One of Austin’s famous architectural landmarks is the University of Texas Tower. The 307-foot tall was built in 1937 as a library and rises 27 floors above the reading rooms. Today it mainly houses administrative offices, though the reading rooms are still in use.

The tower is one of those landmarks you can see for miles around. It’s easy to spot among the downtown buildings of the Austin skyline when driving in on the freeway. It would be fun to ascend to the top one day and see things from the other point of view. On a trip to the Texas Hill Country last year, we stopped by at night on our way back home. Like most college campuses, there were plenty of students moving about. You can always tell the tourists, as they are the ones looking up to the tower, while the “locals” go about their business.


The University of Texas Tower, Photo by Tim Stanley