Congress Avenue south of Lady Bird Lake is known as South Congress, often abbreviated to SoCo, and is an increasingly popular shopping and rental district. It passes the historic Travis Heights neighborhood, the Texas School for the Deaf, and St. Edward's University as it passes south out of town.
In the first few decades of the 20th century, Congress Avenue reached its early zenith, illuminated by the bright lights of numerous theaters. By mid-century, downtown was in decline; the 1950s and 1960s saw extensive demolition and alterations of significant buildings on Congress Avenue.
Congress Avenue is considered the "Main Street of Texas" with leading views toward the Texas State Capitol, historic architecture and direct connections to both the natural and urban spaces of Austin. The street requires special attention and a variety of initiatives are underway to make Congress Avenue accessible for everyone.
Congress Avenue Historic District. Congress Avenue is Austin’s main street. It stretches from Lady Bird Lake to the Texas State Capitol, through the heart of Austin’s Central Business District.
Starting at East Sixth Street and Congress Avenue, take a walk on the west side of downtown, where Victorians built stately homes near the end of the 19th century. Along the way you'll explore changing architectural styles of the time, including Renaissance Revival, Greek Revival and Beaux Arts, plus a few early 20th century styles like Art Deco.
Texas's main street is Congress Avenue, beginning at the State Capitol ( AU1) and running south. The city's finest one-and two-story commercial buildings are at the northern and southernmost ends. In between, the city has encouraged much taller development during boom cycles that sometimes overshadows the humble beginnings of the street and ...
Not coincidentally, Congress was the most important street in Austin city life during the 19th century. Early structures along Congress Avenue included government buildings, hotels, saloons, retail stores and restaurants. By the late 1840s "The Avenue" formed a well-established business district.
The history of Congress Avenue. The section of Congress between Lady Bird Lake and the Capitol is part of the Congress Avenue Historic District.
Congress Avenue Historic District : Other Name: County: Travis : Address: Congress Ave. from 1st to 11th Sts. City: Austin : Date Listed: 8/11/1978 : Reference Number: 78002989 : Multiple Property Name: To SBR: Vicinity: No : Status: Listed : Date Removed from National Register: To NPS: Date Notified: Certified Local District: National Historic ...
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