This is a composite of the mid century modern architectural design work of Leonard J. Lundgren and his associates. A practice based in Austin, Texas where he began an iconic architectural career in the early 1950’s. Although he later became known for his hotel design skills, his early practice focused on residential projects primarily in the Austin area. In the mid-1950’s, he formed a partnership with Edward Maurer. As Lundgren and Maurer, their firm designed and built residential, commercial, hotel and government projects. Well known local Austin commerical designs included the Adams Extract Building and the round Holiday Inn on Town Lake. Included are these award winning projects that he considered his most important:
Leonard J. Lundgren, Architect 1918 - 2012 Mid-Century Architect Austin, Texas
Leonard J. Lundgren, Architect
Leonard J. Lundgren
Lundgren and Maurer was one of the most innovative and sought after architectural firms of their time. The round hotel building style was one of their most distinctive and timeless designs. The round Holiday Inn on Town Lake in Austin, Texas was the first circular hotel to be built in the world. Most of these hotels still stand today and are considered local area landmarks and many were completely renovated in the last few years. These projects can be found throughout the U.S., Mexico and Central America. Many of his residential designs are considered by experts among the finest examples of Mid-Century Architecture. The Zidell Residence in Taylor, Texas received historical designation on the National Registry of Historical Places.
As you explore the contents of this site, it will be hard not to be impressed with the work and life of Leonard Lundgren. He was licensed to practice in all 50 states, including Mexico. It is important to know as you study his work, he was a man of integrity, a leader, demanding the best of himself and others, with amazing people skills. His friendships lasted a lifetime. He is remembered as a talented and creative architect. But, his greatest joy and pride was for his family. That is what inspired and drove all his successes.
" What a great citizen of Austin. Leonard was one fine mentor to me before and while I was president of the Austin Jaycees, and during all my days as a public servant. He provided sage and thoughtful advice to me all along the way, always suggesting but never pushing or demanding, giving me time to find my own way in what was best for all our Austinites. While I have not seen him for years, I will always remember Leonard Lundgren as one of the giants who made Austin a better Austin and did so without fanfare. Bless the family of this wonderful man. Boy, I am glad I had a chance to have him touch my life. God speed Leonard. "
Former Mayor City of Austin
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