Preview of Tour Sites for VAF conference in Texas, May 2022

13 Feb 2021 10:30 AM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)

Although this year because of the pandemic we will all gather again virtually to have our annual meeting and share wonderful research we want to make sure that everyone is planning for San Antonio in May 2022.  So this is the second installment of images that preview those exciting tours. Hope to see you all there! 

San Antonio River Walk, photo courtesy of Kenneth HafertepeWhile staying in downtown San Antonio that you will be able to exit the hotel and find National Register properties within a few blocks in any direction. A very significant theme is landscapes of the New Deal, which we will see at the restored and reconstructed Mission San Jose, at the restored La Villita neighborhood (where we will have our end-of-conference fiesta), and even the famous River Walk. While not on any tour, you will be able to visit the historic core of the River Walk any time during your visit. This distinctive U-shaped bend separates Main Plaza from Alamo Plaza. In the 1920s the bend was bypassed, but it was not until the late 1930s that San Antonio Mayor Maury Maverick was able to convince FDR to fund the creation of a Spanish Colonial Revival retail fantasy. The result was a resounding commercial flop, but after Hemisfair in 1968 it became a major tourist magnet and home to many restaurants and bars.

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