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Above: An aerial view of the not-quite-finished UT Tower in 1936. The clock faces haven’t been installed, and the scaffolding on the north side supports a crane to lift the Tower’s bells for the carillon at the top. Down below, on the left is the old Woman’s Building (used for the drama department by the 1930s and burned in the 1950s), and the newly opened Hogg Auditorium on the right.

“Aerial shot of the UT Tower, while still under construction,

In 1936, the Texas Capitol could easily be seen from any direction. The tallest buildings at the time were the Littlefield Building at 6th Street and Congress Avenue, and the Driskill and Stephen F. Austin hotels. Today, protected view corridors, including one from the UT Tower, ensure that the Capitol isn’t completely swallowed up by the growth of downtown Austin. (

Aerial view of the state capitol and surrounding neighborhoods. The view is looking south past the main fountain, South Mall and down University Avenue toward the capitol from the University of Texas Tower.

A moonlight tower beside a street that leads towards UT Tower. There are several cars and buildings further down the road.

A moonlight tower beside a street that leads towards UT Tower. There are several cars and buildings further down the road.

Looking out of the brand new Littlefield Building at 6th and Congress Ave. Taken in 1911.

Aerial view of Congress Avenue looking north from the Littlefield Building at and Congress.

UT Tower under construction in 1936  | Austin History Center

UT Tower under construction in 1936

A beautiful shot of 1968 Austin, looking North. Palmer Auditorium is the round building, and the Coliseum is on the left.

A beautiful shot of 1968 Austin, looking North. Palmer Auditorium is the round building, and the Coliseum is on the left.

Crazy to see Littlefield Fountain without The Tower

The Littlefield Fountain soon after construction, in front of the Old Main Building on UT campus,

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