The familiar archway at Hemisfair Park is gone. It was taken down Wednesday morning. While the structure may be iconic, it’s not historic. It was erected in 1988.
Its removal was part of the renovation of the park, said Hemisfair Real Estate Director Omar Gonzalez. He added, “It’s actually going to pave the way for us to run a complete street along East Nueva. So we’re going to restore the historic street grid that existed pre the 1968 World’s Fair.”
The archway may not be gone forever. Gonzalez said they will store it and look for future site locations to reconstruct it.