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1965, Edward Durell Stone and Fehr and Granger. 1122 Colorado St.

Towering over the west gate (hence its name) of the Texas State Capitol ( AU1), this residential high-rise is one of the few buildings designed by Stone in Texas and the first building of this type in Austin. The twenty-six-story reinforced-concrete building is clad with brown brick and has a brise soleil, a Stone signature, screening the parking levels of the third to ninth stories and the penthouse pool and patio on the upper two floors. Above the ninth story the building steps back slightly from its screened base. Full-height windows each with balconettes punctuate the evenly spaced ten-bay brick-faced vertical shaft. Built primarily to accommodate the residential needs of legislators, the building spawned the first capitol-view-corridor protective ordinance and curbed the development of high-rise buildings nearby. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in fall 2010 just shy of its fiftieth anniversary.

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Gerald Moorhead et al.
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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Westgate", [Austin, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/TX-01-AU5.

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