These photos of abandoned buildings will transport you to a bygone Texas
Like most Texans my age, I dream of owning a home. But unlike my peers, I don’t fantasize about a contemporary home with new marble finishes and stainless steel appliances. This is because the house of my dreams is not a spectator: I want a small, old yellow house. (Complete with floral wallpaper and uneven wood flooring.) This type of home isn’t too easy to find on Zillow. But I was able to indulge my vintage house fantasies with a Facebook group called Abandoned Texas.
With over 60,000 members, the group is a showcase of dilapidated houses, barns and churches. People across the state, from the back roads of Brachfield to the main streets of Galveston, are posting photos of abandoned properties for other antique enthusiasts to review. The photos took me back in time to the late 1800s and early 1900s through three-story Victorian homes with floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive wraparound porches. The messages also allowed me to “travel” to remote areas of Texas, which was especially enjoyable during the height of the pandemic, when real travel was not an option.
Even if architecture is not your predilection, restoration stories are sure to hit the mark: members often document old properties that they bring back to life. As square condos proliferate in cities and mass housing estates spring up in rural areas, these old homes are reminiscent of classic beauty.
–Sierra Juarez, Deputy Editor-in-Chief
Marvel at contemporary art in Ruby City
The day before I was due to visit a friend for the day in San Antonio, a TikTok popped up on my “for you” page, praising a contemporary art museum in the heart of the city. (A little scary how well the algorithm knows us, but useful in this scenario.) So, the next day, after a walk on the River Walk, we ventured out to Ruby City.
With its red exterior glistening in the Texas sun, the museum is truly a priceless gem. The impressive structure, designed by sought-after architect David Adjaye, houses the collection of the late Linda Pace, heir to the Pace salsa fortune and patron of the San Antonio art scene.
It took us about 30 minutes to browse the installations, sculptures, paintings and video works on display. Staff in each room were eager to answer our questions about the collection and gave us an overview of the artists. There is a coffee cart parked outside; couples sat in the museum’s sculpture garden sipping frozen lattes. At 14,427 square feet, Ruby City is small compared to most museums and admission is free. This isn’t a day trip, but it’s definitely a fun addition to any day trip.
–Harper Carlton, recording studio intern
Listen to Jenna Palek Fun during the week Podcast
“If you wait until the weekend to have fun, you’re wasting two hundred and sixty-one days of your life every year.” It is quite the thing to hear when sitting in your bed on a Tuesday night. 23-year-old Austinite Jenna Palek highlights this revealing truth on her new podcast, Fun during the week.
This light show is a refreshing reminder that life should not be put on hold Monday through Friday, but rather lived to the fullest every day. And I’m not talking about partying all night on a Tuesday when you have that 8am Wednesday meeting – life can be lived in subtle ways too. Whether it’s having a cocktail, watching the sunset in your local park, or participating in a pickleball game, moments like these can sprinkle some much-needed excitement on the average weekday evening. Palek reassures listeners that the perfect time to start just doesn’t exist, so you might as well go now.
Listening to the podcast made me stop questioning assumptions, step out of my comfort zone and live the life I deserve as a city dweller in my twenties, seeking to find work-life balance. personal. Listen on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
–Gianni Zorrilla, Deputy Editor-in-Chief