O. Henry Hall

O. Henry Hall (HMGZ3)

Location: Austin, TX 78701 Travis County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 16.113', W 97° 44.638'

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The University of Texas System

Built during the period 1877-1881 as a federal courthouse and post office, this was the sixth United States Post Office location in Austin, dating from the establishment of the first post office in Austin in 1840. The building was constructed by Abner Cook, famed early Texas builder, at a cost of $200,000. James G. Hill of the U.S. Treasury Department was the supervising architect. Following construction of the new post office at 210 West Sixth Street in 1912-1914, the building continued to be used as a courthouse and later for miscellaneous federal agencies until 1968. Given to the University of Texas system by the federal government, the building was restored by the university in 1971 and named O. Henry Hall after William Sydney Porter, a noted American short story writer whose pseudonym was O. Henry and whose trial was held here in the federal courthouse. Architecturally, the building is considered to be of national significance because of its exact symmetry and pure lines apparently inspired by the design of Italian high renaissance palaces popular in the late 1870's. Compared to typical architectural design of federal courthouses in this period, this building is unique both in Texas and the nation.
HM NumberHMGZ3
Marker Number15479
Year Placed1974
Placed ByThe Texas Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 11:29am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 620818 N 3349211
Decimal Degrees30.26855000, -97.74396667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 16.113', W 97° 44.638'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 16' 6.78" N, 97° 44' 38.28" W
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Area Code(s)512
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 601-651 Colorado St, Austin TX 78701, US
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