Visitors Can Learn About the History and Architecture of this Hip Strip Right on Their Smartphones
The Austin Chapter of American Institute of Architects is hosting an audio tour of Congress Avenue on the Geotourist app. The tour celebrates the historic heritage, the architectural diversity and the cultural revival of Congress Street.
Congress Avenue is Austin’s main business thoroughfare that cuts through the center of town from the Texas State Capitol down to the Colorado River. South of Lady Bird Lake, South Congress Avenue, or SoCo, as locally known, has become a hip destination with eclectic shops, restaurants, music venues, art galleries and boutique hotels.
The GPS-guided audio tour starts at the Texas State Capitol, continues down to the Contemporary Austin, the City’s museum of art. After a stop at the Paramount Theater the tour crosses the Colorado River to SoCo for an architectural tour of iconic and contemporary boutique hotels. The tour features award winning renovations by architecture firms that are members of the AIA.
Visitors can listen to the sites’ stories right on their smartphones based on their GPS location. They can share their favorites and leave comments.