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Aurora Apartments

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1930, Richard van der Stratten and Herff and Jones. 509 Howard St.

Soaring above Crockett Park, which serves as its front yard, the nine-story high-rise apartment building, including a two-story setback penthouse, was the second of its type to be built in San Antonio; the seven-story Bushnell Apartments ( SA104) preceded it. At Aurora, flamboyant Gothic ornamentation on the cornice expresses the building's height and the cast-concrete Moderne balcony rails give it a more dramatic character than its predecessor.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Aurora Apartments", [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, 173-173.

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