The grounds are a bit run down, part of the aesthetic and part of the charm of the Sri Atmananda complex that rests like an old but elegant dame at the corner of Red River and 41st. Like Norma Desmond, she's shrouded in her fading vanity, cracked facades, overgrown foliage, and all. But unlike the deliciously lascivious Gloria Swanson character, the Perry Mansion does not have to wait for lights, camera, or action, because major motion picture studios already know what a great spot this is to create the type of allure and magic that only Hollywood can. This past year, the hunky Wilson brothers shot The Wendell Baker Story there, and Tim McCanlies' Secondhand Lions, starring Robert Duvall and Michael Caine, was filmed in the manse and on the grounds. The visually arresting fountains, loggia, intricate tile work, and mix of architectural design, make this entire 10-acre compound and especially the 10,800-square-foot palace ready for its close-up, Mr. DeMille.
4100 Red River, 512/451-7044
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