moontowers

Austin
8:57 am
Wed February 29, 2012

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One of Austin's historic moontowers. Austin Energy is refurbishing towers recently removed due to a construction project.
Photo courtesy flickr.com/wadeferd

Moontowers Temporarily Taken Down

An Austin moontower on the corner of West 22nd and Nueces streets has been temporarily dismantled due to a nearby construction project, and another on the corner of Trinity and Cesar Chavez is slated to move over to Third and Red River.

Austin is the only city in the world that still operates under a moonlight tower lighting system, made up of those ethereal structures that provide large areas of illumination and – as every "Dazed and Confused" fan knows – the occasional party.  According to the Austin American-Statesman, Austin Energy plans to refurbish the towers that have been removed, and because of their designation in the National Register of Historic Places, any repairs have to be historically accurate. You can read more from KUT News about the towers.

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Austin
5:29 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Austin Energy To Restore Moontowers

A moonlight tower on South First Street
Photo by Joey Parsons http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeyparsons/

Know how to fix a moonlight tower? Austin Energy might be looking to contract your services in the coming months. The city’s public utility is developing a request for proposals for someone to restore all 17 of the city's moonlight towers, or moontowers, as they’re often called.

“We can’t just put modern day parts on these historic towers,” Austin Energy spokesman Carlos Cordova said. “If we’re replacing something, it has to be exactly the way it was in 1894 when these went up.”

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Austin
4:38 pm
Fri December 10, 2010

Will Austin's Missing Moontowers Return?

A moontower at 8th and Rio Grande Streets. Two moontowers downtown were removed for high rise developments, but have yet to be returned.
Image courtesy Matthew Rutledge

Two historically significant moonlight towers, or moontowers, were removed to make way for the development of two downtown high-rise buildings, but both structures were completed months and neither moontower has been returned to its original location.

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