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1325 E. Washington St. Brownsville, Texas 78520

1 (956) 541-5560

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EST. 1877

Brownsville’s Unique Historic Venue For Your Memorable Events.

510 E. Saint Charles Street

Brownsville, Texas 78520


Historic Alonso Building Rental Rates


Monday - Thursday

First Hour: $150.00

Additional Hour: $100.00

Friday - Sunday

First Hour: $350.00

Additional Hour: $150.00


Monday - Thursday

Any four (4) hour rental between the hours of 5pm - 12am is $900.00

Friday - Sunday

Any four (4) hour rental between the hours of 5pm - 12am is $1600.00

The Historic Alonso offers an ideal destination and venue for any special occasion or event. Lovingly restored with a lush outdoor patio set 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 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 was 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!

The following conditions apply:

  • All Alonso rentals must pay a $100.00 cleaning fee.
  • All evening and weekend rentals require a $500.00 deposit to hold their reservation.
  • An additional $300 per hour is charged for each additional hour beyond contracted rental time.

Use of sound system, podium, and projector system require an additional fee of $200.00.

A non-profit rental rate is available, please contact the Executive Director.

Included in the rental fee are as follows:

  • The use of the Main Hall and Courtyard, including restrooms and prep area for caterers.
  • Cleaning and preparation of the building (indoors and out) for the event.
  • Building furniture, including the use of plants, the fountain and track lighting.

Linens and decorations are not provided in the rental fee.

Alonso Building Rental Agreement

For more information contact the Alonso Building at 956-372-1515.

For more information on pricing and availablity, check out the rental page!

Want to see more decorating ideas? Check out our Alonso Album on Facebook!

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

CLOSED Sunday & Monday


1325 E. Washington Street , Brownsville, Texas 78520

1 (956) 541-5560

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

CLOSED Sunday & Monday


1325 E. Washington Street, Brownsville, Texas 78520

1 (956) 541-5560 


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