Monday, February 16, 2015
Monday, January 5, 2015
The previous post featured the lovely home originally known as Aleswana located in Comfort, Texas. I feel it would be remiss if I move on without mentioning the amazing grounds of the former summer home of the Steves family.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
I snapped this picture that is in a photo album in the Inn, but it also appears on their website. An attic fan and the cupola helped to cool the large house which Albert Steves loved to fill up with friends and family. The original house had 8 bedrooms and one "facility".
|Under the stairs in the original house|
|Under the stairs, now|
|This wrought iron sign by the pool announces the original name of the house|
I love this porch! It was cold and damp on this trip, but both mornings I enjoyed a cup of coffee while sitting in a rocking chair enjoying the view of the Texas Hill Country on a fall morning.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
|The modified maguey is in the bottom center tile and forms the letters WPA at the top and AC at the bottom for the Arts and Crafts division|
|This version of the maguey (seen above the letter "O") also shows the year of completion|
As a young widow she would move into an apartment in the western wall of the mission; this was permitted in an effort to prevent vandalism to the mission but also allowed her to live close to her shop.
In 1956 she built a house on adjoining property in 1956, living there until the early 1980’s. The house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001, was designed by her son, Robert, to fit on a foundation she had already laid. It is 2,000 square feet in size and built using frame, stone and concrete construction. The design is thought to resemble the "Usonian" style of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Mrs. Harris closed her business in 1977 and passed away in 1984. Her tiles today are considered collector’s items.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
In 1916 the San Antonio Rotary Club gave 12 burros to the children of San Antonio. They were tended by a one-legged man known only as "Peg". The San Antonio Light ( April 8, 1917) states that all the kids just loved Peg. The donkeys were originally kept in corrals built next to the river, but in 1920 Ray Lambert, the Commissioner of Parks and Sanitation credited with much of the development of the park, took bids to construct a barn near the corrals.
The current renovation will replace the roof, convert the interior into office/educational space, and make the building handicap accessible. Upgrades to electrical systems are also included. The cost is estimated at $500,000.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The plaque on the front of the John Twohig house gives a brief glimpse into the interesting history of this house now located on the grounds of the Witte Museum.
|Back side of house, facing the river|
|Back side of house (stairs on left)|
|View river as seen from outside the Twohig house (looking north toward the start of the river)|
Monday, August 4, 2014
|Remains of the front gate|
|These snake "apartments" featured steam heat to keep the snakes comfortable!|
|Side of main entrance|
South Texas was hit with a severe drought in the 1940's and snakes became scarce. When the San Antonio Zoo opened their Reptile House the remaining snakes at the garden would be transferred to it in 1942. The garden would switch to alligators as a substitute attraction; from 1952 until its closure in 1975 the garden displayed alligators and crocodiles. The snake garden closed when the manager, George Kimbrell, retired and took his collection to Arkansas.