An exhibition of Mid–Century Modern
Architecture in the Capitol City.

This exhibition features fine examples of Austin's own Mid–Century Mod­ern structures, and keys off Birth of the Cool, now at the Blanton Museum of Art. Cool Austin includes architectural land­marks like the Municipal Audito­rium (now the Long Center) and Robert Mueller Air­port. It showcases familiar building typologies that were estab­lished in the 1950's—the motor court motel, schools, churches and progressive homes spanning the 40's, 50's and 60's.

The exhibition is comprised of historic drawings, period photo­graphs, models and plans. It illustrates how Austin's leading architects of the time interpreted the Modernist ideals of clean lines and blurred bound­aries between man and nature, interior and exterior space.

A self–guided tour of neighborhoods and individual projects that epit­omize Austin's mid-century modern archi­tecture, will be available at the exhibition.

Exclusive Footage

The exhibition will include the premier of a short film — 
a delightfully engaging roundtable conversation with the mid-century architects responsible for bringing the Modernist Movement to Austin.­(10 minutes)

Gallery Talk

Mid–Century Modernism — Austin's Own Twist on a National Movement

Riley Triggs,
Lecturer Design Division and School of Architecture,
University of Texas at Austin.

Opening Reception

March 14th (6 to 9PM); Gallery Talk (7PM)

Exhibition Dates

March 15th through May 17th


Monday through Thursday, 11AM to 5PM, Fridays 9AM to 12 Noon.


Austin Center for Architecture
801 West 12th Street
(corner of 12th Street + West Avenue)


Cool Austin is sponsored by AIA Austin, with generous contributions of materials from the Austin History Center and Dynamic Repro­graphics . It is presented in conjunction with the Blanton Museum of Art's ex­hib­ition, Birth of the Cool.

Austin Center for Architecture (CFA) The Center is home to AIA Austin, the Austin Foundation for Architecture; and, the Austin chapter of Ar­chi­tecture for Humanity.

For both design professionals and the public, The Center operates as the resource for all–things–archi­tec­ture. The CFA regularly hosts exhi­bi­tions, workshops, and lectures on many design topics, and these events are open to all.