1960s overcladding is removed from a 1920s office building in San Antonio


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  1. Nobody mentions how the cladding was most likely installed to provide much-needed thermal insulation to a magnificent yet almost certainly inefficient house.

    I’m curious as to what they’ll do to ensure that the structure meets today’s environmental standards.

  2. I believe it would be fascinating to expose the old cladding on half of the building while keeping the 1960s cladding on the other. It’d be an interesting comparison.

  3. It appears to be ideal for a historic preservation project. I worked on a 1914 ten-story building that had been restored in 1966, and the original facade had been totally demolished. This seems to be mostly intact.

  4. It’s incredible to see how well this architectural jewel has weathered the cladding.

    In order to adhere to Modernism’s hegemony, many other similar structures had their decoration torn off or were simply demoed.

  5. The cladding is lovely, and it appears to be a nod to old Spanish colonial baroque architecture. Many baroque churches in the area where I live have those “pilars.”

  6. I sincerely hope that as much of the historic architecture as possible remains in the downtown area. It provides the neighborhood a distinct personality. It’s devastating to witness what gentrification and modernization have done to downtown Tucson. There is no charm left, and tons of historic buildings were demolished to make way for new high rises. sigh.

  7. When I was a kid, I was completely enamored with the building’s Midcentury design. It’s long been one of my favorite structures in the city. I was astounded to learn that it obscured something so lovely. Even more than the remake, I prefer the original. I’m hoping that whatever they put there is a success. Unless it’s yet another hotel.

  8. What were they thinking, anyway? Why would they spend money to cover up such a historically significant structure with something so sterile and uninteresting?

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