The Allan House is one of the oldest buildings with an abundance of character, centrally located in downtown Austin. It’s the perfect venue for a wedding, corporate event or anything your imagination can create.
It all started in 1883, the same year the University of Texas opened, Scottish immigrant John T. Allan built the Victorian mansion now known as The Allan House. Allan, known as the “Father of Industrial Education in Texas,” was an attorney, public servant, and philanthropist. Initially Allan’s residence, The Allan House was later used as a girls’ school and boarding home. After Allan’s passing in 1888, he bequeathed The Allan House to the City of Austin with a request that the city establish an industrial school to teach the practical use of tools and scientific principles. In September 1986, as a result of his benefaction, a manual-training department was established at Austin High School. John T. Allan High School was named for him and opened in 1900. In 1936, a memorial to Allan was erected at John T. Allan High School (now the Austin Community College Rio Grande campus) in remembrance of his vision and generosity.
Since The Allan House opened as an event center in 2000, it has garnered recognition as the top historic wedding venue Texas has to offer. It has been host to countless splendid weddings, receptions, anniversary parties, holiday celebrations, charity balls, and political fundraisers. The house is at its most beautiful when it is filled with the goodwill of people who are gathered to promote a worthy cause or celebrate a loved one’s good fortune and happiness. We are honored to be a part of the meaningful moments in our guests’ lives and strive to be an effortless part of the happy memories created here. Nothing could please us more than to become a part of your family’s tradition as your favorite location for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, baby showers, bridal showers, birthday parties, anniversaries, bar and bat mitzvahs, and other joyous occasions.