Austin’s Castle in the Sky
(Source: Downtown Austin)
Hailed as the most dazzling building in Austin since its 1929 debut, the Norwood Tower resembles a classic fairy-tale castle. The dramatic façade of this elegant Gothic Revival office tower stuns the viewer with its eclectic confection of finials, gargoyles and ornate tracery full of romance, mystique and nostalgia.
The lobby entry is adorned with travertine marble wainscoting and columns with marble capitals and bases resting on polished Texas limestone flooring. Its ornamental plaster ceiling is adorned with gold leaf medallions.
The building’s owners, members of President Lyndon Johnson’s family, have deep roots in Austin and many ties to the Norwood Tower. Johnson’s daughter and her husband have chosen to make their home in the building’s penthouse, affirming their commitment to downtown revitalization, urban living, and the building’s rich, historic significance.