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An interview with Ida Smith Austin

As published in the July 2010 issue of The Islander Magazine.


Sitting stately for the past century and a half on the corner of Market and 15th streets, The Austin House, with its double galleries and dual entries, pays homage to the at-one-time-equally important thoroughfares it faces. It is one of those iconic structures where tourists and residents alike stop to point and shoot every day. The home was already over 30 years old when Ida Smith Austin came to live in it and became its loving steward through the turn of the century and the Great Depression.

The Austin House (Oak Lawn) c. 1936

The Austin House (Oak Lawn) c. 1936

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