French Legation State Historic Site

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802 San Marcos Street
Austin, TX 78702
GPS: N30° 16' 02.39" W97° 43' 54.35"
737-226-1399
frenchlegation@thc.texas.gov

Driving map of the French Legation building

The French Legation State Historic Site in Austin began in 1841 as a private home for France’s representative to the Republic of Texas, Alphonse Dubois, after the French monarch officially recognized the Republic of Texas as a sovereign nation. Dubois was promoted to “chargé d’affaires,” which is a diplomat who heads an embassy in the absence of the ambassador, and established an official legation in Texas. When Dubois was unable to find a suitable house, he hired builders to construct the Legation house. The historic structure and landscape provide a cultural destination where people from the surrounding neighborhoods can gather. 

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  • The front of the main house at the French Legation State Historic Site