Austin City Hall (Austin, Texas)

Coordinates: 30°15′54″N 97°44′50″W / 30.2649°N 97.7472°W / 30.2649; -97.7472
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Austin City Hall
Austin City Hall
General information
TypeMunicipal government
Location301 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701
Coordinates30°15′54″N 97°44′50″W / 30.2649°N 97.7472°W / 30.2649; -97.7472
Completed2004 (2004)
Design and construction

Austin City Hall is the seat of Austin municipal government, located at 301 W 2nd St in downtown Austin, Texas (USA). The current building was completed in 2004. It is the meeting place for the Austin City Council.


The current building was designed by Antoine Predock and Cotera + Reed Architects, which was intended to reflect what The Dallas Morning News referred to as a “crazy-quilt vitality, that embraces everything from country music to environmental protests and high-tech swagger.”[1] The new city hall, built from recycled materials, has solar panels in its garage.[2]


Austin formerly operated its City Hall at 124 West 8th Street.[3] In the 1980s, the City of Austin proposed a 60-acre urban renewal project for Austin's Warehouse District,[4] which would have included a new city hall complex designed by urban planner Denise Scott Brown, along with a new location for the Laguna Gloria art museum, designed by architect Robert Venturi.[5] In 1987, partially in response to the Savings and Loan Crisis, the plans were shelved when the property was foreclosed upon.[6]

In 1999, Mayor Kirk Watson and the Austin City Council approved a $10.4 million tax incentive for the Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) to construct a three-building complex on the same site slated for the failed city hall complex, under the stipulation that CSC funded the construction of a new city hall.[7] The first two buildings (now home to Silicon Labs) were constructed before CSC vacated the premises before following through with the construction of the city hall building.[8]

In November 2004, the Austin City Hall officially opened in its current building at 301 W 2nd St.[9]


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  2. ^ Witt, Howard (September 28, 2007). "In heart of Texas, drumbeat for green". Chicago Tribune.
  3. ^ "Availability of FEIS" (PDF). Fort Worth District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 9, 2009. Retrieved December 29, 2008.
  4. ^ McCullar, Michael (June 7, 1986). "3 buildings, 3 designers, and 1 project". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Tyson, Kim (April 19, 1984). "Redevelopment proposal for warehouse district". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  6. ^ Tyson, Kim (October 13, 1987). "Republic Plaza foreclosure posted". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  7. ^ Yetmen, Canan (July 20, 2016). "Pygmalion City". Texas Architect. Retrieved October 22, 2022.
  8. ^ Smith, Amy (July 6, 2001). "Isn't It FABulous?". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved October 22, 2022.
  9. ^ "Austin City Hall". City of Austin. Retrieved December 29, 2008.

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