our History

In 1883, Scottish immigrant John Allan built the Victorian mansion now known as The Allan House. Allan was an attorney, public servant, and philanthropist. Initially Allan’s residence, the house was later used as a girls’ school and boarding home. After Allan’s passing in 1888, he bequeathed the property to the City of Austin with a request that the city establish an industrial school.

In 1905, Thomas E. Thrasher purchased The Allan House from the school board and it became known as The Allan-Thrasher House.

During the 94 years that the house was owned by the Thrasher family, it was often host to relatives who came for holidays, to spend summers, and to live while attending The University of Texas. On December 31, 1999, Daniel and Vicki Ross purchased The Allan House.

Determined to restore the elegant building to its previous splendor, he oversaw a complete renovation that maintained the home’s historic beauty, while updating it with modern conveniences. The Ross' consider themselves to be stewards of the home and its history. They is ever mindful that The Allan House is now one of approximately one hundred houses in Austin that are 130 or more years old, a last vestige of times past, and an architecture disappearing among the towering buildings of downtown Austin.

We are proud to be a family-owned and operated business

Since The Allan House opened as an event venue in 2000, it has been host to thousands of weddings, corporate events and other celebrations. 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 with loved ones.

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