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Hotel San Jose

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1931; 2000, Lake/Flato Architects. 1316 S. Congress Ave.
  • (Photograph by Jason Coleman)

The major draw along S. Congress Avenue is Hotel San Jose, a remake of one of the once thriving automobile tourist courts that catered to visitors approaching the city from the south. The San Jose reinvented the tourist hotel into a trendy modern lodging facility. The minimalist approach to refurbishing and furnishing the rooms contrasts with well-designed landscaping that converted the parking lot into patios, pool, and private gardens, yet retaining the low-scaled, modestly built tourist-court rooms that once populated the fringes of urban areas along highways prior to the interstate system.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Hotel San Jose", [Austin, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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