Best Architectural Botox

1700 Block of South Congress

When you play host to the hippest party of every month (First Thursday), you want to look your best. Unfortunately, the 1700 block of the avenue was beginning to look a little … well, worn. Not that its history isn't part of its charm, but we all like to look our best. So the block – home of Texas French Bread, Lambert's American Kitchen, Camera Co/op, Mi Casa II, Gossip, Gallery Soco, and Hairy Situations – got the architectural equivalent of a Botox shot in the brow. Architect Ron Bassquette, the man behind the plans for neighboring Jo's Hot Coffee created an art-deco-style façade. A clean, sandy tan-toned and bright, terra cotta expanse has erased all the worry lines that prematurely age a brow (or street). Not major surgery, but a simple shot to take years off and leave one feeling up to a party.

Ron bassquette, 444-7360

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