Austin Motel

So close, yet so far out.Or to quote another South Austin motto. “We’re all here because we’re not all there.” Another great sign from the mid-twentieth century motels that once lined Congress Avenue. This one saved and restored. The History of the Austin Motel


Here’s a motel that didn’t make it to the 21st century. It used to be on South Congress near St. Elmo Rd. Thus, the punny name. I took this photo in 2006. They bulldozed the site shortly after that with a plan to build condos. Those plans died with the recession. Now all that’s left on the site is the sign. I keep hoping someone will save it. Seeing my