Austin attorney converting historic Brodie Homestead into venue

Oct 22, 2013
Austin Business Journal

Construction began last week on extensive renovations to the historic Brodie Homestead house and barn near Brodie Lane and Texas Highway 71 — a plot developers have been salivating over for decades

The two-property complex — surrounded mostly by a heavy concentration of retail stores — will become a special events venue, boutique offices and retail

The partnership behind the new concept includes Austin attorney Daniel Ross and his daughter Juliana

Though employment law is his vocation, historic preservation has been his avocation for years

In 1999, he bought the Allan House, an 1883 Victorian property at 1104 San Antonio Street, and restored it as special events center, as well as his professional offices

Daniel Ross finally closed on the property after being under contract with the original owners — a family partnership of the J.D. Weaver family — for two years. The past year has been spent with hammering out the design and obtaining city approvals

The Rosses plan to open next spring but haven’t booked any weddings or special events yet

While work on the 7,500-square-foot barn, extensive landscaping and ample parking is the first priority, reconstruction should begin soon on the homestead, which will house retail on the street level and offices on the second added floor. Ross would not say how much he will be investing in the property other than saying it’s “a lot.”

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