Hotel Ella, formerly the Mansion at Judge’s Hill, is a historic, boutique hotel adjacent to the University of Texas at Austin. The renovation of the registered historic landmark maintained the integrity of the existing Mansion, while creating a new destination for travelers and Austinites alike. The overall design is a modern take on the traditional context, where nods to the old tactile trim detailing meet contemporary upholstery selections and lighting. The entry foyer is enlarged to allow space for a reception desk as well as a visual connection to the existing elevator lobby. Dynamic wallpaper creates a focal point behind the desk, featuring framed portraits of Goodall and Ella Wooten, the namesake of the hotel. The Mansion’s Parlor creates an accessory seating area for use by hotel guests and patrons of the adjacent Goodall’s Bar. The Parlor’s color scheme gets reinterpreted in the bar itself, where rich gray tones and a newly created, black marble bar with inlaid brass detailing take center stage without overshadowing the existing fireplace and its historic detail. Outside the Mansion, the property’s interior courtyard is unified at one level, allowing all visitors easy access from both the Mansion and the adjacent Annex, which houses the hotel rooms. The addition of a pool turns the courtyard into an amenity with plenty of space to lounge and relax.