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

Robinson-Macken House

Robinson-Macken House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson, July 15, 2007
1. Robinson-Macken House Marker

Built in 1876 for the family of Elizabeth and John Robinson, Sr., this two-and-one-half-story frame house is a fine example of the Second Empire style of architecture coupled with Italianate detailing. Located within the original 1839 Austin town plan drawn by Edwin Waller, it is in close proximity to the houses built by the locally prominent Bremond family (three blocks east). It shares stylistic similarities with the Bremond houses, now preserved as the Bremond Block Historic District. Three of John and Elizabeth Robinson’s children married into the Bremond family.

The Robinson’s son, Eugene, purchased the house from the other Robinson heirs in 1902. Between 1909 and 1912 he had it moved fifty feet north of its original site to make room for another structure. The house was purchased in 1928 by Joe and Bridget Macken, in whose family it remained until 1983. Both John Robinson and Joe Macken were Austin community leaders, serving at different times as chief of the volunteer fire department and city alderman.

Prominent features of the L-plan Robinson-Macken house include projecting bay windows with classical detailing,
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fine milled wood elements, dormer windows, and a mansard roof.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1986
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4309.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1876.
Location. 30° 16.277′ N, 97° 44.947′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. It is in Downtown Austin. Marker is on Rio Grande Street south of West 8th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 702 Rio Grande Street, Austin TX 78701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joseph and Mary Robinson Martin House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gilfillan House (about 300 feet away); Emma West Flats (about 500 feet away); West-Bremond Cottage (about 500 feet away); Moore-Flack House (about 600 feet away); The Boardman-Webb House (about 700 feet away); Wood Street Settlement at Shoal Creek (about 700 feet away); Austin Woman’s Club (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
Robinson-Macken House and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson, July 15, 2007
2. Robinson-Macken House and Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2023. It was originally submitted on January 11, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 923 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 11, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 21, 2023