Austin grows up: Statesman graphic from the 80s details ‘skyscraper boom’

People have been yelling “When did that get there?!” in Austin longer than you’d think.

Reddit user Meetybeefy posted a graphic to the news aggregation site, which is stamped as having been printed in the Statesman on Oct. 21, 1984, that shows the planned downtown projects set to “stretch [the] skyline.”

And even 34 years ago, it seems, a skyline full of cranes was the status quo.

1984 Statesman infographic detailing the skyscraper boom of the 80s from Austin

The infographic maps out 20 different planned projects and includes both a rendering of each based on architects’ models and an expected completion date.

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The map shows that the first phase of Congress One Plaza was expected to be done during the summer of 1986 and cost $75 million.

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The most expensive project included on the graphic was the “Southland Financial” complex, which was comprised of two 20-story office buildings and the Four Seasons Hotel, priced at an expected $150 million.

For reference, a planned 60-story tower on Rainey Street was estimated to cost $400 million in 2016

Meetybeefy noted that the “the Lamar Financial Plaza was never built, and I don't think the Capitol Tower was ever built either (the bottom facade looks like it was Alamo-inspired).”

Another Reddit user commented, “I moved to Japan at the end of 1983 and upon my return in 1987 it was like moving to a different city. So many new buildings, new roads, and other changes I didn't realize could happen in such a short time.”

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