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