John Bremond House

John Bremond House - Austin, Texas

John Bremond House – Austin, Texas

For years, I’ve passed by this stately Victorian admiring its ornateness. I didn’t know much about it and finally looked it up. Called the John Bremond House, it’s the cornerstone of the Bremond Block Historic District. According to Wikipedia, this block is one of the few remaining upper-class Victorian neighborhoods in Texas.

On a rise that overlooks downtown and the river, at one time, this and the surrounding homes must have looked impressive. Today, the giant 6th and Guadalupe tower is rising across the street. Slated to be the tallest skyscraper in Austin, it completely blocks the view and overpowers the neighborhood. While still looking impressive in isolation. In context, the house has lost its stature. Austin’s relentless growth continues to swallow up underutilized land. While a boon for the tax roles. It threatens to irrevocably change neighborhoods. And not always for the better.

This is the last of this series. From start to finish, I shot all 21 posts worth of pictures on the same day in about an hour and a half. Catch the city just before the blue hour, and exploring around yields much visual variety.

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