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The Plaza (Convent Avenue)

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Convent Avenue
1848; 2006 rehabilitation, Kell Muñoz Architects. Convent Ave. between Estrella and Water sts.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

Unpaved until 1976, the two-block-long avenue was transformed into a plaza once the building of Our Lady of Refuge Church ( SM8) provided an axial terminus at its north end, and walled commercial establishments flanked its sides. At the opposite end, sandstone cliffs overlook the Rio Grande and northern Mexico. The rehabilitation recaptured the original spatial composition of the plaza after removal of an insensitive 1976 landscaped mall, and the application of a new, textured-concrete surface to recall the historic topping in caliche.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "The Plaza (Convent Avenue)", [Roma, 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, 282-282.

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