Front Elevation

Front Elevation

South Elevation

South Elevation

Carved barge boards by PM

Carved barge boards by PM

Barge board detail

Barge board detail

"M" motif on chimney-Ironwork by Weigl

Limestone mantle in living room

Limestone mantle in living room

Greek

Greek "Bacchus scene" detail carved in oak

Greek

Greek "Bacchus scene" detail carved in oak

Mansbendel coat of arms carved in limestone by Mansbendel

Mansbendel coat of arms carved in limestone by Mansbendel

Portrait of Peter

Portrait of Peter

Tudor style chairs by PM

Tudor style chairs by PM

Alamo memorial

Alamo memorial

Stair railing and newel post detail

Stair railing and newel post detail

Plaster of paris cast of original front door relief sculpture.

Plaster of paris cast of original front door relief sculpture.

Test carving in walnut

Test carving in walnut

Match strike mask

Match strike mask

Plaster cast of a portrait carving

Plaster cast of a portrait carving

Plaster cast of a portrait carving

Plaster cast of a portrait carving

Plaster cast of a portrait carving-Judge Batts

Plaster cast of a portrait carving-Judge Batts

Book cover & plaque

Book cover & plaque

Dining room ornamentation detail by PM

Dining room ornamentation detail by PM

Dining room detail carved by PM

Dining room detail carved by PM

Door detail

Door detail

Corner cabinet

Corner cabinet

Drapery tie backs with floral motif by PM

Drapery tie backs with floral motif by PM

Example Frame

Peter Mansbendel

Architect/Builder: Peter Mansbendel
Year: 1915
Style: Tudor Revival
Areas of Significance: Art, Architecture
City: Austin

This was Peter Mansbendel's personal home in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Austin. He carved many elements in and around this home. This home was perhaps his greatest labor of love. The carver's humor is evident in the stairway leading from the living room to the second floor. Each newel post is mounted with a fanciful figure. A chubby infant (said to be the portrait of Peter Jr.), snail, frog and owl. As Peter, Jr. tells us "The story behind the staircase, is about the progress or stages in a child's life. First a child is born who later learns to crawl at a snail's pace, later the child learns to hop like a frog and lastly finds the wisdom of a owl."

Above the tiling in the bathroom and carved into the wooden panels are fish, lobsters, octopi, and crabs, each was previously tinted in natural colors and pictured swimming in seaweed. Mansbendel was rather proud of this achievement. "It's a real economic success," he ventured. "A bucket of sand in the tub makes you feel quite bathing beachy (and) you don't spend any money on a bathing suit or for train fare getting there."

It was in this home, indelibly stamped with his outsized personality, that Peter Mansbendel held forth most impressively. The home has been beautifully restored to it's past glory in the last two years (2004-05) by architect John Mayfield. (National Historical Place #90001183 added 1990) 
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