The most amazing thing about the Driskill is that after all this time, it still stands. Col. Jesse Driskill shuttered its grand portals less than a year after it was first opened in 1886 (the reason: Suze Orman wasn't alive yet). Perhaps the closest Austin has since come to a "Driskill-less" Downtown was in 1969, when the building was a chicken's hair away from being demolished. But history-loving Austinites pooled their money and resources to rescue this structure. Needless to say, it's remained in our hearts as the iconic Downtown place to dance, imbibe, and sleep amid history.
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