O. Henry Hall

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U.S. Post Office and Federal Building
O. Henry Hall as it appeared in 2005
O. Henry Hall is located in Texas
O. Henry Hall
O. Henry Hall is located in the US
O. Henry Hall
Location 126 W. 6th St., Austin, Texas
Coordinates 30°16′7″N 97°44′36″W / 30.26861°N 97.74333°W / 30.26861; -97.74333Coordinates: 30°16′7″N 97°44′36″W / 30.26861°N 97.74333°W / 30.26861; -97.74333
Area 0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
Built 1881
Architect Unknown; Cook,Abner
Architectural style Renaissance
NRHP Reference # 70000771[1]
Added to NRHP August 25, 1970

O. Henry Hall, also or formerly known as the U.S. Post Office and Federal Building, is an historic building located at 601 Colorado Street in Austin, Texas. It is located within the Sixth Street Historic District in Downtown Austin.

The United States Court House and Post Office in Austin Texas in 1901.

It was completed in 1881 under the supervision of architect Abner Cook. The District Court met there from then until 1936. One of its most noted trials occurred in February 1898, when William Sidney Porter - the man who later became known under the pen name of O. Henry - was tried and convicted of embezzlement there.[2] After its acquisition by the University of Texas, it was renamed for the author, who had previously resided nearby in what is now officially called the William Sidney Porter House, but is better known as the O. Henry House.

It previously served as a post office and a courthouse for the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. It is currently owned by Texas State. The building was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1970.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Victoria Blake, ed., Selected Stories of O. Henry (2003), p. x.

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