Elm Grove Publishing
Praise for 100 Years of Building San Antonio
“...a sweeping chronicle...with gems of anecdotes and historical details...”
— Stephen Amberg, Ph.D., The University of Texas at San Antonio
“...a great book about the major building projects in San Antonio over the last hundred years...”
— Nelson Wolff, Bexar County Judge 2001-2022
“...a splendid journey that connects iconic landmarks to the builders whose artistry created our distinct and unique city.”
— Richard Perez, President & CEO, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
“After you have read this book, you will know many things about San
Antonio that you did not know before. I know I did...”
— Phil Hardberger, Mayor of San Antonio 2005-2009
“...artfully weaves the stories of San Antonio’s familiar and famous places...”
— Torrey Stanley Carleton, Hon. AIA, Executive Director, AIA San Antonio
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100 YEARS OF BUILDING
The People Who Built the Seventh Largest City in the USA, 1923–2023
Doug McMurry, Hon. AIA San Antonio
Foreword by Mayor Ron Nirenberg
These are the stories behind the unique and iconic buildings that have shaped San Antonio—and the people who created them-—helping it to become America’s seventh-largest city.
From the tallest skyscraper in Texas to the largest wildlife land bridge in the United States, construction over the past 100 years has established the Alamo City as a leader in architectural innovation and building technology.
Authors Doug and Michele McMurry provide an insightful and entertaining narrative, drawing from archived material and long-forgotten historic documents, as well as the personal recollections of the men and women whose families pioneered the growth of Texas’ most unique city.
San Antonio looked quite different one hundred years ago. There were no tall buildings, freeway overpasses, or corporate headquarter campuses.
The international airport, South Texas Medical Center, and University of Texas at San Antonio did not exist. Nor was the city home to the largest concentration of military bases in the United States. Despite the lack of public works infrastructure a century ago, San Antonio was at that time the largest city in Texas.
Economic optimism and transformation, unfolding following World War I and prior to the onset of the Great Depression, were reflected in new buildings and the people who erected them.
100 Years of Building San Antonio is a story about how San Antonio became the nation’s seventh-largest city. It is also about how we invested in ourselves and the physical environment that defines us. Focusing mainly on commercial construction and noteworthy renovations of iconic buildings, this book explores who built the familiar and famous places including revered landmarks, such as Trinity University, the Tower Life Building, and USAA’s sprawling headquarters, as well as the Alamodome, SeaWorld San Antonio, and the “enchilada red” Central Library.
It also recounts how some buildings, like HemisFair Arena and McCreless Shopping City, have sadly been lost to history.
150-pages, illustrated throughout with vintage b/w photographs
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