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Buford Tower

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Identification

Buford Tower
Fireman's Practice Tower, 1st Street Training Tower
243156

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Structure in General

clock/bell tower
existing [completed]

Facts

  • In 1978 the tower was renamed in honor of Austin fire-fighter Captain James L. Buford who drowned trying to save a young boy in Shoal Creek.
  • The tower was originally used as a fireman's practice tower. Today the tower is closed to the public.
  • The top of the tower has a bell that chimes on the hour.
  • The tower was in use from 1931 to 1978 when the city constructed a new tower in Southeast Austin. The tower is now an official city landmark.
  • Originally used as a fireman's practice tower, it was restored in 1978, was renamed and had its bells installed.
  • Constructed of red brick with limestone accents in the Italianate style, the tower has become a familar sight along Town Lake in downtown.

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Location

201 West Cesar Chavez Street
201 West Cesar Chavez Street
78701
Warehouse District
Downtown
Austin
Texas
U.S.A.

Technical Data

67.00 ft
67.00 ft
6
1931
1978
$6,200
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