John and Mary Robinson moved into the home at 3704 Kerbey Lane in 1972, shortly before their wedding. It was their first home together as a newlywed couple, and for that reason will always hold a special place in Mary's heart. "It was the first place we established our independence as a married couple," Mary told us. John and Mary lived in the home for one year before being notified by their landlord that they would need to move, as the home was being turned into a restaurant (Café Camille).
John and Mary Robinson on their wedding day.
May 20, 1972
The couple held their wedding reception in the front yard of 3704 Kerbey Lane. Mary reminisced, "We had a sweet little hippie wedding in the Japanese tea garden at Zilker Park and the reception, of about 25 people, was held at the home."
When asked about her fondest memories at the Kerbey Lane house, Mary responded, "I have some funny memories of living there. For our honeymoon we had decided to go camping in Colorado, but we didn’t have a tent. I bought a kit to make one using my own sewing machine." Mary sat in the living room for many hours on her sewing machine making that tent.
Another fond memory Mary shared was of her and John's first children who lived in the home with them--an Irish Setter named Hillary (after Sir Edmund Hillary) and a Dalmatian named Poco. "They were partners in crime," Mary said jokingly.