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PRESERVATION ALERT – Woolworth Building selected as one of 25 World Monuments Watch sites for 2020!

This international listing recognizes that our site combines great historical significance with contemporary social impact.  Help us preserve it.

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 2020 World Monuments Watch helps communities protect their irreplaceable sites for future generations, including our very own Woolworth Building. Learn why this Alamo Plaza landmark is one of 25 international sites (and just one of three in the U.S.) on the Watch list here.

We are one of seven sites included in this powerful World Monuments Fund video, and have been featured in the New York Times, and on CNN.  See additional media coverage at Watch List Puts Woolworth on World Stage.

Many thanks to Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff for his steadfast support!

Please continue to contact the State officials listed further down this page and help share our story on social media with these tags and handles:  #WorldMonumentsFund #WMF

Twitter and Facebook: @worldmonuments, Instagram: @worldmonumentsfund

And all this after a great weekend where our ofrenda for Mary Andrews, a local Civil Rights heroine, won second prize at Muertos Fest in Hemisfair!

Other Milestones

August – The Society of Architectural Historians wrote to Gov. Greg Abbott supporting our cause. Read the letter.

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

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

May – 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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