- August 16, 2017
Designed by internationally-known New York architect Edward Durell Stone in 1962, Westgate Tower sparked immediate controversy the moment its plans were revealed. One of Austin’s first high-rise buildings, the 26-story building threatened to cut off the view of the State Capitol from the west, causing political dissension. Despite the opposition, the building was completed in 1966. Its construction inspired the new legislation which restricts similar view-blocking high rises and continues to find its way onto City Council agendas today.
Join Charles Peveto and Ted Eubanks for an exploration at this building and its impact on our local history at the Neill-Cochran House Museum at 2:00 pm on April 8, 2018. Complimentary refreshments provided. Presentation begins at 2:30 pm.
Admission is $10 to the general public, $5 to students with valid ID, and free to members of the Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum. Space is limited; while tickets are available at the door, we encourage patrons to register online.
Parking is available free to patrons in the museum lot located off of 23rd street between San Gabriel and Leon.
About the Speakers
Charles Peveto has been an architectural historian at the Texas Historical Commission for many years. He is very active in the community in preservation and the arts and serves on several boards and committees including the Pease Park Conservancy, Austin History Center Association, Preservation Austin and Old Austin Neighborhood Association. Charles is Co-Chair, Friends of Wooldridge Square, and has been an advocate for a number of years in saving and restoring this historically significant cultural landscape.
Ted Lee Eubanks is a certified interpretive planner, heritage interpreter, and interpretive trainer. Ted is a widely published author and photographer, and he has spoken on the topics of heritage travel, sustainable travel, and preservation throughout the world. He is currently working for the Downtown Austin Alliance on an interpretive plan for Austin’s historic squares and Congress Avenue. Ted and his wife, Virginia, live in Austin’s Old Enfield neighborhood in a historic 1931 bungalow.