Enter Address, City, Neighborhood, Zip or MLS Number

Iconic Austin: “I love You" and "I Love You More” Signs on South Congress

Posted by Regent Property Group on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 1:19pm.   20,668 Views


A major part of the “Keep Austin Weird” mantra is being able to express love openly. In July 2010, local Austin musician Amy Cook expressed her love for her partner Liz Lambert, majority owner of Jo’s Hot Coffee Good Foods on South Congress. Cook knew Lambert was having a bad day and decided to spray paint on Jo’s North wall the words, “I love you so much”. The simple red spray paint in one of Austin’s most visited areas quickly became a hot spot for tourists and Austinites alike. There are smiling photos, kissing photos, and goofy photos taken in front of the words on the light green wall every day. The picture-perfect spot is also used for many wedding and engagement photos.

In reply to the words on the wall, a restaurant across the street, Snackbar, put the words, “I love you more” on their own marquee just a few days later. The two phrases faced each other on South Congress, drawing visitors and becoming an iconic part of South Congress culture.There are Flickr and Facebook pages dedicated to Jo’s Hot Coffee and Good Foods’ simple words.

The words “I love you so much” sadly were vandalized in January 2011. There were “x”’s painted over the O, V, and E, and the wall was repainted plain green. After a few weeks of remaining green, Cook and Lambert repainted the “I love you so much” words back on the building, and they have not been vandalized since.

The “I love you so much” sign is a symbol of Austin’s sense of community. The words on the side of Jo’s Hot Coffee are a proclamation of love from one business owner to the city of Austin, from one partner to another, and from many pedestrians to their loved ones all over America.

 

 

Why we love South Congress:

We think you'll like it too. Check it out.

Refine This Search
Sort by:

$1,450
2109 Alta Vista Ave #b - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
2
Baths
1
SQ. Feet
1,972
Acres
0
Year Built
1965
$1,450
City: Austin
Status: Active
Duplex in Travis Heights
2 br, 1 ba, 1,972 ft²
MLS® #: 8838459
Price:
$1,450
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
1
Type:
Rental
MLS® #:
8838459
Sqft:
1,972
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Travis Heights
Property Listed By:
Robinson Co., Realtors

Photo of Listing #8838459

$2,990
N/a - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
1,344
Acres
0
Year Built
1936
$2,990
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Swisher Add
3 br, 2 ba, 1,344 ft²
MLS® #: 7208413
Price:
$2,990
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
2
Type:
Rental
MLS® #:
7208413
Sqft:
1,344
Acres:
0.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Swisher Add
Property Listed By:
Stepan Group Realty

Stunning Updated Classic Travis Heights Bungalow Steps Away From S Congress. Spacious Master Suite With Walk In Closet And Jetted Tub. Open Concept Living/dining/kitchen Area. Kitchen With Designer Appliances, Island, And Tons Of Storage. This Is A Must See.

Photo of Listing #7208413

$1,200
1300 Newning Ave #103 - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
1
Baths
1
SQ. Feet
600
Acres
0.69
Year Built
1963
$1,200
City: Austin
Status: Active
Apartment in Fairview Park
1 br, 1 ba, 600 ft²
MLS® #: 5487359
Price:
$1,200
City:
Austin
Beds:
1
Baths:
1
Type:
Rental
MLS® #:
5487359
Sqft:
600
Acres:
0.69
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Fairview Park
Property Listed By:
The Property Society, Llc

Community Nestled In The Travis Heights Neighborhood. Walk To S. Congress Shops And Popular Restaurants.

Photo of Listing #5487359

$1,795
2215 Post Rd #2026 - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
2
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
977
Acres
0.06
Year Built
1981
$1,795
City: Austin
Status: Active
Condo Attached in Travis Oaks Condo Amd
2 br, 2 ba, 977 ft²
MLS® #: 9390551
Price:
$1,795
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
2
Type:
Rental
MLS® #:
9390551
Sqft:
977
Acres:
0.06
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Travis Oaks Condo Amd
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Awesome Condo Steps From Soco! Kitchen Features Granite Surfaces, Ss Appliances, Breakfast Bar And Is Open To Living & Dining Room. Slate Tile Fireplace, Bamboo Floors, New Carpet And Private Balcony. Master Features En-suite Bath, 2 Walk-in Closets & Vaulted Ceiling. Fridge,w/d,water,cable Included In Rent! 2 Reserved Parking Spaces (one Covered) W/separate Locked Stor...

