“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Carrington-Covert House

Carrington-Covert House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, August 18, 2007
1. Carrington-Covert House Marker
Inscription. Leonidas D. Carrington (1816-97) and his wife, Martha Hill Carrington (1824-59), came to Austin from Mississippi in 1852. He began to accumulate real estate and on Sept. 15, 1853, bought this block from James M.W. Hall, Austin hotelman, and ten days later opened a mercantile store on Congress Avenue. In 1856 Carrington hired John Brandon, a local architect-contractor, to build on this site a Vernacular Greek Revival home, constructed of rough limestone ashlar. The house was completed in the spring of 1857.

The property was purchased by M.L. Hemphill in 1870 and by the John Fields family in 1881. Fields leased the building, 1893-98, to the “Texas Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital”, directed by Dr. Henry L. Hilgartner (1868-1937), and in 1903, sold the site to Frank M. Covert (1865-1938). The head of a prominent Austin family, who lived here until 1936. Later owners rented the structure as a boardinghouse, residence, and nursery until it was purchased by the State of Texas in 1968.

The Texas Historical Commission restored the house in 1972.
Erected 1972 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6423.)
Location. 30° 16.68′ N, 97° 44.432′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in
Carrington-Covert House Markers image. Click for full size.
By Michael Heinich, January 2, 2016
2. Carrington-Covert House Markers
Austin Landmark, Texas Historical Marker and a listed building in the National Register of Historical Places.
Travis County. Marker is on Colorado Street near West 16th Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1511 Colorado St, Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Swedish Evangelical Free Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); State Bar of Texas (about 400 feet away); Gethsemane Church (about 400 feet away); Swedish Central Methodist Church (about 700 feet away); Wahrenberger House (about 700 feet away); Price Daniel (about 700 feet away); Scottish Rite Temple (about 700 feet away); Moses Austin (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Austin.
Also see . . .  The Texas Historical Commission. The Texas Historical Commission's Headquarters has been in the Carrington-Covert House since 1972. (Submitted on December 30, 2009.) 
Categories. Notable Buildings
Carrington-Covert House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, August 18, 2007
3. Carrington-Covert House and Marker
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 791 times since then and 85 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   2. submitted on , by Michael Heinich of Austin, Texas.   3. submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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