San Antonio Storybook: Chapter 2 – Confluence Theatre

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TheJohn H. Wood, Jr. Federal Courthouse located at Hemisfair in downtown San Antonio.

Courtesy / Brantley Hightower

The John H. Wood Jr. Federal Courthouse at Hemisfair in downtown San Antonio opened during the 1968 world's fair as the Confluence Theatre.

A large group of politicians recently descended on an empty lot in downtown San Antonio to break ground on a new federal courthouse. Of course, San Antonio already has a federal courthouse. In this chapter of the San Antonio Storybook we’ll find out the history of this building and the important part it played in the history of San Antonio.

6 thoughts on “San Antonio Storybook: Chapter 2 – Confluence Theatre

  1. I wish I could say that was an April Fools Day Easter Egg that we planted in the episode for our astute readers to discover, but that wouldn’t be accurate. You’re right, though, Mr. Gonzales was a lot of things over the course of his career but he was never mayor of San Antonio and I apologize for the error. The episode has been edited to fix that mistake and is being uploaded as we speak…

  2. Good job, Brantley!
    I worked as a bi-lingual Official Hostess for HemisFair’68 and this article brought back good memories. Hearing a few lines from the “Us” film helped.
    Bring us more!

    Robin Raquet

  3. I enjoyed listening to the podcast. Christopher Medina kindly sent it along to me. I love that building too and hope it remains. I was a United States Pavilion guide at Hemisfair 68 and worked at the U.S. Pavilion from the day it opened until the day it closed. I have so many fond memories of working there and the experiences I had as a young woman meeting/greeting people and much more concerning my duties as a guide. In fact, I wrote a story called “When The 4th of July Was Everyday” which can be seen on Chris Medina’s fine website about the fair. It, also, can be seen on Texas Escapes. I never thought I would again hear some of the words from the film, US. MY Thanks!

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