well.
Built in 1983, the 5,286-square-foot, two-story home received a kitchen redesign by another Austin architecture legend, Dick Clark, in the 1990s and has some additional updates made by the current owner. It has five bedrooms and six and a half bathrooms, as well as the aforementioned outdoor spaces, including the pool and a deck that overlooks the dry creek one-acre-plus lot. The home is at 2111 Highgrove Terrace and is on the market for $3.7 million. The listing is held by Cathy Romano at Compass.