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Old Posted Feb 25, 2018, 1:27 AM
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Historically, this was the site of the former Veramendi Palace, the surviving wooden doors of which are preserved and on display inside the Alamo shrine. The leading Veramendi family and their prominent house had deep connections to the early settlement of San Antonio and the family tragedy of Alamo defender Jim Bowie, who courted here and married Ursula Veramendi. Alamo defender Ben Milam was killed outside the doors of the palace and first buried within its courtyard.


(Photo from The Rivard Report by Paul Bubel on Flickr)

We have enough photographs, drawings, descriptions, and knowledge of comparable and contemporary architecture to reconstruct a fair approximation of the lost Veramendi Palace. Our primary direct model is the similar and contemporary Spanish Governor's Palace on Military Plaza facing City Hall. Loath as many, including myself, might normally be to historical recreations of long lost buildings, just imagine if we had indeed recreated such a landmark on Soledad Street with a courtyard garden stepping down to the Riverwalk and filled it with collected artifacts and memorabilia from the Alamo era. What is another nondescript hotel or bland office building when we could again have a "Veramendi Palace," a name steeped in our city's core history, modeled like this:


(Photo from Robey Architecture, Inc.)


(Photo from TripAdvisor)

Development in this neglected part of the downtown core is always welcome, and most of use do want big buildings and skyscrapers. However, what of this rather plain Hampton Inn, which could just have easily been Ramada or La Quinta, speaks to San Antonio as a "unique and historical American city" or of this site as a storied place of the Veramendi, Jim Bowie, of Ben Milam? Surely not the post-modern roof tiles, the eventual arches, or a plaque on the sidewalk. The building now under construction is development for development's sake, which is fine too, but I don't go to the nearby Hotel Valencia and think in my tourist suite, "this brand new building has some roof tiles--feel and breathe the history of Mediterranean Italianate San Antonio as a city unique in world!" I'm sure the Hampton Inn will be nice when it is finished and will help to fill out downtown as we look at it from the boat tour, but it doesn't rise to the level of unique history or great architecture. If we want to sell ourselves alongside New Orleans or Savannah, which indeed are San Antonio's historical contemporaries, former colonial rivals, and excellent models to follow as cities famed for their history, perseveration, and atmosphere, then we need to start showcasing our own comparable roots. We couldn't even give this building a deferential throwback name like "Hotel Veramendi."

Wow,
You are missing my point. I never said the Hampton Inn is historical. I said the city of San Antonio is unique and historical. Do you live here? I mean, there is historical architecture everywhere you turn downtown!

The Tower Light Building
The Granada Building ( part of the Tower Light Building development)
The Gunther Hotel
The Crockett Hotel
The Casino Building
The Riverwalk
The Drury Inn
The Hendricks Building
The South Texas Bank Building
The Gibbs Building
The Rand Building


Should I go on?

The Alamo
The Missions

And there are countless more......


San Antonio is a "unique and historical" city.
And I will go on and say that it is the most unique and historical city in the state of Texas!
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Old Posted Feb 25, 2018, 2:47 PM
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I recommend the last few posting be deleted. This is getting out-of-control, and too dramatic. We get it, this is a historical city, so are many others, and just like many others, they have malls and Drury Inn and suites with Denny's mix in about or a Ripleys Believe It or Not.

But hey, gurl's gots to pay the bills somehow.
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Old Posted Feb 25, 2018, 10:22 PM
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More "historical beautiful buildings with wonderful architecture" in downtown San Antonio:

The Nix Building
The Brady Building
The St. Anthony Hotel
The Medical Arts Building ( now the Emily Morgan Hotel )


JUST OUTSTANDING HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE
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Old Posted Feb 26, 2018, 5:21 PM
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Oh, I forgot to mention the Milam Building on Travis Street!
This beautiful building was bought by Weston, I believe. Wondering what exciting renovations he will do the beautiful historical building. More night lighting at night to show off the architecture, I hope!
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Sometimes I forget about this one as it's tucked away in the shadows. Thanks for the update!
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Eight floors and roof are complete.



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Thanks for the update. So...it's topped out, where is the tree?
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Wait a minute...what's up with the steer or cow?
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Wait a minute...what's up with the steer or cow?
San Antonio is unique and histeerical!
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San Antonio is unique and histeerical!
Haha!
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Wait a minute...what's up with the steer or cow?
And that's a Longhorn.
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And that's a Longhorn.
That's what my ex says. 😛
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That's what my ex says. 😛
Off topic.

That’ll be a week in solitary for you.
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Off topic.

That’ll be a week in solitary for you.
Let it go!
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Off topic.

That’ll be a week in solitary for you.
🤕 Lol
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I forgot to include this pic from about 10 days ago of the Longhorn on the roof.
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^^ Is that one of those topping out longhorns?
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