This sober skyscraper is the largest work by Willis, who came to San Antonio in 1911 after working as chief draftsman in Frank Lloyd Wright's studio. After four years with Atlee B. Ayres, he started his own practice. Here Willis's design is conventional eclecticism: the building's U-shaped massing and stripped down Gothic detailing contain no hint of Wrightian influence. At sixteen stories, this was, when built, the tallest reinforced-concrete building in the world, the first office building in the United States to be equipped with central air-conditioning, and for a short time, the tallest building in San Antonio.
You are here
If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.
SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.