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Thursday: Then and Now

Vintage photograph circa 1950, source unknown, retrieved from the Internet 29 July 2021 The Mission Road Drive-in Theater opened on the Southside of San Antonio at 3100 Roosevelt Avenue, just north of Mission San Jose on March 27, 1948 with a showing of Pirates of Monterey, quickly becoming a popular fixture in the neighborhood.  Its… Continue reading Thursday: Then and Now

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Thursday: Then & Now

Mission San Jose, photograph taken 29 July 2021 Mission San Jose, 1932, image from the San Antonio Light UTSA digital collection, restoration work had progressed well and only the dome was missing at the time of this photograph. Mission San Jose, established in 1720, moved to its present day location in 1758 after the first… Continue reading Thursday: Then & Now

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Thursday: Then & Now

Lesson learned:  do not wait to photograph an old building whose fate is being determined by school officials and City leaders. Lesson I hope the San Antonio ISD learned: do not let your buildings deteriorate until they are crumbling and beyond saving.  Most likely, they did not learn this one. I have searched for quite… Continue reading Thursday: Then & Now

Doorway Into the Past, Then and Now

Thursday: Then and Now

The Reptile Garden in Brackenridge Park may seem like an oddity now, but when it opened in 1933 it was a popular attraction for San Antonio residents.  It came to its final location in 1939 and entertained visitors until its closure in 1975 when the manager retired and took his "collection" to Arkansas. Click on the… Continue reading Thursday: Then and Now

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Thursday Then and Now: The Milam Building

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

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Thursday Then and Now: The International and Great Northern Railroad passenger station

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

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Thursday Then and Now: The Texas Theater

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