Remember the Alamo?

Vanishing Austin_Remember the Alamo by Jann Alexander © 2014

Remember the Alamo? Not the one that began its life in San Antonio, Texas, and made famous by a battle, but the one in Austin, that began life as the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Continue reading

Here’s to Halcyon Days Ahead for Legal Vices

Those Halcyon Days by Jann Alexander © 2014

Some of Austin’s towers are getting pretty overtowering, but locally-owned Halcyon is holding its own against Austin’s first real tower, the Frost Bank Tower. Downtown Coffee Shop, Bar & Lounge, Halcyon Suits Any Occasion http://t.co/pg5AS7r348 — the Austinot (@theAustinot) February … Continue reading

Where oh where will the Warehouse go?

Noodlin' Around the Warehouses ©Jann Alexander / VanishingAustin.com

The freight lines brought the low-brick industrial warehouses that once dominated Austin from I-35 to MoPac, and in the early 20th century, the building known locally as the Spaghetti Warehouse was part of a busy commercial district, warehousing groceries. Reincarnated as a … Continue reading

Take It Easy

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There’s a ghostly story they like to tell about Speakeasy, in Austin’s Warehouse District: Ghosts have haunted its historic home in the Kreisel building since July 1916, when a fire trapped a fireman and two women in its antique elevator (now … Continue reading

Commentary on Cranes and Their Creations

Vanishing Austin_Tiny Bar, Tall Tower by Jann Alexander © 2013

The building cranes loom everywhere in Austin, giving us an unusual skyline these days. It’s hard to avoid casting them as characters in my Vanishing Austin photographs. When the snake that graces the east side of Ranch 616 seemed to have … Continue reading