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Awesome picture! Thank you for sharing.
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Construction view from the riverwalk. Taken on 01/25/18

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Five and a half floors poured. I was told by a surveyor with the concrete contractor that they plan to be done pouring the eight floors and roof by the end of March, weather permitting.

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This looks cool, I like the palms & arches along the river. Great pic of the progress guys. Keep em coming!
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Just took this during lunch.

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Awesome progress! Too bad it's not 30 stories taller.
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Although eight stories, this is a WONDERFUL REDEVELOPMENT that will enhance the area tremendously!!!
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Although eight stories, this is a WONDERFUL REDEVELOPMENT that will enhance the area tremendously!!!
Totally agree. That side of the river needed to be revamped tremendously.
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Totally agree. That side of the river needed to be revamped tremendously.
I get both sides honestly. Yeah I'm glad that anything is happening to fill in the density, but it was a prime opportunity to build something much greater and taller, and they blew it.
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I get both sides honestly. Yeah I'm glad that anything is happening to fill in the density, but it was a prime opportunity to build something much greater and taller, and they blew it.
Our city motto.
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I get both sides honestly. Yeah I'm glad that anything is happening to fill in the density, but it was a prime opportunity to build something much greater and taller, and they blew it.

We are NOT like most same ole, same ole, American cities! We are a historical, unique city.
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We are NOT like most same ole, same ole, American cities! We are a historical, unique city.
So is Austin, Houston, Chicago, NYC, San Francisco, many cities in the Midwest, and even Laredo, Texas.
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We are NOT like most same ole, same ole, American cities! We are a historical, unique city.
Yeah... nothing says “unique and historical” like building a generic Hampton Inn in a prime downtown location.

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Yeah... nothing says “unique and historical” like building a generic Hampton Inn in a prime downtown location.

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Sorry, a 300 year old city is unique in America.
And again, any development in that area will be a tremendous redevelopment!!
You just don't get it
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So is Austin, Houston, Chicago, NYC, San Francisco, many cities in the Midwest, and even Laredo, Texas.
Sorry, Austin, Houston, Chicago, etc, etc, etc are not 300 year old cities....


San Antonio: A unique and historical American city

Other unique and historical American cities:

New Orleans
Boston
Philadelphia
Washington DC
Baltimore
New York City



Get it??
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First and only warning. Back to the topic at hand. There are other areas of this website where such discussions can take place. This thread will not be one of them.
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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."

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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.

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:

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 it 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. They couldn't even give it a deferential throwback name like "Hotel Veramendi."
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