San Antonio's Historic and Design Review Commission has rejected an application for a hotel tower to be placed atop the old Joske's building downtown.
Even up until a minute before the last vote, no one could have guessed the final outcome of a vote by commissioners, who were torn over the decision. Half the members were for the project, and half were against. One member didn’t show up to the meeting because he is involved with the architects, Overland Partners, to restore the St. Anthony Hotel.
As the Texas legislature takes up the possibility of forming a commission to look at what it would take to transform the area around the Alamo, U.S. congressional leaders are also making strides toward the future integrity of the Missions.
State Rep. Mike Villarreal is attempting to create the Alamo Museum District Commission, a group that would study how to honor the Alamo as a national treasure.
The William B. Travis “Victory or Death” letter from the Battle of the Alamo is back in San Antonio. The letter will be on exhibit at the Alamo for 13 days -- the same length of time the fortress was under siege -- and then will be returned to the state archives.
Under the watchful eyes of dozens of police officers, state troopers carried the letter into the Alamo before an audience of hundreds.
The fourth-generation great-nephew of Col. William B. Travis read a transcript of his uncle’s letter as it was carried past the crowd and into the Alamo shrine.
In 1836, William Barret Travis famously wrote “Victory or Death” in his appeal for more troops during the Battle of The Alamo. 177 years later, the iconic letter is returning to the Alamo for a brief exhibit later this month.
Currently, the letter is safely held at Austin’s Texas State Archives and Library Building, away from the harmful UV rays that have deteriorated its condition.
After months of being closed for renovation, the gift shop at the Alamo is reopening on Friday with dramatic flare.
"The Alamo Gift Shop is vital to the daily operations because the Alamo derives most of its funding from proceeds from the gift shop," said Mark Loeffle with the Texas General Land Office, which now has control over the landmark.
He said the new Alamo gift shop is loaded with unique Alamo souvenirs for the tourist looking for that special relic of the shrine of Texas liberty.
Big expectations for new Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. The story of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the Alamo continues to play itself out with the latest revelations by the Texas Attorney General's report. Finally, the Texas Supreme Court issues an order for fast tracking divorce paperwork in Texas.
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas are responding with a polite volley of apologies while saying they want to focus on the future.
After a two-year investigation into the operations of the Alamo, the Texas Attorney General's Office called into question the stewardship of the popular Texan shrine – citing mismanagement, neglect and even criminal misconduct by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
An 18-month investigation by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Office concluded that the Daughters of the Republic of Texas failed to properly preserve and maintain the Alamo, misused state funds for its own benefit, failed to address conflicts of interest, and let its own organizational interests get in the way of acting in the best interest of the Alamo and the State of Texas.