You are here
Austin State Hospital Administration Building (State Lunatic Asylum)
The State Lunatic Asylum was the first state-owned hospital in Texas, established in the same year as the Blind School and the Deaf and Dumb Asylum. Once far removed from the city, the asylum now sits on its several acres surrounded by 1950s-era suburbs. Its parklike setting was an asset to patient treatment and an attraction to Austin citizens for holiday gatherings when there were few other city parks. The first portion of the raised three-story building was constructed in 1857 in Italianate style; additions in 1879 and 1893 are more Classical Revival in emphasis. The hexastyle classical facade was added to the central pavilion in 1904. The building has been adapted throughout its continued use, but the exterior reflects its 1904 appearance.
If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.
SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.