Clear Rock Lookout is a raw steel hunting blind, writing studio, and observation deck that celebrates the stunning landscape and wildlife views. The 450sf building is nestled below a limestone cliff edge, and has to be “discovered” when approached from the top of the mesa. This gradual reveal of the building strengthens the unfolding landscape panorama made possible from the unique vantage provided by the structure.
The Studio won a 2017 Austin AIA Design Award
Architect: Lemmo Architecture and Design
Contractor: Ron Reue Construction
Steel Fabrication: Longhorn Welding
Structural Engineers: Arch Consulting Engineers
Photo Credits: Casey Dunn
Publications: Texas Made/Texas Modern, Dezeen , ArchDaily, Dwell
The Fire Barn is home to a retired Johnson City fire truck which is used for irrigation and fire safety. The building houses a wood-working shop, construction supplies, and a variety of farm equipment.
The trophy room features taxidermy from the ranch and around the world, a full bar and game room, and an outdoor fire-pit and lounge area. The building includes a game processing facility with a large walk-in cooler, and a 1/2 ton winch and rolling meat-hook system capable of handling animals up to the size of an elk or buffalo. The processing facility is modern, clean, and features up-to-date systems.
The former animal barns have been adapted for storage and ranch use, housing various vehicles, building materials, and animal feed. These buildings are adjacent to a firing range for target practice and skeet shooting. The Corral is also the site of the Annual Ruba Cup BBQ Shootout
The High Blind is the most luxurious hunting blind on the ranch, and possibly in the entire Hill Country. Overlooking a watering hole and a number of game trails, it is occasionally referred to as "The Austonian" in reference to Austin's tallest residential building. The blind has heat and electricity for those that really want to "rough it."
An exercise in "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle," the Shoot the Shit Blind was conceived when a gazebo needed a new home and seven multicolored toilets were removed from the old house. Ice down a few beers in the upper tank and take a seat on the throne of your choice. Your hunting party can solve all the world's problems in an afternoon over BBQ.