Architecture West of the Alamo, San Antonio, TX Photos

San Antonio's heritage downtown parallels Commerce & Houston Streets west of Alamo Square & Riverwalk to the Mercado. The area includes Main & Military Plazas, the historic Spanish Governor's Palace & heritage buildings.

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Clifford Building. San Antonio, TX.Staacke Bros & Stevens buildings. San Antonio, TX.Stevens building detail. San Antonio, TX.Stevens building housed a University club. San Antonio, TX.
Clifford Building (1893) (423-31 Commerce). San Antonio, TX. Architect: James Riely Gordon.Staacke Bros & Stevens buildings. San Antonio, TX. Architect: James Riely Gordon.Stevens building (1891) (315 Commerce) detail. San Antonio, TX. Architect: James Riely Gordon. On National Register.Stevens building housed a University club. San Antonio, TX.
Staacke Bros building detail. San Antonio, TX.Staacke Bros building housed a carriage business. San Antonio, TX.Old Alamo National Bank building now the Vault. San Antonio, TX.Nix Professional Building was tallest hospital in USA when built. San Antonio, TX.
Staacke Bros building (1894) (317 Commerce) detail. San Antonio, TX. Architect: James Riely Gordon. On National Register.Staacke Bros building housed a carriage business. San Antonio, TX.Old Alamo National Bank building now the Vault (1902) (316 Commerce). San Antonio, TX. Style: Renaissance Revival. Architect: James Wahrenberger, Coughlin & Atlee B. Ayres. On National Register.Nix Professional Building (1931) (23 floors) (408-414 Navarro St.) was tallest hospital in USA when built. San Antonio, TX. Architect: Henry T. Phelps.
Old San Antonio National Bank. San Antonio, TX.Old San Antonio National Bank detail. San Antonio, TX.Tower Life Building [aka Smith Young Tower]. San Antonio, TX.Tower Life Building facade. San Antonio, TX.
Old San Antonio National Bank (1866) (239 Commerce). San Antonio, TX. Style: Moorish. Architect: Cyrus L.W. Eidlitz.Old San Antonio National Bank detail. San Antonio, TX.Tower Life Building [aka Smith Young Tower] (1929) (30 floors) (310 South Saint Mary's St.). San Antonio, TX. Architect: Atlee B. Ayres & Robert Ayres. On National Register.Tower Life Building facade. San Antonio, TX.
Tower Life Building gargoyles. San Antonio, TX.Tower Life Building portal. San Antonio, TX.San Fernando Cathedral facade by François Girard on Main Plaza de Las Islas. San Antonio, TX.San Fernando Cathedral baroque original interior. San Antonio, TX.
Tower Life Building gargoyles. San Antonio, TX.Tower Life Building portal. San Antonio, TX.San Fernando Cathedral facade (1868-73) by François Girard on Main Plaza de Las Islas. San Antonio, TX. On National Register.San Fernando Cathedral baroque original interior (1749). San Antonio, TX.
San Fernando Cathedral stained glass windows of Sts. Michael & Raphael. San Antonio, TX.San Fernando Cathedral tomb of Texas heroes Travis, Crockett & Bowie. San Antonio, TX.Bexer County Courthouse. San Antonio, TX.Bexer County Courthouse lamp detail. San Antonio, TX.
San Fernando Cathedral stained glass windows of Sts. Michael & Raphael. San Antonio, TX.San Fernando Cathedral tomb of Texas heroes Travis, Crockett & Bowie. San Antonio, TX.Bexer County Courthouse (1892) (20 Dolorosa St. on Main Plaza de Las Islas). San Antonio, TX. Style: Richardsonian Romanesque. Architect: James Riely Gordon. On National Register.Bexer County Courthouse lamp detail. San Antonio, TX.
Bexer County Courthouse balconies. San Antonio, TX.Lady Justice Fountain at Bexar County Courthouse. San Antonio, TX.City hall on Military Plaza. San Antonio, TX.San Antonio City Hall on Plaza de Armas. San Antonio, TX.
Bexer County Courthouse balconies. San Antonio, TX.Lady Justice Fountain (c1896) at Bexar County Courthouse. San Antonio, TX.City hall (1891) on Military Plaza. San Antonio, TX. Style: Second Empire. Architect: Otto Kramer.San Antonio City Hall (1889-92) on Plaza de Armas. San Antonio, TX.
