AUSTIN TX
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..Bruce Kliewe, 2010...ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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............................................Legislative Library.........................................................Photo shoot
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.............................OK, folks...that's enough pictures...you're all under arrest
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Time for one more shot
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................................................................................................................................................................OK, no ones looking...grab the picture and let's get outta here
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I walk out the main door to meet the tour group.  But there's no group.  Only two women are there.  One has a folder in her hand, so I'm assuming Mary is our tour guide.  Margaret is the only other person to show up --so far.
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Nope.  Guess we're it.  A nice personalized tour.  Margaret and her husband have moved from Minnesota to Austin, so she's anxious to learn about her new home.  Mary is a native.
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This tour is about the Bremond Block.  A block of Victorian houses Mr. Bremond had constructed back in the 1800's.  Mary quickly corrects our pronounciation...it's Brey-mond, very French sounding --and aristocratic.
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Looking down the same street we're on
There was a great fire in the 1800's
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.This person may not know she's sitting in a river....................
Bremond originally had these lights installed to keep all his property illuminated at night...
especially to keep track of all the comings and goings at his various houses
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.....................................A photo of John Bremond Jr. --and Mary
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The Hale Houston house was built before 1860 and later was the home of the son-in-law of John Bremond, Jr. The B. J. Smith house at 610 Guadalupe dates from the 1850s. Both houses are nicely proportioned, one-story Texas examples of the Greek Revival style with full-width front porches. Both have later additions to the rear.
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The Walter Bremond house, on the corner of San Antonio and West Eighth, was originally a one-story limestone building but was given a 1½-story addition in 1887 with a wide second-story balcony and a crested mansard roof in the Second Empire style. Its next-door neighbor, the Catherine Robinson house, was owned by Eugene Bremond's sister, Pauline Bremond Robinson, then by her daughter Catherine. It was begun before 1860 and enlarged sometime between 1870 and 1890 by the addition of a Classical Revival two-story front gallery.
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...................................North-Evans Château
...........................(click above on History link)
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.......................................................North cottage
.Revealing the overall depth of some of these houses..................................HISTORY
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............................................................................................................................................Pierre Bremond House
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.Eugene Bremond House
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...............................................................................................Step right up.................................out of one's carriage...the curb being the proper height
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Phillips-Bremond-Houston House
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Now being used for other purposes, it's likely these houses will continue to be preserved...though being encroached upon
xxxxThe tour over, I'm walking back to Congress Ave.  I'm now heading for Zilker Park across the Colorado River
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.......................As I approach this building it looks flat................................................................................Then from this angle it's a different story
.......That is it only looked like a facade with having no depth to it.................................................................................That's a sunflare
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.....................................................................................................Across the Colorado
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ZILKER PARK
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