The home is near one of Austin's historic Moonlight Towers — or Moontowers — 165-foot light towers erected around 1895 to illuminate unpaved and underdeveloped areas of the growing city. They were common all over the country at that time, and Austin's remaining 17, of an original 31, are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The window shown here is 11 feet off the floor of the master bathroom and is situated so that in darkness, the glow from the neighborhood's Moontower provides a nightlight in the bathroom. Sampley notes that the window is east-facing, so it also lets in the glow of the sunrise.
To subtly differentiate the property's two structures, he used board-and-batten siding on the outbuilding (at left), in contrast to the lap siding of the main home.
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