Heritage, Volume 13, Number 4, Fall 1995 Page: 27
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Historic Tour of
French Legation Museum
In 1839 the Kingdom of France, ruled by
His Majesty, Louis Phillippe of Orleans,
officially recognized the Republic of Texas.
Alphonse Dubois de Saligny was named
charge d'affaires to the Republic and in
early 1840 he presented his credentials to
the President of the Republic of Texas. In
the fall of 1840, the colorful de Saligny
purchased 22 acres of land from Anson
Jones (stretching from the present-day
boundaries of 7th to 11th Streets and San
Marcos Street to the southbound access
road of Interstate 35) and began construction
of his residence, known through the
years as Legation de France. Designed in
the Greek Revival bayou style, reminiscent
of homes built in southern Louisiana
during this period, the house is constructed
of loblolly pine from the Bastrop area of
Texas. Today, the French Legation Museum
stands as one of the oldest existing
frame buildings in the middle of Austin
near the city center.
Soon afterTexas became a state in 1848,
the home was purchased by Dr. Joseph W.
Robertson, beginning a century of
Robertson family ownership. The house
was purchased from the Robertson family
in 1948 by the State of Texas and, under
the auspices of Mrs. Walter Prescott Webb,
put in the custody of the Daughters of the
Republic of Texas who restored it and
opened the house and grounds to the public
in 1956. The house is beautifully furnished
with original and period pieces, and
visitors to the site will discover that today
becomes yesterday at the Legation de
France, Republic de Texas.
The Legation's kitchen is the only au
thentic reproduction of an early Creole
kitchen in the United States. The house's
parlor contains some furnishings that belonged
to de Saligny. Others are period
The French Legation is at 802 San
Marcos in the middle of Austin. The parking
lot.is on the corner of Embassy Drive
Street. From .
take the 6th12th
Go east on 8th
turn left on
1 to 5 p.m.
adults, $1 for
children 11 to
18, and 50
cents for children
for groups of
30 or more.
Facilities at the French Legation are handicapped
For more information, call the French
Legation Museum at (512) 472-8180. The
Daughters of the Republic of Texas also
invite the public to visit their museum in
Austin at 510 Anderson Lane East. The
phone number is (512) 339-1997.
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