Tax Credit Program Highlight: Driskill Hotel

Austin, Travis County



Individually listed in the National Register, Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

Historic Use


Current Use


Total Rehabilitation Cost


Qualified Rehabilitation Expenses


Date Certified

February 17, 2016


Certified for state tax credits only


Built in 1885-1886, the Driskill is the oldest operating hotel in Austin. The original four story brick structure with limestone detailing is a prime example of the Romanesque Revival style, designed by Jasper N. Preston. To build the hotel, successful Missourian cattle baron Jesse Driskill used funds earned from supplying beef to the Confederate Army during the Civil War to build “the finest hotel south of St. Louis.” The Driskill occupies nearly half a block in Austin’s Central Business District with arched entries on three sides and two-story projecting porticoes along Brazos and East Sixth Streets. The main lobby features a central rotunda with a prominent stained glass ceiling, which replaces a previous rotunda. A 12-story tower was added in 1930.

Rehabilitation Project

The current rehabilitation project focused on an update of the interior guest spaces in both sections of the building. An upgraded HVAC system reused the existing ductwork, providing increased energy efficiency. Public corridors and the 100+ historic hotel rooms were refreshed with new carpeting, wallpaper, and paint. No walls were moved and no spaces were altered as part of this project; only the systems and finishes were updated as part of an ongoing process of repair and modernization for the working hotel.

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  • The iconic lobby of the Driskill was not altered as a part of this project, which took advantage of the state tax credit program to update the guest floors.