Best of Austin 2010
Best Sign: Austin Motel
(Readers Poll, Architecture & Lodging)
"So Close Yet So Far Out." The landmark neon sign for the Austin Motel has appropriately marked the beginning of Austin's SoCo strip since Mom and Pop Stewart built the now-iconic mom-and-pop back in 1938. Equally beloved for its old-school American charm, the Austin Motel's ridiculously phallic sign or at least a Photoshop'd version of it was also used for the cover of Honky's 2005 album, Balls Out Inn.
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