Best Southern Gothic Manse

The Charles Johnson House/American Legion Hall

The burly columns of the historic two-story Charles Johnson House frame a perfect party loggia from which to enjoy the sprawling lawn that tumbles down to Veterans Drive, just west of MoPac, along the banks of Lady Bird Lake. Built in the mid 19th century by Swedish immigrant Johnson, the stately mansion has housed American Legion Travis Post 76 since the group purchased the property in the Twenties. Keenly aware of the architectural jewel in their possession, Post 76 hosts all of the social and military honor events you'd associate with a veterans' group. Not only do they produce their own music series fundraisers to keep the old gal in tip-top shape and to support veterans' charities, they also offer this gorgeous piece of Austin history for rent for your next fiesta.

American Legion Travis Post 76
404 Atlanta St., 512/767-0788
www.travispost76.org/index.php?id=1

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