A new mobile guide to Austin architecture, from AIA Austin and the Austin Foundation for Architecture — Sightlines

To go with all of the socially distant urban walking you’ve been on, there’s a new mobile guide to Austin architecture from AIA Austin and the Austin Foundation for Architecture

The mobile-friendly website, the guide to architecture in Austin, sheds light on locations and spaces in the city with text about the architectural style and context, the history of a building, and contemporary and historical images, all curated by local architects.

The sights are bundled into walking tours, the first of which is Austin’s Main Street, a 1 mile (1.6 km) stretch on Congress Avenue from Ann W. Richards Bridge to the state capital. The tour illuminates 25 stations along the way.

“We’re excited to give people another tool they can use to explore Austin in person or virtually during these unusual times,” said Ingrid Spencer, executive director of AIA Austin and the Foundation.

“Austin’s main street” includes well-known historical buildings such as the Scarborough Building (1910) and the Norwood Tower (1929), but also the Elephant Room jazz club, which is located in the basement of the Swift Building from 1905, and the street terraces that have been built in recent years .

The tour is curated by Riley Triggs, an architect with the Texas Historical Commission, and Bud Franck, an architect with the award-winning Miró Rivera Architects.

Further hikes are in the works.

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