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The Badu House History

The Badu House was built in 1891 by the Austin architectural firm of Larramour and Watson. It was originally constructed to serve as the First National Bank of Llano, with office space on the second story. In March 1898, the bank became defunct and the building was sold to French native N.J. “Professor” Badu, a noted local mineralogist.

Professor Badu and his family made a home of the Badu House and the building was passed down for generations. Even until 1980, the Badu House was still owned by Mrs. Robert (Carrol) Phelan, granddaughter of Mr. Badu.

In 1980, Ann and Earl Ruff of Houston, Texas purchased the Badu House and restored it as a restaurant and country inn.

Throughout the last 20 years, the Badu House has had several different owners, but most often it was known as a lovely restaurant, bar and bed and breakfast.

Ted Lusher, a Llano county rancher and Austin businessman, purchased the Badu House in 2005 and a lengthy restoration leaves it in the pristine condition you will find it in today. Mr. Lusher is an avid art collector with many of his treasures displayed throughout the property. In the Spring of 2007, an extension of the Badu House will open (directly across Tarrant Street) and serve as an art gallery and banquet facility..


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