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Humane Society Adoption Facility of Bexar County

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2002, Alamo Architects. 4804 Fredericksburg Rd.

Designed as the center for animal care issues and adoption in the city, this building does away with the old image of a prisonlike facility for housing abandoned pets. Here, the complex is oriented around a landscaped central space where adoptive families can meet and play with prospective pets. The glass and limestone entrance pavilion with large overhanging roofs and vine-covered trellises welcomes the public and provides shelter from the elements. The pets are housed in tile-walled, room-sized enclosures visible through glass walls and are attached to play yards. This is an example of architecture serving the public good with sense and taste.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Humane Society Adoption Facility of Bexar County", [San Antonio, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 187-188.

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