Inside Austin- Architecture

by Camellia Staab July. 19, 2018 375 views

Many moons ago (1931 to be exact) the city of Austin passed an ordinance not allowing any buildings being erected, to be taller than the State Capitol Building. The State Capitol building is 302.64 ft. in height, so any building being built needed to be at a maximum 200 ft in height and no exceptions! The reason behind this ordinance was so as to keep the visual presence of the State Capitol Building preserved. Until 1960 the only other building taller than the State Capitol was University of Texas Main Tower.

In 1962 some developers decided to go against the ordinance and build a high rise complex made up of 26 stories (approximately 261 ft in height) on the west side of the State Capitol Building. Many high powered and influential people were opposed to having this structure built so tall and so close to the Capitol building and some even went so far as to condemn the property. But the structure was erected (it took 4 years for it to be completed) and eventually many other high rises were constructed.

There are about 51 high rises in Austin at this time and more are being built. While the original ordinance of not having a building taller than the State Capitol Building was terminated, the State of Texas created a series of legal restrictions on constructions in order to preserve the visibility of the State Capitol Building.

Mixed within these high rise buildings there are many "iconic" buildings still standing that create the charm that goes along with "keep Austin weird."

515 ft tall

515 ft tall

Don't ask me to wash these windows.....not happening

Don't ask me to wash these windows.....not happening

424 ft tall

424 ft tall

Tall or short, big or small, glass or stone, they stand next to each other binging out each other's uniqueness and beauty.

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Andi Saw 3 years ago
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Camellia Staab Replied to Andi Saw 3 years ago

Looks like you have the same taste as Sigrid and I smile

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Camellia Staab Replied to Andi Saw 3 years ago

+1

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#19 - SOLD! grinning
I love the varities of buildings and you captured them well!
In Vienna is since a couple of years the discussion about highrising buildings nearby the old inner city. Some people are so sucked up with money, that they don't even care about the fact that the lable "world heritage" will be withdrawn.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 years ago

Sigrid I took a ton of pictures of #19. This angle, that corner, that side of the street. I would have loved to go in and look around. I think it is an amazing structure and very well kept.

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Antonio Gil 3 years ago

What a wonderful post Camellia. love the clarity of your pictures, and that old cinema (#12) made my day. Great work my friend

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years ago

Thank you sire ;)

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Sydney Solomon 3 years ago

Nice pixs of buildings. I am more impressed that you took the time to research Austin. Is that your hometown?

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Camellia Staab Replied to Sydney Solomon 3 years ago

Nope. Hometown for the last 30+ years has been Springfield, Illinois. Before that Chicago and before that Denver and before that......now I am aging myself ;)

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Sydney Solomon Replied to Camellia Staab 3 years ago

OK. however by comparison, your still a spring chicken. I've lived my whole life in the same city.

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Jay Boggess 3 years ago

Reminds me of my "glory daze" at UT in the 60's! Great series!!!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years ago

Thanks Jay. Good to see you smile

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Russell Smith 3 years ago

#29 I love the juxtaposition of the old and new in this shot this is not to say that I do not love the other shots because I do. There is something about old architecture that I love .

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Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 3 years ago

You and me both Russell. I see columns, balconies, stone and suddenly it is the most beautiful thing I have laid my eyes on smile

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