Neill-Cochran House Museum

The Neill-Cochran House is considered to be one of Austin’s three most important historic residences. Built in 1855 as a suburban estate, this impressive Greek Revival house has survived war, neglect, and the growth of the University of Texas area and the capital city. More than 150 years ago, master builder Abner Cook was commissioned to build this notable Greek Revival home in Austin. Over the years the property has served as home to the state’s first school for the blind,  a lieutenant governor, and a hospital for Federal soldiers during Reconstruction. Today, the NCHM is owned by the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Texas.

Step into a place designed and constructed by Abner Cook, the Master Builder responsible for Austin’s most elegant 19th-century houses, including the Texas Governor’s Mansion, Woodlawn, Sweetbrush, and Westhill filled with sumptuous furnishings dating form 1780-1925 in period rooms: Colonial, Empire, Rococo Revival, Victorian preserving a colorful narrative of its many owners and occupants, including the Texas School for the Blind and Federal troops during Reconstruction surrounded by a shaped landscape and secluded patio


2310 San Gabriel St. (map)


Wednesday-Sunday, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM


General admission - $8 (discounts for students, seniors, and children)


upcoming events

January 21, 2021 | 5:00 PM

Rita’s Quilt Talk featuring Shannon Downey

Come learn the compelling story of Rita’s Quilt!
When craftivist Shannon Downey stumbled upon an unfinished quilt at an estate sale in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, she knew she had to finish it in honor of the original artist who had passed on. She also knew that she could not do it alone. Hear the story of what happened when 150 artists from across the country worked together to finish #RitasQuilt.
Rita’s Quilt is a work of love. Rita planned the quilt painstakingly, and Shannon was able to complete her design. The quilt consists of a beautifully embroidered map, fifty stars, and fifty states’ birds and flowers. Don’t miss your chance to see this incredible work of art and to learn the full story!
Shannon will be at the Neill-Cochran House Museum to share this incredible story. We will set up out on our spacious front lawn. The in-person crowd will be kept small to ensure we can socially distance all chairs for everyone’s safety. We will also have hot cider available to keep everyone warm! We request that all guests, speakers, and staff remain masked to ensure everyone’s safety, except when in their seats enjoying their cider!
We will also be presenting this spectacular event virtually the day of the talk! Register for the special zoom meeting to learn more about Rita’s Quilt.

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