The Historic Alonso Building
The Historic Alonso offers an ideal destination and venue for any special occasion or event. Lovingly restored with a lush outdoor patio setting that provides the perfect backdrop for your cherished memories. Having the best of both worlds, Historic Alonso lends itself to combined indoor/outdoor gatherings. When you choose the Alonso, your special occasion is the star! We book the building for only one event at a time so your care and comfort can be our highest priority.
Whether you are planning a once in a lifetime wedding reception, Corporate Gala, social affair, or any special private event, the Alonso is a gorgeous setting and an ideal location where special memories are made! Open year round, the Alonso can be transformed into an intimate setting for as little as 30 guests or an over-the-top extravaganza affair for up to 200.
Spanish-born Manuel Alonso (1846-1922) constructed the one-story residence on this site in 1877 and added the two story mercantile building by 1890. His "Los Dos Canones" mercantile was a popular gathering place for local residents. French and Spanish influences are evident in the cast iron porch elements (probably from New Orleans), French windows and corbeled brickwork. The complex was again used as a fine goods mercantile from 1925 to 1944. The Alonso family retained ownership of the complex until 1944. The Gorgas Science Foundation renovated the dilapidated building and it served as the organization's headquarters until 2010 when the building donated to the Brownsville Historical Association.
The architecture of the Alonso Building is a prime example of the Creole influences that can be found throughout downtown Brownsville. From the tall ceilings to the lush courtyard, today the Alonso Building creates a breath-taking backdrop for exhibits, receptions and parties.
The Historic Alonso Building is open to the public for party rentals. From your next office party to your dream wedding, we've got you covered!