Justin Nevill

Architectural Engineering Student at The University of Texas at Austin

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Austin Art Deco Bicycle Tour

When I began thinking of what kind of building should be built in Austin, I became convinced that Austin needs an Art Deco high rise to tie Austin's modern development to its historic architecture.

I had only ever appreciated these buildings in passing and decided to take a brief bicycle tour on a February day when the weather was unseasonably wonderful. If you have not seen these buildings in person, it is worth noting that the camera on my cell phone cannot do justice to this architecture. I have not included images of all the buildings I visited, but have added a list below.

I also visited the Austin Daily Tribute Building (Art Moderne) and the Norwood tower (Gothic Revival) which, while not Art-Deco, are equally qualified as historic pieces of architecture that I would not mind seeing emulated in other buildings in Austin.

Austin Art Deco (etc.) Buildings

  • Texas Memorial Museum (1939)
    • 2400 Trinity Street
  • Dewitt C. Greer State Highway Building (1933)
    • 221 East 11th Street
  • Travis County Courhouse (1931)
    • 1000 Guadalupe Street
  • Austin Daily Tribute Building (1941)
    • 920 Colorado Stree
    • Now the Ernest O. Thompson State Office Building
    • Art Moderne
  • U.S. Federal Courthouse (1936)
    • 200 West 8th Street
  • Austin Municipal Building (1938)
    • 124 West 8th Street
  • Brown Building (1938)
    • 710 Colorado Street
  • Norwood Tower (1939)
    • 114 West 7th Street
    • Gothic Revival
  • Scarbrough (1931)
    • 522 Congress Avenue
  • Seaholm Power Plant and Intake (1951/1955)
    • 800 West Cesar Chavez
    • Currently being redeveloped but the building shells are expected to remain