I believe the Hotel Van Zandt is also supposed to be around that height.
Legacy @ Town Lake could even a bit taller than that. EDI Architecture, the architect of Legacy @ Town Lake, has several other similar 31-story residential towers around Houston that are around 350 feet. Right now that'd be our 6th tallest just behind the Dobie Center.
This was kind of funny. I sort of sympathize with what he's saying.
From the Austin American-Statesman
COMMENTARY: JOHN KELSO
Look: Up in the sky: it's a bunch of yuppie Austonians
Friday, February 02, 2007
Second Congress Ltd. is laying a large egg by planning to put a new high-dollar 55-story condo tower at Second Street and Congress Avenue.
Don't these people realize that Perrier goes flat above 44 stories?
It's not just the height of this building — 22 stories higher than the Frost Bank Tower, the tallest building in town — that bothers me. Nor is it the price: units running from $500,000 to more than $1 million. Nor is it the tony amenities: resort-style pool, promenade sundeck, concierge service.
It's the name: The Austonian. Isn't that a bit too close to Bostonian? Since when did people who live in Austin become Austonians? Last I heard we were Austinites.
The Austonian. Noses are rising as we speak. Why would someone come up with such a pretentious tag?
"We felt like it portrayed what the building is going to stand for, and we thought that was a very strong name that sets off the stage that it is a very strong building with all the amenities and the array of people that it will hopefully entice," said Shannon Windham, of Gottesman Residential, the company selling the condos.
In other words, a bunch of yuppies sat around a big table to come up with this name while Starbucks shot out their noses.
The Austonian disturbs me because it could change the term we use to define Austin residents. On the other hand, it may be time for our city's inhabitants to get a new tag. With all the monied snoots moving in to fill up all these condos going up downtown, we have a brand-new class of people here.
So how do you tell an Austinite from an Austonian?
If you have Lone Star, you're an Austinite. If you have OnStar, you're an Austonian.
If you think it's OK to take your dog to a bar, you're an Austinite. If you think it's OK to take your dog to a bar in your purse, you're an Austonian.
If the Valle in your life is preceded by Del, you're an Austinite. If the valet in your life is parking your Acura and you own a piece of Dell, you're an Austonian.
If you call it I-35, you're an Austinite. If you call it THE I-35, you're an Austonian.
If you've got a beer koozie, you're an Austinite. If you've got a Jacuzzi, you're an Austonian.
If it bothered you when the 'Dillo closed, you're an Austinite. If it bothered you when that silly-looking Warehouse District bar called Oslo closed, you're an Austonian.
If you think it's acceptable to pay $3.25 for an order of tortilla chips and salsa, you're an Austonian. If you think the owner should be caned for charging anything at all for chips and salsa, you're an Austinite.