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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