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PRESERVATION ALERT – Society of Architectural Historians writes to governor!

Thanks to all who helped support our State designation, but don’t stop yet!

Woolworth's building on northwest corner of Alamo Plaza.
Woolworth’s helped put San Antonio on the national stage for desegregation in 1960.

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The Society of Architectural Historians has written to Gov. Greg Abbott supporting our cause. Read the letter.

The Coalition for the Woolworth Building enthusiastically welcomes the San Antonio Branch NAACP as an official affiliate.

View video – Conservation Society Executive Director Vincent Michael and historian Everett Fly, representing the Coalition for the Woolworth Building, discuss the importance of preserving San Antonio’s Civil Rights sites with Randy Beamer on WOAI News 4.

On Friday, May 10th, the Texas Historical Commission gave San Antonio an extra reason to celebrate May as Preservation Month.  Members voted unanimously to approve the Woolworth Building’s State Antiquities Landmark designation.  This honor not only officially recognized the building’s ties to national Civil Rights history, but granted the building an additional level of protection under the Texas Antiquities Code.

However, even as we celebrate this milestone, we must stay active as preservation advocates.  None of the building’s historic designations – local, state, or national – can prevent demolition.  Only ongoing, visible, and vocal public support for preservation may help persuade the GLO to reuse the Woolworth Building as part of the new Alamo museum.

The Woolworth Building stands as a visible link to an important Civil Rights achievement.  In 1960, it helped San Antonio become the site of the first peaceful, voluntary lunch counter integration of the national sit-in movement.  Learn more.

What Else You Can Do

Contact the state officials listed at the bottom of this page. Tell them you support reusing the Woolworth Building as part of the new Alamo museum.

Now you can view the compromise plan proposed at the Society’s May 7th press conference.  Share your thoughts with us on Facebook and Twitter #SavetheWoolworth.

Please contact:

Governor Greg Abbott
Phone: (512) 463-2000 (Main Switchboard: 8AM – 5PM)

George P. Bush, Commissioner, Texas General Land Office
Phone: 1-800-998-4GLO (4456)

Representative Barbara Gervin-Hawkins (State Culture, Recreation & Tourism Committee)
Phone: (512) 463-0708 (Capitol) or (210) 333-0245 (District Office)

Senator José Menéndez (District 26 – Downtown San Antonio)
Phone: (512) 463-0126 (Capitol) or (210) 733-6604 (District Office)

Representative Diego Bernal (District 123 – Downtown San Antonio)
Phone: (512) 463-0532 (Capitol) or (210) 308-9700 (District Office)

The Coalition for the Woolworth Building is a grass-roots advocacy group. We support the preservation of the Woolworth Building and want to build on its presence in Alamo Plaza to share an integrated history that includes African-Americans. Members include: San Antonio Branch NAACP; San Antonio African American Community Archives and Museum; Esperanza Peace and Justice Center; Westside Preservation Alliance; Concerned historians, civic leaders, and community members; and The Conservation Society of San Antonio.

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