Henry Hirshfeld House and Cottage
The historic cottage and house, built in 1873 and 1885 respectively, served as the home to Henry and Jennie Hirshfeld and their eight children. Henry was one of many German immigrants to arrived to Austin in the mid-eighteenth century and he went on to become a prosperous merchant, helped in part by his marriage to Jennie whose family already enjoyed success in the same type of work. Henry also established the Austin National Bank and the first Jewish congregation in Austin with the construction of the Temple Beth Israel.
Backstory and Context
Hume, Gary L. and Marie Deacon. "Nomination Form: Henry Hirshfeld House and Cottage." National Register of Historic Places. nps.gov. April 13, 1973. Digital copy located at https://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/NR/pdfs/73001978/73001978.pdf.
Jordan, Terry G. German Seed in Texas Soil: Immigrant Farmers in Nineteenth-Century Texas. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1966.
Novak, Shonda. "Historical downtown Austin estate, home to a Victorian mansion, has a new owner." Statesman(Austin) May 17, 2018, Business sec. https://www.statesman.com/business/20180517/historicaldowntown-austin-estate-home-to-a-victorian-mansion-has-a-new-owner.
Leubke, Frederick C., ed. Ethnicity on the Plains. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1980.
The Hirshfeld Mansion, photo taken in 2007: By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2523150.
1887 Photo: Texas Historical Commission, located at https://texastimetravel.com/content/henry-hirshfeld-house-and-cottage
The Hirshfeld Cottage: By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2523150.