Classic Doric columns characteristic of the Greek Revival style convey a sense of urban sophistication on the porch of the 1855 Neill-Cochran House Museum. Yet in the mid-19th century, this site was over two miles from Austin, a young city of around 1,000 inhabitants.
Austin had become the state capital in 1845 by a constitutional decree that required a statewide vote in five years to reaffirm its status. Following the election of 1850, the State of Texas began planning and building permanent government buildings, and by 1853 was in the midst of its first boom.
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