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Palo Alto College

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1987, DeLara-Almond; 1999, Alamo Architects. 1400 W. Villaret Blvd.

The first expansion of Alamo Community College's facilities, this 150-acre campus is situated four miles from the Spanish missions and its design mimics them. Surrounded by a wall, the campus buildings are grouped to create courtyard spaces suitable for outdoor student gatherings. The majority of the structures are simply finished with stucco. The use of barrel vaults and tall square lanterns to create interior space also reflects the secular application of religious architectural forms.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Palo Alto College", [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, 172-172.

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