Austin monuments are steeped in a history and mystique that's both southern colored and wholly original to Texas. Texas history is on one side proud and rugged, while on the other stately and ornate. The numerous historic buildings and monuments in Austin tell the story of a folk that braved and tamed the badlands to transform the city into the urban modern city that it's become.
Distinguished in the Nation's Register of Significant Places in 1970, the Texas State Capitol is a pretty domed building that is reminiscent of the state's white house, apart from that the State Capitol building is “sunset red” granite. The piece was completed in 1888 and was built in Renaissance Revival Style, based totally on 15th century Italian design. The structure is distinguished by symmetrical composition, round arches and rich elaborations. Outside walls are accented by baroque steel gates. In the 1990s, many restorations were performed to increase the size to accommodate guests, making the Texas State Capitol the largest state capital re gross sq footage, 2nd biggest only to the nation's capital. Interior restorations were completed to the tune of $98 million, and in 1997 the grounds were rebuilt and restored at a cost of $8 million. Everyone can take a tour, visit the Capitol Complicated Visitors Center, Capitol Gift Shop and Texas State History Museum.
Situated in Colorado Street in Austin, Texas, the Governor’s Mansion is an awesome piece to tour and get a feel of the history and culture of the city with its somewhat old-style ambiance. The facility has served as a home to every governor who has served Texas since the state's fifth. The Governor’s Mansion was designed by the well-recognized architect Abner Cook during 1865 and is one of Austin’s most classic and sublime structures. The house is well refitted with pieces of furniture, such as Sam Houston’s bed, and a considerable number of paintings and antiques from the old days. The house was constructed with the utilisation of bricks and wood material. During your visit to the facility, watch out for holes in the banister where Governor James Hogg punched in tacks to prevent his kids from sliding and fall down it. The tour is open to the general public daily which lasts for just about 20 minutes per tour. The villa is only open to visitors every Monday to Thursday with admission free.
Situated in the north part of downtown Austin, Mount Bonnell is named after the hack and infantryman who fought during the Texan war for independence, William Bonnell. The mount is a great area to visit to gain an improved view over the whole city of Austin. The monument stands 750 feet tall and is accessible through 100 high steps with great pretty perspectives of the city, the western hills and even the Colorado River. Public visits are allowed from 5am to 10pm daily and with no charge.
The Driskill Hotel
Designed in a Romanesque style with columns, archways and porches that look out onto the highways of downtown Austin, the Driskill is a 4 story hotel built in the 1880s by cattle baron Jesse Driskill. Guests of the Driskill Hotel have included the state lawmaking council while the Texas State Capitol was being built, among others, some of that has been reported to never have left. Latest Driskill Hotel guests have reported many strange things goings on and many individuals, including staff, assume the hotel to be haunted. If hauntings are of interest, ask to remain in Room 525, the room of the suicide brides. Currently the hotel is a superbly run five star hotel with great rooms, great dining at 1886 Cafe & Bakery and the 4-star Driskill Grill with chef Jonathan Gelman. The Driskill even offers live entertainment nightly, usually offering urban country, soul, jazz and blues performers.
Texas State Cemetery
Although not classed as historical buildings in Austin, the Texas State Cemetery is a historic site in its own right. Visitors taking a tour through the graveyard will note the burial place of many historical figures with scores of Confederate soldiers that make up much of Austin’s precious background.
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