Designed by internationally-known New York architect Edward Durell Stone in 1962, Westgate Tower sparked immediate controversy the moment its plans were revealed. One of Austin's first high-rise buildings, the 26-story building threatened to cut off the view of the State Capitol from the west, causing political dissension. Despite the opposition, the building was completed in 1966. Its construction inspired the new legislation which restricts similar view-blocking high rises and continues to find its way onto City Council agendas today.
Join us and architectural historian Charles Peveto of the Texas Historical Commission, Friends of Wooldridge Square, and Pease Park Conservancy among others and heritage interpreter Ted Eubanks of the Downtown Austin Alliance and Fermata.
Doors open at 2:00 PM and the talk begins at 2:30 PM. Complimentary refreshments provided. Seating is limited; while tickets are available at the door, we encourage patrons to RSVP. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for students with valid ID, and free for members of the Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum.
Parking is available free to patrons in the museum lot located off of 23rd street between San Gabriel and Leon.
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