Historic Downtown Austin Property SOLD!

107 W 6th Street, 78701

107 W 6th Street, 78701

Back in December, DAB reported on this mid-century modern Texas Comptroller building for sale.  According to the Statesman, Kemp Properties has purchased the 75,000 ft building and plans to preserve the building’s character.  25,000 feet will be occupied by local advertising firm McGarrah/Jessee.  This is great news!  Officially named the “Starr Building” the property was marketed without a price.

Part of the space will become retail.  Downtown Austin doesn’t need more bars or boutiques, so hopefully they will be progressive in their decision.  Below is an image of what existed before the building we see today.  It used to be an H-E-B.  Let’s try Royal Blue Grocery!


H-E-B at corner of 6th and Colorado

H-E-B at corner of 6th and Colorado

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Jude Galligan, REALTOR, Principal of TOWERS Realty and publisher of Downtown Austin Blog (aka. "DAB"), spends his time matching remarkable people with remarkable properties in Austin’s urban core. A resident owner in downtown Austin, Jude has served on the Board of the Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA) and the City of Austin Downtown Commission. Contact Jude.


  1. The Statesman had an expanded article with some historical interior photos. Looks like the set of Mad Men….


  2. And what will happen to McGarrah/Jesse’s current location at 3rd and Brazos? None of the articles mention that.

  3. I just want more neighborhood services and/or daytime uses to go in this building….

  4. I’ve always been intrigued by this building. Much like other buildings in downtown Austin, including those in the Warehouse district, this building is not officially “historical”. It is distinct, however and instantly recognizable which is why I’m glad they will preserve it.

  5. Too bad. I was really hoping someone would tear it down and building something really tall.

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