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Our Lady of the Lake University

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1900–1924, James Wahrenberger and Leo M. J. Dielmann. 411 SW 24th St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead)

The university was founded in 1895 by the Sisters of the Congregation of Divine Providence, who arrived in Texas in 1866. This highly eclectic collection of buildings is the showpiece of the West Side, and includes works by two of the most prominent architects working for San Antonio's Catholic community. Wahrenberger was responsible for the main building and St. Ann's Hall, built in 1907, with their spiky roofscapes. Dielmann received the commission in 1923 for the Conventual Chapel at the center of the complex. Here he combined a French Gothic exterior with an English Gothic interior, which is ornamented with stained glass by Munich-born artist Emil Frei, who had established a stained glass studio in St. Louis. The ensemble benefits greatly from its location facing Elmendorf Lake, enhancing the impression of a country setting and its picturesque character.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


What's Nearby


Gerald Moorhead et al., "Our Lady of the Lake University", [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, 188-188.

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