Historic Home of the Month
Professor William J. Hancock built this house in 1852 on land across from the Bastrop Academy, later known as the Military Institute, where he served as headmaster. In 1857, Col. Robert T.P. Allen became headmaster of the Military Institute and he and his wife, Julia, purchased the house for their residence. Governor Sam Houston frequently visited the institute where his sons were enrolled as cadets.
After the Civil War, the house passed through five ownerships. There was a large-scale renovation of the façade, adding front and side bay windows and a side porch on the north side. It included “gingerbread” porch valances and enhanced window jambs and cornices. In 1995, a master bedroom suite was added.
In 2006, the current owner (#6) started the complete renovation of the interior and exterior of the house and which is in keeping with the historic period architecture. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark.