Step inside Wish Well House, its stunning high ceilings, original hardwood floors, natural light warmly streaming through the two stories of windows and what you’ll find is that, behind all the beauty around you, is quite the history.
1920 was the date. And Sheriff Lee O. Allen was the man behind the building, constructing the then, 8 room home, into a refuge for his growing family. Sheriff Allen, one of the counties first, was in the midst of helping the future Governor of Texas, Dan Moody, investigate the Ku Klux Klan in what would eventually help bring the downfall of the Klan in the State of Texas.
Sheriff Allen moved on, eventually becoming the Sheriff for Travis County. Leaving the home to his son, he would transform the Prairie Style mansion into overnight accommodations, dubbing it, The Texas Hotel. The hotel would then be sold to the Dixon Family in the 40’s. Coco, the matriarch, and her family would add onto the rear of the house to make more rooms for the hotel, bringing the total rooms to 15.
Upstairs in what are now the sophisticated bride and groom’s quarters were 2 of the original Texas Hotel rooms. The original pine floors and windows look out onto the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas, just as they did so long ago.
Back downstairs, in what is now the reception hall, stood a single story building that was used as the washhouse for the hotel. Coco and her helpers would do the laundry and make preparations for the day’s guests here.
Coco would eventually shut the hotel down and pass the spectacular property onto her nephew who had begun his own legal career, setting up the Bryce Law firm that would remain until it started its new chapter as the Wish Well House.