More than 150 years ago, Washington and Mary Hill commissioned master builder Abner Cook to build this notable Greek Revival home in Austin. Over the years, the property has served as home to the state’s first school for the blind, a lieutenant governor, and a hospital for Federal soldiers during Reconstruction. Learn more.
Each year, the Neill-Cochran House Museum welcomes thousands of heritage tourists from around the world and around the corner. Guests experience the museum in many different ways — group tours, educational programs, seminars and meetings, teas, art shows, or weddings. Learn more.
The Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum support programs, preservation, maintenance, and staff. Whether you take advantage of the variety of activities offered, volunteer as a docent, or simply believe in the importance of Texas history, your membership is crucial.
Did You Know?
The Neill-Cochran House is considered to be one of Austin’s three most important historic residences. Built in 1855 as a suburban estate, this impressive Greek Revival house has survived war, neglect, and the immense growth of the University of Texas area and the capital city.
Delivering Abner Cook’s eulogy, the Reverend Dr. R. K. Smoot said of him, “There is not a block on the Avenue or Sixth Street, the two great thoroughfares of the City, in which he has not owned property and constructed buildings… It came to be a saying in Austin that ‘Cook built the City.’”