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Old Alamo National Bank Building

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1902, James Wahrenberger and Coughlin and Ayres; 1913 addition. 316 E. Commerce St.

This Renaissance Revival bank has one of the more unusual building histories of any structure in the city. Designed and constructed in two stages, the building's claim to fame was that when the city widened Commerce Street in 1913, the then-five-story structure was moved back twelve feet rather than suffer the loss of its facade. The move was the result of consultations with architect Leo M. J. Dielmann and executed by the Chicago firm of Rudd-Nilson. Following the repositioning, the upper three floors of the building were added by an unknown architect, who apparently relocated the original copper cornice accordingly.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Old Alamo National Bank Building", [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, 150-150.

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