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Even in daylight, it is easy to imagine Nancy Drew tiptoeing through this old house with her flashlight. But 20 years ago, when this house was known as The Chateau, it was the bright, immaculately decorated, vibrant home of Arthur Pope Watson, Jr. and Robert Wayne Garrett, a couple known for hosting Austin's most fabulous parties.

Click to learn the history and see photos of the Watson Chateau in the digital exhibit "To Liberate" at the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel (museum)



KUT radio interview and article: What's the story behind the abandoned house by Dell Medical School?

Sightlines article "1985 Watson House is out of site -- and running out of time" by Maria Akin

How did UT get the Watson Chateau?
"We Didn't Have to Ask Permission":UT's 1960s Hidden Gay Oasis

by Hartlyn Haynes

Watson Chateau on the Preservation Texas "10 Most Endangered Historic Places List 2022"

Watson Chateau -- Hiding in Plain Sight (scroll to page 14)

Watson Chateau on CBS Austin (video)

Austin LGBT Coalition on Aging/Memory Project

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