World Class Capital Group, an Austin-based real estate investment firm, boasts perhaps one of the most enviable property portfolios in the downtown area. Needless to say, they own a lot. Though their acquisitions have occasionally drawn controversy, the company’s most visible impact on the downtown area at the moment is via the banners they hang on the side of the vacant buildings they’re marketing for lease or planning to develop in some fashion — even though that second one hasn’t happened just yet, unless you count the banners. (They did renovate the Spaghetti Warehouse building into the Capital Grille quite a while ago.)
These banners have grown so ubiquitous throughout downtown that World Class has started riffing on it themselves — some of their most recent purchases display a banner that simply reads “Another One” in the company’s recognizable typeface. We’d probably choose a different meme for our banner joke that doesn’t date back to 2015, but the firm and its CEO Nate Paul have a reason to be a little cocky — they’re worth quite a lot of money, after all.
Still, it feels like you can’t walk down the street in downtown Austin without coming across a World Class banner, and after a certain point, we just started taking pictures of them. Post a comment if there’s “another one” we missed, and we’ll add it to the list. We’re not trying to put together a list of everything the company owns, mind you — just the banners. Don’t we love those banners, folks?
601 Rio Grande Street
Hirshfeld House – 303 and 305 West Ninth Street
Capital Grille – 117 West Fourth Street
Koppel Building – 318 Congress Avenue
422 Congress Avenue
Phillips Building – 105 East Fifth Street
222 East Sixth Street
99 Trinity Street
504 East Fifth Street – Carmelo’s Site
900 Cesar Chavez Street
901 East Cesar Chavez Street
501 Waller Street
1216 East Sixth Street