UTSA is conducting a public survey of three options for the Institute of Texan Cultures Museum. In a recent KSAT-12 interview, Dr. Kimberly Andrews Espy, UTSA provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs explained the different options.
According to her, “The last is remaining in the Texas pavilion, including everything up to renovating or perhaps replacing the facility or using a distributed model where different elements of the ITC — for example, its collections versus as exhibits — would potentially be in different locations.”
We encourage everyone to take the survey by July 12th. Be sure to mention that – regardless of where the museum goes – the building should be preserved as an iconic part of Hemisfair ’68. If it no longer works as a museum it can be creatively repurposed for new uses. Deemed eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, it also contributes to the local Hemisfair Historic District.
The former Texas Pavilion, designed by the Houston firm of Caudill, Rowlett & Scott, anchors the east end of Hemisfair Park. It is one of several large-scale, mid-century modern buildings that contribute towards making HemisFair one of the least altered of the post-WW II world’s fair sites. Without these unusual and irreplaceable buildings, Hemisfair Park becomes just another urban park that could be anywhere – shame on us if we let that happen.