October 28, 2020 by: Kathryn Coffey

Renovation and restoration at The River Oaks motor court in Medina, Texas continues. Twelve long-neglected cabins are being lovingly brought back to life.  Once common throughout the country, the motor court facility was created to serve the growing popularity of automobile travel in the early 20th Century.  Most were developed, like River Oaks, by local business people, and were often run as a family business.  

Medina Cabin7Restored Cabin is now fully complete with a new  gathering plaza and kitchen addition.

Thanks to a dedicated owner and the work of Big Rock Road Construction, Heimsath Architects and their consultants, this unique place was brought back from the brink.  Now, most of the cabins are nearing completion with additions, screened porches and interior renovations. One of the current projects, the office and check-in structure is being restored to become a Tea Room/Gallery. Much of the site planting has been installed. We look forward to this gem becoming a Hill Country destination!

Heimsath Architects is recognized for creative uses in restoring and adapting older buildings.  Click this link to see more of our historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects .

Medina Cabin Interior

One of the historic motor court cabin interiors nearly complete.

 

Medina Cabin

Cabin front entry with restored porch and original porch columns.

 

Medina Landscape

New landscaping features a range of native Hill Country plants.

Interested in more preservation resources? Download these white papers from Heimsath Architects:

The Care and Feeding of Your Historic Building

Download Care and Feeding for Historic Buildings

 

Historic Buildings - Eleven Myths Dispelled

Historic Preservation Myths

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