|Birth: ||Mar. 15, 1814|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 22, 1884|
Abner Cook was the son of William Cook ad Susanna Hill. In 1842, he married the widow, Eliza T. Logan, and they were the parents of four sons.
He was a carpenter, architect, and builder. He began his career near his home in Salisbury, North Carolina. At age21, he moved to Macon, Georgia, then to Nashville, Tennesee, and arrived Texas in 1839, settling in the frontier town of Austin.
Here, he and five others formed the First Presbyterian Church. This was the first church in Austin and Cook personally built its log structure.
His early work concentrated on building private homes and furniture. Throughout his career he would build large residences in Austin for many of its notable citizens. His most notable was the Texas Governor's Mansion. He is especially known for his designs during the 1850's of Greek Revival buildings, many of which remain to this day.
One of his later works was for Major Seth Mabry. This Italianate 2-story house was his largest residential project of the post-Civil War era.
He supervised the construction of the Texas State Penitentiary in Hunstville and was contractor for the woodwork on the 1852 Texas Capitol. His last major work was the construction of the a wing of the main building of the Univeristy of Texas.
Constance Cook (1850 - 1882)*
Constance Cook James (1874 - 1954)*
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Record added: Mar 21, 2010
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Added: Mar. 21, 2010