Cinco de Mayo statue with two birds at San Antonio City Hall. San Antonio, TX.San Fernando Cathedral & Municipal Plaza building over Plaza de Armas. San Antonio, TX.Municipal Plaza building now City Council chambers & city offices. San Antonio, TX.Fountains in Plaza de Armas. San Antonio, TX.
Cinco de Mayo statue with two birds (1981) at San Antonio City Hall. San Antonio, TX.San Fernando Cathedral & Municipal Plaza building over Plaza de Armas. San Antonio, TX.Municipal Plaza building (originally Frost Bank Building) (1922 ) (12 floors) (114 W. Commerce) now City Council chambers & city offices. San Antonio, TX. Architect: Leo Maria Joseph Dielmann.Fountains in Plaza de Armas. San Antonio, TX.
Spanish Governor's Palace on Military Plaza. San Antonio, TX.Spanish Governor's Palace detail of door carving. San Antonio, TX.Adobe house in Casa Navarro State Historic Park, one of a group of adobe buildings. San Antonio, TX.O.Henry adobe house , where author William Sidney Porter published his Rolling Stone weekly humor newspaper in 1895-6. San Antonio, TX.
Spanish Governor's Palace (1749) on Military Plaza. San Antonio, TX. On National Register.Spanish Governor's Palace detail of door carving. San Antonio, TX.Adobe house (c1835) in Casa Navarro State Historic Park, one of a group of adobe buildings (228 S. Laredo St.). San Antonio, TX.O.Henry adobe house (1855), where author William Sidney Porter published his Rolling Stone weekly humor newspaper in 1895-6. San Antonio, TX.
Milam Building plus Weston Centre behind. San Antonio, TX.Weston Centre with square frame on crown. San Antonio, TX.Bank of America Plaza with diagonal change of surface. San Antonio, TX.Alamo National Building & Bank of America Plaza. San Antonio, TX.
Milam Building (1928) (21 floors) (115 E. Travis) plus Weston Centre behind. San Antonio, TX. Architect: George Willis.Weston Centre (1989) (30 floors) (112 East Pecan St.) with square frame on crown. San Antonio, TX. Architect: Cambridge Seven Assoc..Bank of America Plaza (1983) (28 floors) (300 Convent St.) with diagonal change of surface. San Antonio, TX.Alamo National Building (1929) (24 floors) (105 South Saint Mary's St.) & Bank of America Plaza. San Antonio, TX.
Bank of America Plaza facade. San Antonio, TX.Old Texas Theater facade incorporated as entrance to modern SBC building. San Antonio, TX.Texas Theater terra-cotta tile work details. San Antonio, TX.Detail of Hotel Valencia Riverwalk. San Antonio, TX.
Bank of America Plaza facade. San Antonio, TX.Old Texas Theater facade incorporated as entrance to modern SBC building (175 East Houston). San Antonio, TX.Texas Theater (1926) terra-cotta tile work details. San Antonio, TX. Architect: Bowler Brothers.Detail of Hotel Valencia Riverwalk (2002) (13 floors) (146 East Houston). San Antonio, TX. Architect: 3D/International.
Balconies of Hotel Valencia Riverwalk. San Antonio, TX.Majestic Theater. San Antonio, TX.Majestic Theater box office. San Antonio, TX.Frost Brothers building. San Antonio, TX.
Balconies of Hotel Valencia Riverwalk. San Antonio, TX.Majestic Theater (1929) (214 East Houston). San Antonio, TX. Style: Spanish Colonial & Mission. Architect: John Eberson. On National Register.Majestic Theater box office. San Antonio, TX. On National Register.Frost Brothers building (217 East Houston). San Antonio, TX.
Metalwork detail of Frost Brothers building. San Antonio, TX.Carved capitol detail with Mayan motifs of Frost Brothers building. San Antonio, TX.Window panel detail of Frost Brothers building. San Antonio, TX.Buckhorn Bar & Museum with buffalo & longhorn heads on exterior. San Antonio, TX.
Metalwork detail of Frost Brothers building. San Antonio, TX.Carved capitol detail with Mayan motifs of Frost Brothers building. San Antonio, TX.Window panel detail of Frost Brothers building. San Antonio, TX.Buckhorn Bar & Museum with buffalo & longhorn heads on exterior (318 East Houston). San Antonio, TX.
Skyline of San Antonio. San Antonio, TX.


Skyline of San Antonio. San Antonio, TX.



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