Completed in 1841, the French Legation originally served as a diplomatic outpost for Alphonse Dubois, a representative of King Louis–Philip of France, as he worked to forge alliances between the French 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 frame 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 3 acres of land in the heart of downtown Austin and currently owned by the State of Texas and operated by the Daughter of the Republic of Texas. The grounds are open to the public, food and pets are always welcome on the grounds. The house is viewable by tour only during Museum Hours.
802 San Marcos Street (map)
Tuesday- Sunday: 1-5pm
$5 per person admission fee