Details for O. Henry Hall (Atlas Number 5507015479)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507015479

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Marker Number 15479
Atlas Number 5507015479
Marker Title O. Henry Hall
Index Entry Henry. O., Hall
Address 601 Colorado
City Austin
County Travis
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 620847
UTM Northing 3348995
Subject Codes post office; courthouses; commercial buildings
Marker Year 1974
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location
Marker Size B
Marker Text 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 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 Sidney Porter, a noted American short story writer whose psuedonym 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. [Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1974]