802 San Marcos Street
Austin, TX 78702
GPS: N30° 16' 02.39" W97° 43' 54.35"
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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2021 is the 185th Anniversary of the Texas Revolution. Step back in time and experience the period of the Texas Republic safely in person or virtually at one of these Texas Historical Commission State Historic Sites. Help stop the spread of COVID-19 by following our health and safety guidelines when planning your visit.San Felipe de Austin
By Andy Rhodes, Managing Editor, The Medallion
In 2017, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law officially transferring the French Legation in East Austin to the Texas Historical Commission. Since then, the agency has been meticulously preparing and executing plans to reopen the site to the public.
The THC’s Historic Sites Division has been overseeing a wide range of activity, from...
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