Austin: Motto Hotel by Hilton Design Atop Historic Building Up for Certificate of Appropriateness
Feature Illustration (above): The West 15th Street (left) and Lavaca Street (right) façades of the proposed Motto by Hilton boutique, 12-story hotel. Courtesy: MCS Architects.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Austin (Travis County) — A proposed 12-story boutique hotel that would be constructed atop a downtown historic building will be returning to the Historic Landmark Commission for possible approval of its certificate of appropriateness.
When it was first introduced to the Historic Landmark Commission in February, there were concerns expressed as to how it could possibly be compatible with the circa 1880s commercial building at 1415 Lavaca Street. See the VBX article of Feb. 25, 2020.
The developers–William Franks, Nazar Momin and Ali Momin (Trend Hospitality), plan to build the hotel above the original structure. The fact that they feel ready to request their C-of-A is a strong indication that enough commissioners have been swayed.
The project site is small, just .14-acre. The hotel height is 149 feet, including the parapet. From floors three to twelve, there would be a total of 168 guest rooms. The total building area would be approximately 82,165 square feet.
The designs submitted to the HLC’s C-of-A Committee on July 17 have some minor changes. There is no longer a sloping roof on one end; it’s completely flat.
This development is also listed in VBX as Project ID 2020-1A49.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.