With the redevelopment of Alamo Plaza at the center of recent public debate, I invited Lewis Fisher, one of San Antonio’s leading historians, to share details about the various structures at the iconic site.

Fisher is the author of Saving San Antonio: The Preservation of a Heritage, a book dedicated to tales of the city’s efforts to preserve its past. While the State of Texas in 1883 bought the Alamo Church specifically to preserve it as a historical landmark, other parts of the site were under different ownership or developed after the fact.

Development between the conclusion of the famous Battle and the plaza’s resurgence as a commercial center in the late 19th century created a mixed bag of historically and architecturally significant structures – and most are worthy of preservation, Fisher says.

With talk of the State taking control of Alamo Plaza in the new plan, Fisher says San Antonians should give no more control of the famed plaza to the State than they did to Santa Anna.

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Rick Casey

Rick Casey

Rick Casey's career spans four decades of award-winning reporting on San Antonio. He previously worked as a metro columnist for the former San Antonio Light and, later, the San Antonio Express-News.