206 E. 6th St.
This highly ornate building predominantly reflects Renaissance Revival trends. Designed by architect Jasper Newton Preston, the building was acclaimed by the local press as an elegant contribution to the city, comparable to the Walter Tips Building on Congress Avenue. It is still one of Austin’s finest late 19th century Victorian commercial buildings. Although this building and the neighboring Jacoby-Pope Building were constructed around the same time, they represent two different trends occurring in Austin during the 1870s. The Jacoby-Pope Building is a simple commercial storefront, fairly typical of what was being built on East 6th Street and Congress Avenue during the period. The Hannig Building, on the other hand, is highly decorative, designed by a trained architect and built at a greater cost than most Austin businesses of the era.
Owner and German immigrant Joseph W. Hannig was the fifth husband of Susanna Dickinson, the “Messenger of the Alamo.” Their former home is located nearby at 411 E. 5th St., and is now known as the Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum. The Hannig Building is a City of Austin Landmark and contributes to the National Register-listed Sixth Street Historic District.