The Big Pink Building in the Middle of the Downtown

Photo by DGilder via Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

Photo by DGilder via Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

While South Congress has become the uber-trendy part of the street,  drive north a few blocks you can’t help but miss the huge Renaissance Revival building otherwise known as the Texas State Capitol, a downtown Austin landmark since 1888. While everyone knows it is the seat of the Texas’ government, legislature and politics, few know about what the Capitol has to offer citizens. There are daily free tours of the largest capitol building in the country. The tours include information about the architecture, building history and some state history as well (for those of us who are little rusty from that junior high class). The tours run seven days a week, with a very open schedule. The tours will allow you to experience several informational exhibits with information about the secret places in the Capitol and the architectural details of its famous dome. If you are lucky, a visit to the Capitol might even get you a meal. People looking to wine and dine legislatures give free incentive food that the even the interns take part in. So if you can pass for an intern (or a senator) step in line!

Posted by Jill Harris

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4 responses to “The Big Pink Building in the Middle of the Downtown

  1. I love looking at the Capitol from campus, it’s an amazing view.

    I also love passing it on the drive down so-co!

  2. The view while driving down South Congress is an amazing view. I didn’t know what all that you get to see during the tour so now that I know, I really need to go! Thanks!

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