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2010 › Critics › Architecture & Lodging

Best Blue Hues Renewed: Mueller Air Traffic Control Tower

Best Blue Hues Renewed: Mueller Air Traffic Control Tower
PHOTO BY Shelley Hiam

Her flared top makes us think of Cybill Shepherd in the late Sixties, on her back at a slumber party, kicking up a bell-bottomed leg to Jack LaLanne on TV. The Robert Mueller Airport Air Traffic Control Tower is nothing if not nostalgic. Christened along with the rest of the then-updated terminal in 1961 by one LBJ himself, the tower earned accolades from architectural Mad Men-types of the era. We're tickled teal and turquoise to learn that the Mueller Development powers-that-be intend to preserve the old gal and even restore her to the multihued range of blues of her first unveiling. What will she become? No decision has yet been made. But as far as we're concerned, "treasured landmark" is a great place to start.

Robert Mueller Airport
3600 Manor Rd., 512/530-4000
www.cityofaustin.org/mueller/default.htm

Catellus Austin
4550 Mueller Blvd., 512/703-9200
www.catellus.com

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