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2011-02-05 04:38:37

East Austin's French Legation


The French Legation building, located in East Austin at 801 San Marcos St. is truly one of Austin’s hidden gems.  It is one of the oldest wood-frame structures in the state and serves as a reminder of the 10 year period (1836-1846) when the Lone Star State was recognized as an independent nation.  Originally built to represent the French government, it also served as the home of Monsieur Jean Pierre Isidore Alphonse Dubois, the French chargé d'affaires in the Republic of Texas. 

In 1842, the nation’s capitol was moved to Houston and the building was abandoned.  Later occupants of the building include the first Bishop of the Diocese of Galveston, and Texas revolution hero Moseley Baker.  In 1848, it was occupied by Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Robertson and stayed in the family for several generations. 

In 1945, The French Legation was purchased by the State of Texas.  Four years later it was established as a museum by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.  They spent several years restoring the building before opening it to the public in 1956.

The French Legation continues to be a fascinating landmark and hosts community events and private parties throughout year.  The site and museum are open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00-5:00 p.m.  Admission fees range from $2-$5.  Guided tours are also available by request. 

The French Legation is located a few blocks east of 35, in a neighborhood of Austin that is experiencing booming growth.  It is also one of the best real estate investment opportunities in the city.  

If you love arts and culture, East Austin may be an ideal living area for you.  Check out the newest East Austin home listings today.

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