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Goodman Building (Cloak Room in Basement)

202 W. 13th St.

Goodman Building

The Cloak Room

This two-story brick Victorian structure located only a block from the Capitol grounds was constructed in the 1880s or early 1890s for Joseph Goodman, who operated a grocery in the building until 1924. Jacob Bickler's German and English Academy, an elite preparatory school, was on the upper floor for a short time in the early 1890s. Bickler was a teacher and school administrator who was born in Sobernheim, Germany, and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery. The Cloak Room bar has operated in the basement for decades. The building is a City of Austin Landmark, Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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