Completed in 1841, the French Legation originally served as a diplomatic outpost for Alphonse Dubois de Saligny, a representative of King Louis Philip of France, as he worked to forge alliances between France and the newly-formed Republic of Texas. In 1848, the house was purchased by Dr. J.W. Robertson and remained the private residence of the Robertson family for more than 90 years. Today, the French Legation stands as the oldest wooden structure in Austin and is among the few remaining examples of Republic-Era architecture to be found in the state.
The French Legation Museum sits on 2 acres of land just to the East of downtown Austin (near Franklin’s BBQ). The Daughters of the Republic of Texas have maintained and operated this state-owned site as custodians since 1949; it was opened as a museum in 1956. The grounds are open to the public, food and leashed pets are always welcome. The house is viewable by tour only, from 1-5 pm, Tuesday through Sunday.
802 San Marcos Street (map)
Tuesday- Sunday: 1-5pm
$5 per person admission fee