Then and Now

304 W. Fourth

Then: The Hollywood, 1979

PICH06017 (Courtesy of Austin History Center)

Now: The Ginger Man

Then and Now
Photo by Jana Birchum

Wrecking-Ball Ready: This 1912 warehouse (which housed the Ginger Man pub for 15 years) was recently approved for a "partial demolition" city permit. According to Austin Historic Preservation Officer Steve Sadowsky, that means that only the street facade must be preserved, to be incorporated into a Gables Residential high-rise planned for the site. (An application for complete demolition would have gone to the Historic Landmark Commission.) Due to the recession, the building still stands; meanwhile, the Ginger Man has moved around the corner, to 301 Lavaca. The pub's owners may use the old warehouse as a live-music venue until Gables moves forward. 

As the Hollywood, this building was among the district's pioneering entertainment venues.

400 Colorado

Then: Merchants Transfer warehouse, 1915

C00751 (Courtesy of Austin History Center)

Now: Truluck's

Then and Now
Photo by Jana Birchum

One Building, Many Lives: Since 1999, this signature warehouse at the corner of Fourth & Colorado has housed Truluck's, attracting seafood lovers to the district. But it began life around 1912 as the Merchants Transfer warehouse, where goods delivered via railroad were transferred to merchants' horse-drawn wagons. By the 1920s, it housed wholesale produce and poultry businesses, among other things. After 1927, it served the Piggly Wiggly grocery stores, then H-E-B until the 1940s. It next became a paper warehouse, until the early 1980s, when it was renovated to serve as offices for Schlotzsky's restaurants. The adaptability of the warehouse form is one strong argument made for preservation – and for a form-based zoning code.

214 W. Fourth

Then: Austin Mercantile Co., 1946

C05716 (Courtesy of Austin History Center)

Now: Fadó Irish Pub

Then and Now
Photo by Jana Birchum

The building now inhabited by Fadó Irish Pub – which sits between neighbors Halcyon to the west and Saba Blue Water Cafe, Cedar Street Court­yard, Péché, and Truluck's to the east – was originally a railroad freight warehouse for the Austin Mercantile Co. and later served Yellow Transit Freight Lines Inc.

201 Colorado

Then: J.M. Puryear's OK Garage, 1933

C05537 (Courtesy of Austin History Center)

Now: Austin Children's Museum

Then and Now
Photo by Jana Birchum

Recognize the Austin Children's Museum? Built in the 1920s, the warehouses at Colorado and Second were in use, at the time of this 1933 photo, as J.M. Puryear's OK Garage and, at far right, Sam Martin's hardware store.

310 Colorado

Then: Capital Spring & Brake Service, 1979

PICH06016 (Courtesy of Austin History Center)

Now: Imperia

Then and Now
Photo by Jana Birchum

Originally the Burkhalter Building, today Imperia restaurant, this warehouse was home to Capital Spring & Brake Service in this 1979 image.

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