Dorbandt House

Bluebonnet House (mid-19th century)

4554 N. US Highway 281
Marble Falls, Burnet County

Built in the mid-19th century, this two-story limestone vernacular house is one of the most photographed houses in Texas. Fields of bluebonnets surround this important early Texas house which is suffering from the ravages of time. The historic context of this house is also being lost as surrounding fields are developed for commercial and industrial purposes.


Documentation and development of a preservation plan for the house, studied in context with other limestone structures in the region, will provide a direction for the future of this landmark on Highway 281.  Through the hard work of preservationists in Texas, the house will one day bloom again as proudly as the bluebonnets that surround it.