City Council approves contract to relocate historic Stagecoach Inn

Local preservation group raising funds for restoration

The Round Rock City Council approved a contract with Phoenix I Restoration and Construction for the relocation of the Old Stagecoach Inn at a regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8.

The relocation contract, funded through Hotel Occupancy Tax in the amount of $796,000, includes the relocation of the historic structure as well as stabilization once relocated to the planned Bathing Beach Park along Brushy Creek.  Phoenix I Restoration and Construction has extensive experience with the restoration of historic structures throughout the state, including the Fort Bend County Courthouse, Navarro County Courthouse and the Texas State Capitol.

The Old Stagecoach Inn was built between 1848 and 1853 to serve travelers along the historic Chisholm Trail, making it one of the oldest surviving buildings from Round Rock’s founding era. Buildings from this “pre-railroad” period were constructed by skilled builders using traditional techniques and materials.  Manufactured building materials would not become widely available until the railroad reached central Texas several decades later.  Few buildings remain from Round Rock’s “pre-railroad” era.

In February 2017, a feasibility study outlining relocation options for the Old Stagecoach Inn was presented to Council by preservation architecture firm, Architexas. The study provided insight on the process required to relocate the existing structure from its current location at 901 Round Rock Avenue to the planned Bathing Beach Park on Chisholm Trail, as necessitated by continued progress on the RM 620 Safety Improvement Project.

The relocation is currently anticipated to occur by June of this year. Round Rock Preservation is raising funds through a brick fundraiser in order to restore the Inn once it’s secured at the new site.

More information on the history of the Stagecoach Inn relocation project can be found online: https://www.roundrocktexas.gov/departments/planning-and-development-services/historic-preservation/stagecoach-inn/

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