Front elevation

Front elevation

Entry detail

Entry detail

Historical photo of Astin overmantle from PM's shop

Historical photo of Astin overmantle from PM's shop

Astin overmantle as it is seen today

Astin overmantle as it is seen today

Overmantle detail

Overmantle detail

Classical mantle attributed to PM

Classical mantle attributed to PM

Example Frame

Roger Q. & Nina Heard Astin (Bryan, TX)

Architect/Builder: Hal Thomson
Year: 1924
Style: English Georgian Revival
Areas of Significance: Architecture, Art
City: Bryan

The Astin Mansion was built in 1924 by Roger Q. and Nina Heard Astin. A paragon of the grand nineteen-twenties style, this architectural gem has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  

The Astin family was a prominent Bryan family who owned Rivermist, a cotton plantation. Nina Heard Astin came from a prestigious background in McKinney, Texas. Nina’s husband, Roger Astin died at age 39, leaving her widowed with 2 small children, John Heard Astin and Nina Bess Astin. Neither of the Astin children had children, so there were no heirs to the Astin estate. Nina Heard Astin, who was well known for her generosity and community involvement, outlived both of her children and bequeathed her estate to this community in the form of the Nina Heard Astin and Nina Bess Astin charitable trust. The trust continues to support several of Mrs. Astin’s favorite organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club, as well as scholarships and other causes.

Astin Mansion was designed by architect Hal B. Thomson, designer of many of Texas’s finest homes, including many in Dallas’s Highland Park. The Georgian Revival home has 96 windows and 16 sets of French doors. It also has the original slate roof and many original fixtures and detail, including fine craftsmanship in wood, stone, and iron.

Peter Mansbendel carved this beautiful classical swag overmantle patterned after the great work of English carver Grinling Gibbons. Several limestone/cast stone mantles are also attributed to PM. The ironwork is belived to be Henry Potter Iron work from Dallas.

Today the home is a wonderful bed and breakfast boutque Hotel.
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