Local news reports showed plans for a 14-story hotel stacked on top of the Joske’s building and within steps of Alamo Plaza.
Several high profile historic building renovations in San Antonio, including the Joske’s Building at the rechristened Shops at Rivercenter, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, and the City of San Antonio’s Plaza de Armas complex, have revealed how meaningful interior spaces contribute toward a building’s sense of place.
While the battle over the future of Alamo Plaza rages in discussions between the City, state of Texas, historians, and conservationists, the Battle for Texas: The Experience exhibition at the Shops at Rivercenter is nearing completion with the addition of 250 Texas Revolution artifacts to the space.
The historic Joske’s building, vacant for 7 1/2 years after the departure of Dillard’s, has reopened in the Shops at Rivercenter after a massive two-year reconstruction effort and now is home to a collection of chain stores, restaurants, and a liquor store.
The month of May has not been a good one for those working to build a better downtown in San Antonio.