Abner Cook, the architect-contractor responsible for the governor’s mansion and many of the city’s other Greek Revival mansions, built this home in 1855. It bears his trademark portico with six Doric columns and a balustrade designed with crossed sheaves of wheat. Almost all its doors, windows, shutters, and hinges are original, which is rather astonishing when you consider the structure’s history: The house was used as the city’s first Blind Institute in 1856 and then as a hospital for Union prisoners near the end of the Civil War. Its well-maintained furnishings, dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, are eye-catching, but many people come just to see the painting of bluebonnets that helped convince legislators to designate these native blooms as the state flower.
Neill-Cochran Museum House
2310 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX, USA
Our Rating Neighborhood Central Hours Wed–Sat 1–4pm; call to book a guided tour Phone 512/478-2335 Prices 5 adults, $4 seniors (65+) & students; free for ages 12 and under Web site Neill-Cochran Museum House
Map2310 San Gabriel St Austin TX USA Austin
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