The University of Texas Tower 110 Inner Campus Drive, Austin, Texas. Built from 1934-1937.  The Main Building (more commonly called The Tower) was originally built to serve as a library space with an eighteen-story dumbwaiter bringing book requests from floor to floor. This proved to be a very inefficient system and the dumbwaiter was later replaced with network and computer cabling. The building is now mainly administrative offices, but it holds onto its original intentions by housing a three-floor life sciences library and the Miriam Lutcher Stark Library of English Romanticist works. 

The University of Texas Tower

110 Inner Campus Drive, Austin, Texas.

Built from 1934-1937. 

The Main Building (more commonly called The Tower) was originally built to serve as a library space with an eighteen-story dumbwaiter bringing book requests from floor to floor. This proved to be a very inefficient system and the dumbwaiter was later replaced with network and computer cabling. The building is now mainly administrative offices, but it holds onto its original intentions by housing a three-floor life sciences library and the Miriam Lutcher Stark Library of English Romanticist works. 

The Alamo 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas. Built in 1724. The Alamo began as a Spanish Mission in the early 1700’s. It provided local indigenous people protection (and conversion, of course) from other hostile tribes. At one point in its history, The Alamo was used as a commercial warehouse, storing wholesale grocery items. The Battle of the Alamo served as a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Despite being a loss, it was the fuel for revenge afterwards that led to the defeat of the Mexican Army in 1836.

The Alamo

300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas.

Built in 1724.

The Alamo began as a Spanish Mission in the early 1700’s. It provided local indigenous people protection (and conversion, of course) from other hostile tribes. At one point in its history, The Alamo was used as a commercial warehouse, storing wholesale grocery items.

The Battle of the Alamo served as a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Despite being a loss, it was the fuel for revenge afterwards that led to the defeat of the Mexican Army in 1836.

Long Center for The Performing Arts 701 West Riverside Drive. Austin, Texas. Built in 1959, renovated and added to in 2008.  The original building in this spot was the Lester E. Palmer Auditorium, built in 1959. It still stands as the center's main venue with much of its design elements remaining.  The Long Center supports the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera and Ballet in its multiple performance and event spaces.

Long Center for The Performing Arts

701 West Riverside Drive. Austin, Texas.

Built in 1959, renovated and added to in 2008. 

The original building in this spot was the Lester E. Palmer Auditorium, built in 1959. It still stands as the center's main venue with much of its design elements remaining.  The Long Center supports the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera and Ballet in its multiple performance and event spaces.

Paramount Theater 713 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas. Built in 1915. Since its creation as the Gaiety Theater, the Paramount has hosted vaudeville, musicals, live stage productions, Hollywood-sized premiers, and, of course, movies. In the early-70's, downtown Austin was facing a slew of murder and crime that essentially closed down the streets after 5:30PM. Repairs at the Paramount stopped, and it was slated to shut down and become a Holiday Inn. Luckily the tides turned and the Paramount is thriving, screening over 100 films and hosting over 250 performances each year.

Paramount Theater

713 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas.

Built in 1915.

Since its creation as the Gaiety Theater, the Paramount has hosted vaudeville, musicals, live stage productions, Hollywood-sized premiers, and, of course, movies.

In the early-70's, downtown Austin was facing a slew of murder and crime that essentially closed down the streets after 5:30PM. Repairs at the Paramount stopped, and it was slated to shut down and become a Holiday Inn. Luckily the tides turned and the Paramount is thriving, screening over 100 films and hosting over 250 performances each year.

Texas State Capitol 1100 Congress Avenue. Austin, Texas. Built in 1888. The Texas State Capitol was built in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, designed by architect Elijah E. Meyers. A 75 million dollar expansion was added in 1993.  This building contains more floor space than any other state capitol (bigger in Texas and such.) Because of its beauty, there are laws in place that prohibit obstructing the view of the building. 

Texas State Capitol

1100 Congress Avenue. Austin, Texas.

Built in 1888.

The Texas State Capitol was built in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, designed by architect Elijah E. Meyers. A 75 million dollar expansion was added in 1993. 

This building contains more floor space than any other state capitol (bigger in Texas and such.) Because of its beauty, there are laws in place that prohibit obstructing the view of the building. 

The Driskill Hotel 604 Brazos Street, Austin, Texas. Built in 1886. The Driskill Hotel is the oldest operating hotel in Austin. It was conceived and funded (at a cost of $400,000) by Col. Jesse Driskill, a cattle baron, who aimed to build "the finest hotel south of St. Louis." The hotel is rumored to have been built with an entrance just for women so as to avoid the rough language used by the cattlemen in the lobby. A night, including meals, in The Driskill upon opening would have run $2.50 to $5.00, an unheard of sum for the location at the time.

The Driskill Hotel

604 Brazos Street, Austin, Texas.

Built in 1886.

The Driskill Hotel is the oldest operating hotel in Austin. It was conceived and funded (at a cost of $400,000) by Col. Jesse Driskill, a cattle baron, who aimed to build "the finest hotel south of St. Louis." The hotel is rumored to have been built with an entrance just for women so as to avoid the rough language used by the cattlemen in the lobby.

A night, including meals, in The Driskill upon opening would have run $2.50 to $5.00, an unheard of sum for the location at the time.