Republic Square

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    Image by Miró Rivera Architect

Opening Fall 2017

Republic Square is an active, urban green space grounded in rich history that traces back to the birth of our city. The newly renovated square will be a place unlike any in Austin with daily programming, modern amenities, and a full-service café.

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September 5th, 2018

Republic Square Receives 2018 Best Public Place Award

Since it’s reopening last fall, Republic Square has become a downtown destination with a wide range of events and programs that attract a diverse audience of locals, downtown employees, and visitors. In the past year, the square has hosted many free events including a monthlong fitness series, family-friendly movies, a summer yoga series, weekly SFC farmers’ market, Austin’s Birthday Bash, a full day celebration in August, and much more. 

The major renovation of Republic Square in 2017 was made possible by a public-private partnership between the Downtown Austin Alliance, Austin Parks Foundation and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. The Austin Parks Foundation raised $5.9 million through a capital campaign and $2.5 million in federal and municipal dollars for the renovation. Since it’s reopening, the Downtown Austin Alliance has overseen the operations, maintenance, and programming of the square.

ULI Austin’s annual Impact Awards celebrate projects and people throughout greater Austin that exemplify ULI’s mission to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities. The other finalists for this year’s best public place award were Fareground at One Eleven and The Trail Bridge at Congress Avenue both incredible additions to public space in downtown Austin. 

A special thanks to the project team who worked on the renovation of Republic Square including Design Workshop, Inc., Clean Scapes Landscaping, Benz Resource Group, Miró Rivera Architects, Asterisk Group Design, City of Austin Art in Public Places program, and Kincannon Studios and the many more people and organizations who contributed time, expertise, and funding to restore this historic gathering place into a new, vibrant space for the entire community to enjoy.

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January 4th, 2018

See The Community’s Table on Display at Republic Square

Picture your downtown Austin in 10-15 years. What would you like to see? This is the question we asked at community events throughout Austin over the last few months. Participants were invited to draw and write their vision on a block of wood, their individual “vision board.” The colorfully decorated boards were collected and then used to construct The Community’s Table. The Community’s Table was commissioned by the Downtown Austin Alliance, curated and produced by Public City, and designed and fabricated by Hatch Workshop.

January 4th, 2018

Host Your Next Event at the Square

Host your event at downtown’s newest outdoor venue. With flexible layouts for groups from 50 to 3500, Republic Square has options to suit your next special event. Contact us for more information about hosting an event in the square. 

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Features

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    Image by Miró Rivera Architect

    Full-Service Café

    The newly renovated square will feature a full-service café in an urban outdoor setting. Surrounding the restaurant, visitors will enjoy ample seating and relaxing landscaping. The café building will also house well-maintained public restrooms.

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    Image by Kincannon Studios, LLC

    New Public Artwork

    Blackbird, a stunning, large-scale stone sculpture will sit among a grove of trees in the new Republic Square. This family-friendly artwork was commissioned by Art in Public Places and designed by local artist Holly Young-Kincannon of Kincannon Studios.

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    Sustainable Food Center’s Downtown Farmers’ Market

    The Sustainable Food Center’s Saturday Farmers’ Market will continue to operate on W 4th Street and the adjacent Federal Courthouse Plaza during construction. After the square reopens, the market will move into the square in the promenade along W. 4th Street.

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    Reserve the Square

    Host your event at downtown’s newest outdoor event venue. With capacity from 50 to 3500, Republic Square has options to suite your next special event. Contact us for more information about hosting an event in the square.

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    Daily Programming and Featured Events

    The new Republic Square is a neighborhood meeting place. It is an active urban green space for downtown visitors, local residents, and nearby employees to enjoy. Republic Square will feature daily activities and regular events – with something for everyone!

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Getting There

422 Guadalupe Street, Austin TX 78701

The Story

  • Austin’s Birthplace

    Edwin Waller’s original design of Austin consisted of a grid with a central square (Capitol Square) and four smaller, secondary “public squares.” The first 306 lots of the city of Austin were sold at auction in 1839 under the Auction Oaks. In 1888, the squares were named Brush, Hamilton (now Republic), Bell (now Wooldridge), and Hemphill (no longer a public square).

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    Douglass, Neal. [Walker's Austex Chili Company], photograph, 1948; (accessed March 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

    Roots of TexMex Cuisine

    The soul of Republic Square is food, and that food is TexMex. In early years, vendors would sell tamales and candies in the square. Walker’s Austex Chile Company, located near the square, employed many people from the local neighborhoods. The food tradition continues today with the Sustainable Food Center’s Downtown Farmers’ Market, held each Saturday morning at the square.

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    Image # AR.2009.047(012). Jesse Herrera Photography Collection

    Guadalupe Park

    By 1905, the neighborhood around Republic Square largely identified with Austin’s Mexican population. Three churches were established near the square, including Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Locals at that time would call it “Guadalupe Park.” The square often hosted concerts and dances, church fundraisers, and the annual celebration of Mexico’s independence, Diez y Seis de Septiembre.

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    1976: The Bicentennial

    After decades as a parking lot, Republic Square returned to its original purpose in 1976 as part of the U.S. Bicentennial celebration. The current name, Republic Square, was chosen then as a tribute to the Republic of Texas.

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