Photo of Listing #9390551

$485,000
2207 East Side Dr - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
1,573
Acres
0.19
Year Built
1963
$485,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Sherwood Oaks Sec 01
4 br, 2 ba, 1,573 ft²
MLS® #: 3635284
Price:
$485,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3635284
Sqft:
1,573
Acres:
0.19
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Sherwood Oaks Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Lee Real Estate Services, Inc.

Great Opportunity To Own This Home In Close-in South Austin, Right Off Of South Congress Avenue And North Of Oltorf. This Home Needs Some Work And Has Been Priced Accordingly. Your Chance To Make The Updates That You Want And Build Up Value With Sweat Equity. Spacious Four Bedroom Home With Possible Fifth Bedroom In Converted Garage, Stainless Steel Appliances, Includin...

Photo of Listing #3635284

$875,000
1607 Travis Heights Blvd - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
2
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,430
Acres
0.17
Year Built
2005
$875,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Travis Heights
2 br, 3 ba, 2,430 ft²
MLS® #: 6133627
Price:
$875,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
2
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6133627
Sqft:
2,430
Acres:
0.17
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Travis Heights
Property Listed By:
Blairfield Realty Llc

Enjoy The Best Of Central Austin Living With This Impeccable Semi-custom Home, Finished In 2006. The Home Features A Master Down & An Open Floorpan. Living Room Opens To Gourmet Kitchen W/ Walk-in Pantry, Large Granite Island, & Ample Cabinets. Master W/ Coffered Ceilings, Spa-style Bath & Two Closets. Pecan & Travertine Floors, Designer & Automated Window Treatments, E...

Photo of Listing #6133627
Virtual Tour

$895,000
1709 Alta Vista Ave - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
1,683
Acres
0.16
Year Built
1987
$895,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Travis Heights
3 br, 2 ba, 1,683 ft²
MLS® #: 2032491
Price:
$895,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2032491
Sqft:
1,683
Acres:
0.16
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Travis Heights
Property Listed By:
Moreland Properties

Great Design & Quality Construction In An Ideal Location Make This Handsome 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home An Austin Treasure. Strikingly Fenced Outdoor Spaces Connect Through The Sunlit Interior Creating A Superb Atmosphere For Living And Entertaining. The Master Suite Is Spacious & Well Separated From Secondary Bedrooms. Just Steps To Stacy Park, Travis Heights Elementary, A...

Photo of Listing #2032491
Virtual Tour

$3,500
2128 Sage Creek Loop - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,140
Acres
0.09
Year Built
2004
$3,500
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Sage Creek
3 br, 3 ba, 2,140 ft²
MLS® #: 8601861
Price:
$3,500
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Rental
MLS® #:
8601861
Sqft:
2,140
Acres:
0.09
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Sage Creek
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Enjoy City Views From This Craftsman Style Home W/hardwoods Throughout. Chef's Kitchen Boasts An Abundance Of Counter Space, Glassed Cabinets, Gas Cooktop, Wine Fridge, Granite Countertops, Tile Backsplash, Center Island With A Breakfast Bar That Open To The Dining & Living.the Open Floorplan With Natural Light Is Perfect For Entertaining. Spacious Master Suite, Magical...

Photo of Listing #8601861
 

 

If you are looking for a home in South Austin to call your own, perform an Austin Home Search and let Austin Realtor Brian Talley help you find the perfect home.


3 Responses to "Iconic Austin: “I love You" and "I Love You More” Signs on South Congress"

No. 6- ‘I love you so much.’ and ‘Hi, how are you’ murals | 7 wonders of Austin wrote:
[...][...]

Posted on Saturday, March 16th, 2013 at 8:55pm.

elvira brown wrote:
I WASN'T BORN IN AUSTIN, BUT I'M TRYING TO GET THERE AS FAST AS I CAN !!!!!!!!!!

Posted on Sunday, May 12th, 2013 at 9:42am.

Ronnie Lombard wrote:
My daughter Kelly Lombard, who is now 28 has been saying to her Grandmother, Jean McShane, I LOVE YOU MORE when they finish their phone conversations ever since Kelly was a little girl AND they still do it to this day they speak on the phone so much cause when Kelly was growing up we lived in California and Grandma was and still lives in Chicago....... It has become one of those 'gotcha moments' as to who can say "I LOVE YOU MORE first to the other person. Its a special bond between a Grandmother and her Grand Daughter. Something Kelly and Grandma Jean have had for over 25 years. They are very close and the love they share and the special bond they have is heart warming.

Posted on Monday, December 16th, 2013 at 7:28pm.



Leave a Comment