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Old Posted Feb 19, 2008, 2:56 AM
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Sneak preview of a thread I'm putting together. Check this out, from 20 years ago next month... the old Hemisfair arena..and the old garage. Now home to the convention center and Grand Hyatt. The Rivercenter mall had just opened and the Marriott was still u/c:

Dang that's crazy to see the Marriott w/o the other spire
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The web cam pix also shows what I noticed when I was last in San Antonio, the red lights on top of the marriott spires are very close to the bottom of the house on the TOA and quite a bit taller then the GH.
It's because ToA is father back than the Marriott from that angle lol. The farther back things go from your vantage point, the smaller they get. Look at other skyline shots and you'll see that the spires are really much shorter
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Sneak preview of a thread I'm putting together. Check this out, from 20 years ago next month... the old Hemisfair arena..and the old garage. Now home to the convention center and Grand Hyatt. The Rivercenter mall had just opened and the Marriott was still u/c:
I hope you've got some pictures of the Weston u/c. That's something I've always wanted to see
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Absolutely not, it is right next to the GH and it is much taller. The TOA is not that far from either, I feel it is close enough to compare. You can barley see the top of the spires unless it is night so if you look at night from any angle any distance the MRC is taller.
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Sneak preview of a thread I'm putting together. Check this out, from 20 years ago next month... the old Hemisfair arena..and the old garage. Now home to the convention center and Grand Hyatt. The Rivercenter mall had just opened and the Marriott was still u/c:
You can also see the Lord and Taylor that opened with Rivercenter. That lasted about a year before it was turned in to a Foley's. Of course now it's a Macy's. Rivercenter was quite the upscale mall when it first opened. It had a banana republic, that Lord & Taylor.
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This was taken by elmariachi. I got it from his Flickr page, and he hasn't posted it on here yet, so I had to because it's just too awesome not to have on here.

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I hope you've got some pictures of the Weston u/c. That's something I've always wanted to see
I believe I do. As I recall, it was an earlier shot, when Weston was up to around 10-12 floors.

I'll also post some scans I have from an old San Antonio guide, from the mid-80s. I found an old shot of the office/hotel complex at I-10 and Wurzbach, with what is now the Omni Hotel. There's also a rendering for a much taller office building (at least 30 stories) at the back of the complex.
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I think the 1982 phone book had a nice shot of downtown SA on the cover.
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This was taken by elmariachi. I got it from his Flickr page, and he hasn't posted it on here yet, so I had to because it's just too awesome not to have on here.

Everything seems so bright looks great.
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any vidorra updates? nearing the top floors yet? i would like to see an angle of it from DT...haven't seen that perspective yet.
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any vidorra updates? nearing the top floors yet? i would like to see an angle of it from DT...haven't seen that perspective yet.
Probably 11-13. I have to drive past it tommorow, so Ill give you an exact number.
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At last, a glimpse of what the GH looks like coming in from 35...

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Take a look at the facade detail going up on the GH. I'm still trying to figure out if a large screen is going to be put there, at least that's what it looks like in renderings of the building. Looks good

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Probably 11-13. I have to drive past it tommorow, so Ill give you an exact number.
Actually the Vidorra is just about to start on its sixteenth floor when I last saw it yesterday. Just keeping it updated.
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Actually the Vidorra is just about to start on its sixteenth floor when I last saw it yesterday. Just keeping it updated.
yeah, you're correct. for being 16 stories, it sure is kinda short in person. well, that could be because it's across from the marriott and grand hyatt. but still.
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That is a great vantage point to see the GH.

( no I'm not endorsing that movie )
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Ah i remember those streets. Good view from that location. I want a taco for some reason, he he...

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That is a great vantage point to see the GH.

( no I'm not endorsing that movie )

The grounds around the Alamo are really a great vantage point because you can see the "Big 6" all from different spots. I didn't realize this (or remember) until I saw a pic, but you can see the tops of the Weston and BOAP from the garden area behind the Alamo.
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