You are here

Menger Hotel

-A A +A
1859, John M. Fries, builder; 1909 facade, Alfred Giles. 204 Alamo Plaza
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

The Menger is the oldest of the city's hotels, and its early date coincided with the use of the former mission compound buildings ( SA1) by the U.S. Army. It was built for German immigrant William Menger. The pedimented facade of the stuccoed brick building is the work of Giles, designed in a rather simplified Renaissance Revival. The hotel interior has undergone many remodelings, but still retains its nineteenth-century atrium lobby supported on cast-iron columns.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


What's Nearby


Gerald Moorhead et al., "Menger Hotel", [San Antonio, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 147-147.

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.

, ,