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The Coolest Buildings In Texas

Picture of Aubrey Cofield
Updated: 29 November 2016
Whether it was built in the 1700s or it’s a new sustainable building constructed in recent years, Texas is home to a great deal of beautiful architecture. Here’s some of the most notable buildings in the state.

The Texas Capitol Building
Building
Texas State Capitol

The Texas State Capitol | © Aubrey Cofield / Flickr

The Texas Capitol Building

The Texas Capitol Building is the sixth tallest state capitol building, taller than the United States Capitol. The building was constructed in the late 1800s and a 75 million dollar underground extension was added in 1993. The exterior is currently undergoing renovations for improvement and is a must-see when traveling to Texas.

The Texas Capitol Building, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX, USA 

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Mon - Fri:
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly, Accessible (Wheelchair)

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Photo Opportunity

Frost Bank Tower Austin
Building
Frost Bank Tower |©Kumar Appaiah/Flickr

Frost Bank Tower | ©Kumar Appaiah/Flickr

Frost Bank Tower Austin

Austin’s Frost Bank Tower is the 3rd tallest in the city with one of the most unique designs; its modern style with distinctive cuts make this building stand out from the rest of Austin’s skyscrapers. Designed by Duda/Paine Architects and HKS, Inc. the blue colored glass is the same used in the Reuters Building in New York City.

Frost Bank Tower Austin, 401 Congress Ave Austin, TX, USA

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Mission San Jose
Church
Mission San Jose

Mission San Jose | © Katie Haugland/Flickr

Mission San Jose

Mission San Jose is considered the ‘queen’ of all the San Antonio missions. It was once the heart of a thriving Spanish community established in the early 1700s, when the church’s beauty attracted people from all over –a tourist trend that continues today.

Mission San Jose, 701 E Pyron Ave, San Antonio, TX, USA

Mission San Jose © Katie Haugland/Flickr

Mission San Jose © Katie Haugland/Flickr | © Katie Haugland/Flickr

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The Alamo
Building, Museum
The Alamo © Stuart Seeger/Flickr

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo

The Alamo represents Texas’ independence from Mexico and is now a significant National Historic Landmark. The historical mission is today fairly similar to the original. The walls and buildings around it were built later in the mid-1900s but the actual Alamo building was restored with the original limestone exterior and transformed into a museum. Great care is still taken in order to preserve the building for years to come.

The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX, USA

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Sun:
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Mon:
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tue:
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wed:
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thu:
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Fri:
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Reunion Tower
Building
Reunion Tower

Reunion Tower | © Ron Jones/Flickr

Reunion Tower

The Reunion Tower in Dallas was built in 1978 and now stands out as the most prominent building in the city. Its globe at the top of the building holds 259 custom LED lights that illuminate with different colors and patterns, often reflecting a special event or holiday.

Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd E, Dallas, TX, USA

Reunion Tower © Ron Jones/Flickr

Reunion Tower © Ron Jones/Flickr | © Ron Jones/Flickr

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Sun:
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon:
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue:
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wed:
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thu:
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri:
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:
10:30 am - 10:00 pm

The Bishop's Palace
Building
The Bishop's Palace is a Victorian-style castle in Galveston

The Bishop's Palace is a Victorian-style castle in Galveston | © Texasbubba / Flickr

The Bishop’s Palace

One of the most beautiful homes in Galveston is Bishop’s Palace built in the early 1890s for local lawyer Walter Gresham and his wife Josephine Gresham. The house has withstood a hurricane and several severe weather patterns. It later became the residence of the Bishop of the Catholic Docese of Galveston, Christopher E. Byrne. The house is now owned by the Galveston Historical Foundation. You can take private tours and admire everything about the house from the stained glass windows to the intricate carvings made when the house was first built.

The Bishop’s Palace, 1402 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX, USA

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Sun - Fri:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - None:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
+-4

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Touristy, Photo Opportunity

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Thom Mayne, a winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate designed the astoundingly beautiful Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The building is cube-shaped with the idea of bringing together the building and the environment. It’s a prime example of sustainability with a full acre of green-landscaped roof that hosts native grasses and plants that will thrive in the Texas climate over time.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N Field St, Dallas, TX, USA 


Kimbell Art Museum
Art Museum
The Kimbell Art Museum has a permanent collection of 350 pieces of art

The Kimbell Art Museum has a permanent collection of 350 pieces of art | Courtesy of Visit Fort Worth

Kimbell Art Museum

The Kimbell Art Museum uses natural light to properly exhibit the works of art, as intended by Architect Louis Kahn who designed the museum who wanted light to play a large role in the exhibition process. The architect was also inspired by Roman architecture and built the concrete structure with arches and white oak.

The Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX, USA

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Sun - None:
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Thu:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - None:
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat - None:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair), Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Free, Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Quiet