When the Milam Building opened in downtown San Antonio in 1928 it was the first high-rise office building with air-conditioning. What a remarkable innovation! I have fond memories of the little coffee shop on the first floor. Not only did they have fabulous biscuits, it was where the who's who of the SA business world… Continue reading Thursday Then and Now: The Milam Building
The International & Great Northern Railroad made its entrance into San Antonio, Texas in 1879 following a route from Austin, Texas to Laredo, Texas. This Mission Revival style passenger station was built in 1906 and served the community until its closure in 1970. To say that it had deteriorated is an understatement. However, in time… Continue reading Thursday Then and Now: The International and Great Northern Railroad passenger station
The Texas Theater was considered one of San Antonio's finest movie theaters when it opened on December 26, 1926. It was a popular theater and enjoyed success until the great movie houses downtown, and downtown in general, felt the downward spiral of neglect as the City grew out into the suburbs. The last show was… Continue reading Thursday Then and Now: The Texas Theater
Raba, Ernst Wilhelm, 1874-1951. [Dullnig Building], photograph, Date Unknown; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth460129/m1/1/: accessed May 28, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting San Antonio Conservation Society. Photograph taken May 18, 2020 standing almost in the same location. What happened here? Well, I'm not sure but I'm going to find out and will post in Doorway Into the Past.
Since Labor Day the San Antonio area has had almost 17 inches of rain; we've set a record for September rainfall and with more rain in the forecast this may be the wettest month ever for us. Everything is green and blooming profusely! While the rain is an inconvenience no one complains, ever. We take… Continue reading September Rains and the Aquifer
The Tower of the Americas isn't as old as some of the buildings in downtown San Antonio, but as a 50-year old landmark it does have an interesting past that deserves a blog post. Hop over to Doorway Into the Past to read more.
San Antonio is fortunate to have many branch libraries that serve the neighborhoods of the city. I've got a new post up on Doorway Into the Past about the first branch library built in San Antonio. Click the link to read!
This cast stone elephant is charming, isn't it? It is one of two that are part of the Hertzberg Circus Collection. For many years it and its companion stood in front of the former San Antonio Public Library at 210 W. Market Street. Everytime I walked by the building it never failed to make me… Continue reading The Little Elephant
These intriguing stairs are part of Mission Concepcion, one of 5 missions that comprise the San Antonio Missions Historical Park. Read more on Doorway Into the Past...
I love before and after pictures; I can spend hours looking at them and analyzing the differences. Today I had my own experience with before and after. Due to recent rains the underground aquifer that San Antonio relies on for water has risen above the very low levels that have plagued it for many years. … Continue reading Before and After