The Alamo Cenotaph is staying where it sits for now after members of the Texas Historical Commission gave themselves more time to vet a proposal to move the 1930s monument. 

At its meeting Tuesday, the commission chose to postpone until March its decision on City and State officials’ plans to move the stone monument to Texas revolutionaries killed during the 1836 siege by the Mexican Army. 

Texas Historical Commission Chair John L. Nau III said in a prepared statement that the commission wants more details on the status of work to restore the Cenotaph, a calendar for the first phase of the Alamo’s $450 million redevelopment, more rationale for moving the monument, and possible alternate locations closer to the iconic Alamo Church. 

“This delay will allow the applicants time to gather this information, which will allow our commission to make the most informed decision,” Nau said. “The commission will meet in two months to consider this, so there should not be an appreciable delay for the project.”

The proposal to move the Cenotaph to a new location 500 feet south of its current location has drawn opposition from many who don’t want to see it moved from where it has rested since its construction. 

Meanwhile, the commission approved two other Alamo-related permits, including a five-year permit for archaeological work related to utility construction at the Cenotaph’s proposed new location, and a permit for archaeological studies at a site proposed for tree planting. 

City Councilman Roberto Treviño (D1), a member of the Alamo Management Committee helping oversee the redevelopment, said in an interview Tuesday that the commission’s decision won’t delay the project. 

“The two pieces that were approved are allowing us to move forward on the necessary items like locating the utilities and archaeological work that has to happen,” Treviño said. “We’ll be ready in March to make sure we’ll answer all the questions they’ll have.” 

On Tuesday, officials with Alamo Trust, the site’s nonprofit manager, announced they had selected a joint venture between national firm Clark Construction and San Antonio-based Guido Construction to manage the construction of the first phase. Guido built the original base of the Cenotaph when it was completed in 1939, according to Alamo Trust. 

To restore and relocate the Cenotaph itself, the City and Alamo Trust have retained Philadelphia-area engineering firm CVM Professional, which has experience moving the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia and restoring the Washington Monument in Baltimore.

Brendan Gibbons

Brendan Gibbons

Brendan Gibbons is the Rivard Report's environment and energy reporter.