Yes, people in Austin are mad about dogs. I don't know of another city that loves its canines like we do. Here's an article on our dog culture.
The Outer Hall is square, painted blue, with ornamentation in white plaster. Opposite the door, a painting by the artist Ilya Repin, "Emperor Alexander III Receiving a Peasant Deputation in the Petrovsky Palace". Next a window a green wavy jasper mantelpiece of Kolyvan manufacture. On the mantle, an old French Empire style clock, with the figure of Apollo in a chariot, the movement by Maniere of Paris. The clock is accompanied by two candleabras in the same style.
Through a gilded door, with rich ornamentation, one enters the St. George Hall.