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Lone Star Brewery
1904, E. Jugenfeld and Company and Wahrenberger and Beckmann; 1981 conversion to museum, Cambridge Seven Architects; 2005 Lenora and Walter F. Brown Asian Art Wing, Overland Partners Architects. 110 W. Jones Ave.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

Built as the Lone Star Brewery, the brick building was admirably refitted to its new role as an art museum. The exterior was carefully modified in the conversion, with some of the original window openings sealed with shutters. Interior spaces were simplified to create large gallery spaces, all painted white. The inserted elevators, glass cubes trimmed in stainless steel, give a dramatic glimpse of each floor's contents as they rise through the atrium. Translucent glass walls with gridded patterns like Japanese paper screens grace the exterior of the recent addition, contrasting with the crenellated, fortress-like appearance of the original structure.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.



  • 1904

  • 1981

    Converted to museum
  • 2005


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "San Antonio Museum of Art", [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, 160-160.

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