Thursday, January 29, 2009

San Antonio Plaza

This picture was taken in 1887 on the Plaza in San Antonio. It looks like a Farmer's Market is in progress. I am not sure what the building is in the background, but it looks to be under construction.

I always liked San Antonio. So many cities these days all look the same. San Antonio still maintains a very unique feel and culture. I try to visit San Antonio a couple of times a year on a day trip.

7 comments:

  1. Probably a safe bet that the building being constructed still stands today. I'm a big fan of eighteenth and nineteenth century architecture. Edifices then were built for style as well as durability. We had buildings in my home town that dated back to pre-civil war days. Many were torn down in the sixties and replaced with newer structures that now look very silly and lack any "soul" (believe it or not, a few of the "new" buildings have already been razed). Fortunately we still have a few left, and I can guarantee that they will still be strong in structure as well as pleasant to view 100 years from now.

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  2. I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the daily pictures you post. I have always loved old photos.

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  3. I agree with Pope George. We have many beautiful, historic buildings in Providence dating back to the 1600s.

    We also have "Superman Building," an art deco tower that was built in 1927.

    The stuff they build today doesn't compare in quality or design.

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  4. I agree with Pope George. We have many beautiful, historic buildings in Providence dating back to the 1600s.

    We also have "Superman Building," an art deco tower that was built in 1927.

    The stuff they build today doesn't compare in quality or design.

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  5. The Fashion Theater visible in the background burned down in 1891. I remembered reading something about it and I found the book "Legendary Waterholes of Texas" on Google books. Here's what it has to say about the Fashion Theater:

    "The Fashion Theater, located on the west side of Military Plaza, opened in December, 1884. It was known for it's first class stage acts, which also featured plenty of scantily clad female performers in some of those acts. The Fashion burned down in 1891."

    My guess would be that the fire wasn't accident.

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  6. I love San Antonio and they have done a pretty good job of mixing the old with the new.

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  7. Surprised on a visit to San Antonio to find a world class museum of Chinese and other Asian ceramic vases and art; in the middle of nowhere, but amazing collection.

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