Just a block or so away from “The Drag” (Guadalupe Street) in Central Austin, Texas is a spacious Victorian home called Allan House. It was built in 1883 by Scottish immigrants to Austin and is apparently one of the few remaining Victorian homes in greater Austin. Although it’s no longer occupied by residents, Allan House now hosts numerous events throughout the week, including wedding ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and special events.
Recently, I photographed a wedding at Allan House and really enjoyed the venue. Staff were on hand to make sure everything went smoothly, including servers, bartender and a manager/coordinator. And although the day was a little warm and muggy, inside Allan House things were cool, thanks to the one modern amenity that probably didn’t exist back in 1883 when it was built: air conditioning.
As the Allan House website says,
” the venue is ideally suited for weddings, receptions, corporate functions, and charitable events. The gated grounds include a charming stone patio with native Texas blossoms under a canopy of century old majestic oak trees.”
And as a wedding photographer who has photographed many wedding venues in Austin, I couldn’t agree more. There are multiple levels to the home, several of which open to patios overlooking a garden patio – which means extra space for guests and plenty of room to spread your party/event – not to mention really great views of the party and partial views of south and west Austin.
The outdoor patio and yard make you feel like you’re on a southern plantation home, with greenery encompassing the fenced, rot-iron gates that surround Allan House. Large trees abound, creating a beautiful, comfortable shaded area for guests to lounge. Although this venue is in the middle of a busy city, you’d never know it and you instead feel like you are out in the quiet countryside.
Allan House Visiting hours: Monday – Friday, 10 am- 6 pm by appointment.
Address: 1104 San Antonio Street (across the street from the Travis County Courthouse). Contact: 512.478.8653 or email here.