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Designed by architect Jasper Newton Preston, the building was acclaimed by the local press as an elegant contribution to the city, comparable to the Walter Tips Building on Congress Avenue. It is still one of Austin’s finest late nineteenth century Victorian commercial buildings.
Although this building and the neighboring Jacoby-Pope Building were constructed around the same time, they represent two different trends occurring in Austin during the 1870s. The Jacoby-Pope Building is a simple commercial storefront, fairly typical of what was being built on East 6th Street and Congress Avenue during the period.
Owner Joseph W. Hannig was a cabinetmaker and undertaker, as well as the fifth husband of Susanna Dickinson, the “Messenger of the Alamo.” She survived the battle and brought the news of its fall to Sam Houston, which ultimately led to Houston's defeat of Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto and won independence for the Republic of Texas.
Cover photo credit: Beth Wilson via Flickr.