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RepublicBank Plaza

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1985, Ford, Powell and Carson, and Fisher and Spillman. 175 E. Houston St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

One of San Antonio's most difficult historic preservation battles resulted in this thirteen-story design with its serrated glass curtain wall facing west. The cause of the fight was the Texas Theatre, built in 1926 and designed by Boller Brothers, which, despite strong public protest, was largely demolished. The new tower used the theater's facade, marquee, and ticket booth, all vaguely Spanish Baroque in character, as applied decoration.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "RepublicBank Plaza", [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, 151-152.

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