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General Land Office

  • 1700 N. Congress Ave. Map It
  • Austin
  • Government Building

Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

The only surviving government building from Austin's first 30 years owes its Gothic style to its German-born and -trained architect, Conrad Stremme. This 2½-story structure of stuccoed stone and brick was opened for business in the spring of 1858 as the first home of the Land Office. Writer O. Henry worked as a draftsman here and used the building as the setting for two of his short stories. In 1989 the legislature approved a $4.5 million renovation project to restore the building to its 1890s appearance. The structure now houses permanent and traveling exhibits, the Capitol Visitors Center, and a gift shop.

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1700 N. Congress Ave., Austin, Texas, 78701, USA

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Published 05/04/2017


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