10 thoughts on “Solo Serve Demolition Debris Spills Into San Antonio River

  1. Isn’t this really a part of the Veramendi Palace, which is one of the most important buildings in Sn Antonio and not just Solo Serve? Don’t need a response, just wanted to see if the facts check out for the story.

    Thanks

  2. I’m wondering why this historic building was allowed to be demolished anyway. Surely that much later facade could have been removed and the building repurposed. Was that considered before allowing the demolition?

  3. This wasn’t the first time. Reported in the Galveston News, November 23, 1878 – “Narrow Escape of Workmen” – The south wall of the Veramendi house, in consequence of excavating the cellar for a building, fell with a loud crash. Several workmen had a narrow escape.

  4. Hate to see the mishap, but glad no one is hurt. Also glad to see they are doing something with this section of downtown. The long vacant Solo Serve has been a clear reminder that much of downtown is still vacant and dilapidated. Development in this area is a good thing to help continue to revitalize downtown.

  5. I worked in the Rand Building across the street and remember going to Solo Serve and remember it closing. It’s great to see them doing something with this.

  6. Your report is [bogus]! OMG! a few pieces of plywood and 2×4’s went into the San Antonio River!!!! D0n’t worry about the thousands of lbs of chemicals, feces, non-point source pollution, oil, antifreeze, etc. that is washed into the SA river every day. That stuff isn’t important… the real hazards of the SA river is wooden material that accidentally was sent into the river and could be pulled out easily. Another Non-story!

  7. According to the 1922 SA Express, in 1897 the Veramendi Palace was condemned by the City Council, but a legal battle ensued and the owners contended that the city wanted to widen Soledad Street and avoid paying for the building. The owners won and the old building was spruced up. Ten years later it was completely razed and sold as a business site. Forty of the great hewn beams, of cedar, mulberry, and possibly walnut, were given to the Alamo, but I have yet to discover their location today.

  8. The plaque on the old building at the entrance to the Clegg Company was placed there originally by Adina deZavala with the Texas Historical and Landmarks Association to mark the site of the Veramendi house “where Ben Milam was killed and where Bowie wooed and won his bride Ursula Veramendi”according to the old list at the Conservation Society. The exact quotation has been lost, along with the marble plaque.

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