Famous Barns

Archives: May 2014


So glad everyone enjoyed the Field Trip last Friday.  As promised, here are a few of San Antonio’s Urban Barns for your self-guided tours.

1)  The Barns of Fort Sam Houston’s Caisson Section  — Established as an Army post in 1845 and moved to its current 3,000 acre site in 1876, Fort Sam witnessed the end of the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, the birth of military aviation, World War I and II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.  Still vital as the Army Burn Center, the San Antonio Military Medical Center, (SAMMC) and the Caisson Section (only two in the nation and the other serves Arlington National Cemetery). www.samhouston.army.mil/ASA/Caisson.html

2)  Mission San Jose Granary and Gristmill — There are so many types of agricultural structures … stables, barns, silos, mills and granaries … and without a doubt one of our most treasured (and oldest) is the gristmill and stone granary of Mission San Jose. http://www.nps.gov/saan/planyourvisit/sanjose.htm

3)  The Donkey Barn at the San Antonio Zoo  — In 1916 the local Rotary donated a dozen burros to Brackenridge Park and each donkey carried a child on a special tour of the park and zoo.  This barn was the donkeys’ home and stored hay.  It’s at 950 Hildebrand and will get a $ 500,000 restoration and become the New Education Center for the San Antonio Zoo.  http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Donkey-barn-to-get-500K-makeover-4163019.php

4)  The Pearl Stable  — Restored by Silver Ventures after its acquisition of the Pearl Brewery.  In 2011 the Pearl Stable hosted over 250 private events, everything from receptions, weddings and galas to a luncheon honoring Caroline Kennedy.  Built in 1894, the entry stonework has been replaced and the ceiling again showcases the original dark wood rafters, beams and decking from Ed Steves and Sons Lumber in San Antonio – the name still visible on some of the beams. http://d2pt85s5g7o5ef.cloudfront.net/_assets/History_of_the_Stable_and_Pearl_1.pdf  

5)  The Sullivan Carriage House at San Antonio’s Botanical Gardens — Designed by Texas Architect Alfred Giles, the carriage house was built in 1896 and moved in 1987 to its current site at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens in 1987.  It ‘s an example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture.  There are several architectural wonders at the Garden:   http://www.sabot.org/?nd=architecture

6)  The Stuemke Barn at the headquarters of the San Antonio Conservation Society — In 1982 the Society acquired the endangered Stuemke Barn from Frost Bank, which owned the barn and the land it was built on at 215 North Flores Street.  Curtis Hunt Jr., a master stonemason, insured the barn was reconstructed accurately.  Today it’s the Society’s additional meeting room and work space.  https://www.saconservation.org/OurHistory/PropertiesPurchased/SocietyProperties/tabid/153/ArticleID/28/ArtMID/526/August-C-Stuemke-Barn-.aspx

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