Architecture & Lodging
1995 Readers Poll
1995 Critics Picks
Best Downtown Building (New)

Distinctive on the city skyline and below ground, too. The sunken plaza/park, replete with wall-length fountain and rushing water, is an oasis of serene pleasure in the hustle of downtown. Just bring your lunch, some pennies, and a head full of wishes.

Franklin Federal
111 Congress
512/477-5000

Best Downtown Building (Old)

This political palace is at the center of Austin, physically and spiritually, its most recognized symbol, the star in the Violet Crown. And the recently completed renovation has taken the Capitol back to its glory days.

Texas State Capitol
1100 Congress
512/305-8400
www.tspb.state.tx.us

Best Hotel/Motel

With its broad staircase, soothing piano bar, fab bronze cowboy sculpture, elegant 19th-century style, and its own ghost, you'll want to check in for a night even if you live in town.

The Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos
512/439-1234
www.driskillhotel.com

Best Indoor Mall

Even transplanted Jersey girls - chicks who know their malls - agree: Highland is buy-land, a shopper's paradise where, in about an hour or less, you can exponentially expand every aspect of your life while waiting for those new glasses to be ground so you can better see the great stuff you bought.

Best Landscaping

How big is this place anyway? And how do they keep it as green as Ireland despite the heat, and as trimmed and perky as Jack La Lanne despite the constant foot traffic? We don't know, but we sure do dig it.

Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Rd.
512/477-8672
www.zilkergarden.org

Best Motel

All post-prom and no-place to go? Westlake attitude, South Austin budget? Want the in-laws closer than Oklahoma but further than the pull-out sofa? Call Mo-Six for a quick fix.

Motel 6
5330 N. I-35
512/467-9111
www.motel6.com

Best Mural/Graffiti

Jimmy Cliff still reigns supreme, a tribute to the city's love of Carlos Lowry's massive masterpiece, maintained intact by the good folks who turned the Varsity into a Tower.

Varsity Mural
2402 Guadalupe

Best Neon

The moving cows at the Sixth Street location really wow 'em, but don't miss the new art at the latest location on Guadalupe.

Amy's Ice Creams
1012 W. Sixth, 512/480-0673
3500 Guadalupe, 512/458-6895
2805 Bee Caves Rd. #416, 512/328-2697
10000 Research #140, 512/345-1006
ABIA: Amy's Ice Creams, 3600 Presidential Blvd. #20, 512/530-2918
1301 S. Congress, 512/440-7488
4477 S. Lamar #790, 512/891-0573
13265 Hwy. 183 N., 512/918-2697
5624 Burnet Rd., 512/538-2697
9600 S. I-35 Ste. 400-C, 512/282-2697
13420 Galleria Cir. Ste. 140-A, 512/263-2903
2901 S. Lamar, 512/447-2697
www.amysicecreams.com

Best Public Artwork

A local hero, cast heroically, large as the big life he led. Not a day goes by that Stevie isn't holding a new bunch of flowers, a fingerful of picks, or a note of appreciation brought by fans the world over.

Town Lake Hike & Bike Trail, SW corner of First St. Bridge

Best Romantic Spot

Better than a sonnet. Cheaper than a bottle of wine. Quicker to get to than the ocean. Want to win somebody's heart? Take them here to see a sunset; you won't have to say a word.

Mount Bonnell at Covert Park
3851 Mount Bonnell Dr.
512/974-6700

 
1995 Intro
Readers: Arts & Culture

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