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Driskill Hotel

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Identification

Driskill Hotel
The Driskill
247771

Map

Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]

Usages

hotel restaurant

Facts

  • Commonly recognized as being Austin's grandest and oldest hotel.
  • January 1, 1887 the hotel hosts the inaugural ball for Texas Governor Sul Ross, a first for the hotel.
  • It has become a custom for Texas governors to have their inaugural balls at the hotel including Ann Richards, Dan Moody, John Connally, Miriam, (Ma) Ferguson and William P. Hobby.
  • In 1884 the land was bought for the hotel for $7,500.
  • On December 20, 1886 the hotel had its grand opening.
  • In 1894 the hotel was sold for $76,000 to New York investors.
  • In 1969 the hotel closed its doors. Later that year a proposal came along to completely remodel the building into a 19-story glass office tower. That plan was eventually abandoned and the building was nearly demolished.
  • Famous people such as Lyndon Baines Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson have stayed at the hotel. In fact, in 1934 the couple had their first date at the hotel and had breakfast in the dining room.
  • Over 75,000 guests stay at the hotel annually with 1 million people visiting the hotel's restaurant and architectural elements every year.
  • In 1903 the hotel was sold again for $80,000 at a loss of $25,000 to the seller.
  • The hotel was restored and in 1976 reopened. Over 1,000 people attended the grand reopening.
  • In 1952, during one of the hotel's many renovations, air conditioning was added to the building.
  • In 1960 Lyndon Baines Johnson stayed at the hotel waiting for the results of his race for vice president with running mate John F. Kennedy. The two win the election. Four years later LBJ waits once more for the results of his re-election as president. LBJ wins again.
  • Tennessee native Colonel Jesse Driskill moved to Austin in 1869. He made money as a cattleman. In 1884 he bought the land where the hotel now stands for $7,500 and built the hotel. He lost the hotel 2 years later when drought killed off his herd.
  • The hotel's east, south and west facades are topped with a bust of Colonel Jesse Driskill (the builder of the hotel) along with busts of his two sons.
  • In 1948 future president of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson stays at the hotel in the Jim Hogg suite, waiting to hear the results of his election to the US Senate. LBJ won the election against Coke Stevenson.
  • The building once housed KLBJ-FM and Austin's first television station, KTBC-TV, both were owned by Lady Bird Johnson.

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Location

604 Brazos Street
156-198 East 6th Street
604 Brazos Street
78701
Downtown
Austin
Texas
U.S.A.

Technical Data

89.00 ft
89.00 ft
67.00 ft
4
1886
1999
$400,000

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
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