Interview & Tour: Historic Buda Mill & Grain Co. renovation creating buzz in Buda, TX

By: Alex Bingham
16 May 2017

Fifteen miles south of Austin is the small but rapidly growing historic town of Buda (pronounced “byoo-duh”), TX. Where the railroad tracks cross Main Street you will find the Buda Mill and Grain Co. Founded over 100 years ago, this mill supplied locals with horse feed, baby chicks, and ginned cotton. After a few years of abandonment, the descendants of the original owners — Dodi Ellis and her son, Saenger — began renovating the mill in 2012.

Get the full history of Buda Mill & Grain Co., including historical and renovation photography, on the Mill’s website. Plus, get a peek at what tenants are now in place, and what spaces are currently available.

CTA assisted the Ellises in the adaptive reuse of the grain storage facility and cotton gin brick building. The thought behind the design for the grain storage facility was to keep the iconic form of the metal shed but create a Texas-sized porch. Keeping the bones of the structure intact, the front wall was pushed back and replaced with glazing to create a large, covered front porch. Both the clients and the design team were keen on leaving artifacts of the past, like the augur that spans overhead, intact. Keeping much of the Mill’s historic past, we were sensitive to what was added and removed on the brick building. Simple gestures like the covered entry comprised of steel rods will create a modern touch with industrial materials.

As this mixed-use development continues to grow, it is gaining the attention of not only the town of Buda, but also the bustling economy of Austin. To learn more about this redevelopment, check out this Austin Business Journal write-up. And enjoy this brand-new CTA-produced video featuring a mini-tour of the project site and an interview with Dodi and Saenger Ellis:

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