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Austin skyscraper adds spire

Austin's skyline just changed dramatically after a downtown skyscraper completed a spire the building's developers are calling a "lighted crown." (Photo courtesy: Fairmont Austin)

Austin's skyline just changed dramatically after a downtown skyscraper completed a spire the building's developers are calling a "lighted crown."

The 170-foot tall architectural spire will sit atop the Fairmont Austin, bringing the total height of the building to 590 feet -- making it Austin's second highest building.

The new crown can be lit any color, or an array of colors.

“The hotel sits at Cesar Chavez and I-35, a key point of entry to downtown Austin. The spire stands atop the building as a beacon, marking that place -- welcoming visitors to Austin,” said Pete Chalfant, the project manager leading this development.

Currently, Austin tallest building is the Austonian at 683 feet.

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