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Driskill Hotel

Historic Site (4.00)1
1886- N/A
Yes N/A
117 E 7th St.
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A Texas Historical Marker at this location reads:

Built 1885-86 by Col. Jesse L. Driskill (1824-1890), cattle king who moved to Austin in 1869. Brick dressed with limestone. Had three grand entrances -- one the largest arched doorway in Texas. "Ladies' Entrance" was on northeast. Bust of Col. Driskill is over south arch, busts of his rancher sons on east and west. Rich furnishings were selected by Col. Driskill, who leased out his hotel -- Southwest's finest when it opened, Christmas 1886. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1966


The Driskill Hotel The front of the historic Driskill Hotel, showing both of the main street-facing sides. (Photo by Austin Explorer) Grand Entrance A closer view of the grand entrance along Brazos Street. (Photo by Austin Explorer)

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