Business leaders, others weigh new multimillion-dollar Alamo area proposal

Business leaders, conservationists and tourists say they could get behind a different, revitalized Alamo experience, if it’s done right. Davis Phillips is one such cautious optimist. “It can be a game changer for San Antonio,” said Phillips, president and CEO of Phillips Entertainment, which owns and operates businesses across the street from the Alamo. “But… Read more >

Alamo museum, plaza overhaul envisioned

San Antonio Express-News - By Scott Huddleston

The Alamo of the future may have a 120,000-square-foot visitor center and museum overlooking an open plaza with interpretation and displays of historic wall footings, battle trenches and water channels — free of downtown traffic and noise that for decades have detracted from the site. Those are key concepts, along with an easier, well directed… Read more >

‘Dramatic’ Changes Proposed for Alamo Plaza

The Rivard Report - By Rocío Guenther

Sweeping changes for Alamo Plaza were presented to City Council on Wednesday, including permanently closing a portion of Alamo Street, replacing the entertainment businesses across the plaza with a 120,000 sq. ft. high-tech museum, moving the 1930s Alamo Cenotaph, creating a single entrance, and enhancing two public green spaces to strengthen the site’s physical connection with its past and San Antonio’s future…. Read more >

Alamo’s AC may be causing harm

San Antonio Express-News - By Scott Huddleston

Having withstood an 1836 battle and centuries of exposure to the elements, the Alamo’s biggest threat today may be air conditioning — a modern amenity that experts fear is threatening the fragile limestone walls of the Texas shrine’s iconic mission-era church. George Skarmeas, who is leading a process to craft a master plan for the… Read more >

Alamo Master Plan team discusses future of Alamo

KSAT 12 - By Bill Barajas

SAN ANTONIO – The Alamo is arguably one of Texas’ most historic and well known sites, and it may soon get a makeover.  “This is not an easy project. It’s not a walk in the park by any stretch of the imagination,” said George Skarmaes, with the Preservation Design Partnership. The Alamo Master Plan Team… Read more >

Commissioner Bush: GLO Requests $75 Million for Alamo Master Plan

The Rivard Report - By Robert Rivard

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz drew headlines at the 2016 Texas Tribune Festival as standing room crowds waited in line Saturday afternoon to hear from the Texas Republican who made the reluctant admission that he will vote for Donald Trump in November, yet stopped short of saying he believes Trump is fit to serve as president. More than 4,000… Read more >

Alamo, 9/11 site face similar obstacles

San Antonio Express-News - By Scott Huddleston

The Alamo’s new chief operating officer said the Texas shrine faces many of the challenges he had at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, including efforts to maintain a place of reverence and personal reflection. “It’s going to take time, and we’re going to have to experiment with different ways to influence and educate… Read more >

Alamo digs shows why we dig Alamo

San Antonio Express-News - Editorial Board

The recent archaeological digs at the Alamo demonstrate why the site is historic for many reasons, beyond the famous 1836 battle. It took the development of a new master plan to spark renewed interest in this history — little of this kind of activity has occurred there since 1995. The finds leave us hopeful for… Read more >

More digs sought to reveal Alamo secrets

San Antonio Express-News - By Scott Huddleston

Photo: Jerry Lara, Staff / San Antonio Express-News A recent monthlong excavation at the Alamo could be the first of many carefully planned archaeological projects to come — radar scans and digs aimed at revealing buried secrets of the sacred mission and battle site. James “Jake” Ivey, a veteran archaeologist considered one of the most… Read more >

Archaeological dig that uncovered about 1,700 artifacts in Alamo Plaza concludes

San Antonio Express-News - By Scott Huddleston

  Photo: BRITTANY GREESON, Staff / San Antonio Express-News Members of an archaeological “dream team” that has concluded a nearly monthlong excavation in Alamo Plaza said they consider the dig a success, despite rain that halted progress in the final week. “We’re all very excited that we found as much information as we did,” Nesta… Read more >