Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Aerial Views

A friend of mine, and fellow Master Gardener, was fortunate enough to enjoy a recent helicopter ride around the city of Austin.  She took some photos from the helicopter that she was kind enough to share with me.  

The Renaissance Revival style Texas State Capitol building was completed in 1888.  The sunset red granite of the Capitol Building has a distinct pinkish huge from the air.  The 22 acre Capitol grounds are expansive and park like with 17 monuments, some of which can be seen in the aerial view below.  The south facing, double driveway lined with trees leads the way to the front steps of the Capitol.

John W. Hargis Hall, named for the first African-American UT graduate, is the Undergraduate Admissions Center for the University of Texas.  Located on the southeast corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Red River, Hargis Hall is the first stop for prospective freshmen students.  The Italianate building was constructed in 1891 and purchased by UT 1925 for use as a men’s dormitory.  From the air, the spoke like pathways all lead to a large bronze bovine statue commissioned and donated by the Texas Wranglers and the Silver Spurs spirit groups. 

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