Cool Stories: Austin could get tallest building west of the Mississippi

58-story condo tower looks like a white Jenga stack.

The tallest residential building west of the Mississippi River may soon rise above Austin's skyline, as developers have laid out the specifics for a 685-foot, 58-story condominium tower downtown.

Developers envision the $300 million project, dubbed the Independent, as a gleaming, white Jenga-like tower at the northeast corner of West Third Street and West Avenue. Renderings show the building with offset floor sections that make it look something like an uneven stack of books.

The tower will become the tallest building in Austin when it is completed.

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Source: Michael Theis,