San Antonio Conservation Society

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Familiar Façade Friday is back this week with a look at Alfred Giles’ Crockett Block, the series of commercial buildings threatened by the Alamo Plaza interpretive plan that calls for its demolition. Completed in 1883 for businessmen William and Albert Maverick, the Crockett Block features a tripartite façade delineated by a succession of differing arches and capped with a dentilated cornice.

The building’s subtly protruding Corinthian pilasters frame a limestone façade that mirrors the materiality of the Alamo, allowing the Crockett Block to reverentially concede to its eminent neighbor. With little local precedent for a building of this formal urban context, Giles looked to Parisian urban design. Rue de Rivoli in Paris, specifically the North Wing of the Louvre Palace, exemplifies the unified façade that communicates with the greater context of its urban surroundings.

While the vast arcade that helped immortalize the Parisian street in the cannon of urban design history is only broadly recalled on the Crockett Block’s base, Rue de Rivoli’s legacy of unified urban design helped Giles shape Alamo Plaza into how we know it today. #FamiliarFacadeFriday #SanAntonioarchitecture
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Are you a 'jitterbug' or a 'mincing scholar'? An interesting tidbit from the 1939 La Villita ordinance...

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