Historic Austin Landmark Motel Slated for Demolition
Austin, TX - Once upon a time, South Congress Avenue was a hotbed for roadside motel courts as it was the major highway into Austin back in 1920's and 30's. After decaying in the 1980's like many of the old motel rows, S. Congress began to revitalize in the 1990's. However, with revitalization sometimes comes destruction of old roadside landmarks.
The Don-Mar Motor Court will be torn down soon to make room for a new multimillion-dollar development. Going with the motel is the marquee, which is a roadside treasure in its own right.
According to the News 8 website, the development could range from "an auto repair facility, offices, or mixed-use project with retail on the lower level and residential above."
Many thanks to John Hickman for update.
Don-Mar photo courtesy Dave and Debra van Hulsteyn
Azusa Foothill Drive-in Theatre Screen Demolished
Azusa, CA - Not too many years ago, the Azusa Foothill Drive-in Theatre along Route 66 appeared to be have full crowds during the nice summer nights. Then suddenly, the theatre closed, a victim of neighboring Azusa Pacific University's desire to expand over the site in order to create parking lots. Soon, the neon was out on the historic marquee, and the last open drive-in on Route 66 west of the Mississippi was no more.
(Left) Azusa Drive-in with Screen
(Right) Azusa Drive-in (no screen)
Until recently, the marquee and screen were the survivors of the drive-in; the snack bar and speaker poles have been gone for some time. Well, the screen tower was torn down on October 28. Word is that the marquee will be saved, but there are never any guarantees.