The People Have Spoken: Here are your icons

The results of our "Icon or Eyesore?" contest are in

Toy Joy: The most colorful building in the city.
Toy Joy: "The most colorful building in the city."

They said you couldn't define an icon, that its intangibility was intrinsic to its being. Well, nuts to that! Over the past few weeks, thousands of Austinites clicked through the Chronicle's "Icon or Eyesore?" contest, ultimately delivering the last word on what truly constitutes a city landmark. (And City Hall was nowhere to be found!)

And yet, a caveat: While the iconic preservation debate has come to focus specifically on small businesses (as opposed to hallowed grounds and public spaces), our initial offering of places included such technically unqualified Austin landmarks as Barton Springs and the Town Lake hike-and-bike trail. As a result, some reader-nominated icons are of the same grand nature. We've therefore tabulated three lists of results: one tabulating all entries, including the Chronicle's own seed entries (marked so*); one of solely business entries; and for the purists, one of just reader-submitted entries.

Peter Pan Mini Golf: Heard it was on top of an Indian grave site.
Peter Pan Mini Golf: "Heard it was on top of an Indian grave site."

The undisputed, all-entry champ is, unsurprisingly, Barton Springs, which scored a near-perfect 9.7 out of 10. Nipping at its heels, and first among all businesses, is the Broken Spoke on South Lamar. Third best sitewide, and the top reader-submitted entry, is Deep Eddy Pool. The top reader-submitted business is the Austin Motel and its ribald neon. Rounding out the reader-submission high end are the Hole in the Wall and Toy Joy.

Those readers who submitted the top two Web site submissions – Deep Eddy Pool and the Austin Motel – are splitting a psychedelic mind-blower of old Austin stems and seeds: Armadillo World Headquarters garb, 1992 and 1993 Austin Music Awards posters, a Viva Les Amis DVD, a wall hanging from the Hole in the Wall, Sound Exchange and Club Foot ephemera, and Austin Chronicle T-shirts. Do not lick the tie-dye, man.


Barton Springs: If you did not vote 10, the terrorists have already won.
Barton Springs: "If you did not vote 10, the terrorists have already won."

All entries

Barton Springs* 9.7

Broken Spoke* 8.9

Deep Eddy Pool 8.8

Austin Motel 8.6

Scholz Garten* 8.5

Hike-and-Bike Trail* 8.5

Threadgill's North* 8.3

Hole in the Wall 8.1

Toy Joy 8.0

Las Manitas* 7.7


All business entries

Broken Spoke* 8.9

Austin Motel 8.6

Scholz Garten* 8.5

Threadgill's North* 8.3

Hole in the Wall 8.1

Toy Joy 8.0

Las Manitas* 7.7

Kerbey Lane Cafe (original) 7.6

Dirty Martin's Place 7.4

Peter Pan Mini Golf 7.2


Reader-submitted entries

Austin Motel: Sign is a memorial to the hourly rate days.
Austin Motel: "Sign is a memorial to the hourly rate days."
Deep Eddy Pool 8.8

Austin Motel 8.6

Hole in the Wall 8.1

Toy Joy 8.0

Kerbey Lane Cafe (original) 7.6

Dirty Martin's Place 7.4

Peter Pan Mini Golf 7.2

Draught House 7.0

Avenue B Grocery 7.0

Jovita's 6.9

*Chronicle "seed" entries

Hole in the Wall: A lot of my brain cells were killed here.
Hole in the Wall: "A lot of my brain cells were killed here."

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