World renown as the live music capital of the world and an artsy town, Austin is also the Texas capital. A very interesting city of a juxtaposition of old and ultramodern architecture.
After moving to Texas after hurricane Maria, we traveled to Austin for a book fair that was happening around this gorgeous building, the Texas Capitol Building.
The city of Austin, originally the city of Waterloo, became the capital of the Republic of Texas in 1839.
The Texas Capitol is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most distinguished state capitols. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986. This gorgeous building was inaugurated in May 1888 and is crowned with the Goddess of Liberty.
I found interesting that on 1983 a fire broke out that almost destroyed the Capitol. The heroic efforts of Austin firefighters prevented the complete destruction of the Capitol. Shortly after, the Texas State Preservation Board was created to restore, preserve and maintain the Capitol and its Grounds.
As a curious note, the Texas Capitol does stand 14.64 feet taller the nation’s Capitol in Washington D.C.
If you want to come and do some street photography in Austin give me a call and we will go together.
As you approach the city you are quickly taken by its elegant ultra-modern buildings. Then when you explore the heart of the city you will be drawn by the juxtaposition of that ultra-modern architecture, characterized by clean lines of glass and metal with the historical brick buildings characterized by its complex textures.