The Alamo Plaza Better Block project is beginning to take shape with many local organizations and individuals taking part to help transform the area into a more inviting, historically appropriate and active public space.
In our last Better Block project, TBG Partners brought out a team to help build a series of outdoor seating combined with drum-barrel planters. This time around, they’re going to recreate some of the historic tables and chairs used by the historic Chili Queens who used to set out furniture for people travelling through the missions and plazas and provide food. Also, Preferred Landscape and Lighting will provide plants and foliage to the area.
Renowned local chef, Andrew Weissman, will be pulling out the stop to help create a romantic dinner and wine experience on Alamo Plaza. Andrew is teaming up with the Chef’s Coalition to provide an exciting menu for the evening of August 17th from 9pm to 11pm.
Alamo Beer Company will also be on hand to help celebrate Davy Crockett’s 226th Birthday. The legendary soldier and politician lost his life at the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. Famously before leaving Tennessee, Crockett was quoted as saying, “You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas!”
The ultimate goal is to create an inviting, romantic outdoor cafe experience so that residents and visitors feel welcome to sit and enjoy the area for longer periods of time.One of the major findings of the Project for Public Space’s research about the plaza is that people come, see the mission and leave because there are not enough gathering places and activities. The cafe will keep people there so we can tell the amazing story of the Alamo.
To tell the story we will have a lantern tour on Friday night lead by Bob Benavides of the San Antonio Living History Association, kiosks developed by Overland Partners and Lake Flato will be staffed by the Sons of the Republic of Texas on both Friday and Saturday and Native American story teller Isaac Cardenas will share Coahuiltecan/Apache history.
The technology firm Bibisi will be launching an interpretive QR code tour of the Alamo Plaza grounds. The idea is to get more people to understand the scale of the Alamo and the importance of its history.
Stephen Dyer of Garrison General Contractors will be leading a partial rebuild of the Alamo’s 1836 front gates using a ghost structure that will outline the original footprint of the mission’s entry point.
On Saturday, August 18th, between 9AM and 1PM, Casa Navarro will lead an adobe wall building workshop spotlighting the materials and methods that would have been used to build many of the state’s historic mission walls.
To help with the pre-build of the project, join us on August 10th from 5PM to 10PM, and August 11th from 9AM to 1PM at the former Express department store, at the corner of Alamo Plaza and Commerce Street. The facility has air conditioning, and truck access to make it easy for volunteers to participate. Teams will be constructing street furniture, planters, and more. Sign up here to volunteer.