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The Alamo Master Plan

The Alamo Master Plan

On any given day at the Alamo, you'll see something like the scenes below on the 1836 battlefield, where Texas' heroes gave their lives. We want to change that.

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Currently, the Alamo Master Plan proposes a few key concepts toward its goal of preserving the 1836 Alamo battlefield:

Preserve the Alamo Church and the Long Barracks. Texas' most treasured historic buildings are in desperate need of repair. The Master Plan proposes that preservation work begins this year, preserving the buildings as they are today, so that future generations can visit and remember.

 

Remove entertainment attractions from the 1836 battlefield. Alamo Plaza and Alamo Street, which were both part of the 1836 Alamo battlefield, are currently owned by the City of San Antonio. The plan proposes removing current entertainment attractions from the battlefield and shifting ownership and care of these battlefield areas to the State and people of Texas.

 

Close Alamo Street (which currently runs directly on top of the 1836 Alamo battlefield) to vehicle traffic.

 

Create an Alamo museum, and the world’s largest exhibit on the Texas Revolution, in the buildings currently known as the Crockett Block, located across the street from the Alamo.

 

Restore and preserve the Alamo Cenotaph, which was erected in the battlefield area in 1939 (more on this in the FAQ section below).

 

Read the full Alamo Master Plan synopsis.

Design, Concepts & Programming

Many other aspects of the Master Plan, including concepts around design, materials, exhibits, and programming, have yet to be created. These concepts will be fully explored in the next phases of the master plan, and updates will be shared publically on official Alamo channels.

An early concept of structural glass walls was shared at a public meeting, however, the final Master Plan includes no walls. The plan does propose archaeology that would reveal the original Alamo wall footings so that visitors may see what remains of the original Alamo walls. 

These and other design concepts will be fully explored in future phases of the plan.

 

archaeology

Rendering of archaeology concept that would reveal what remains of the original Alamo walls.
This and other design concepts will be explored in future phases of the plan.

 


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Frequently Asked Questions

Are you renaming The Alamo?
No; no recommendation or proposal has ever been made to change the name.

 

Where/when will the Phil Collins collection be displayed?
The Master Plan includes a 100,000+ square foot museum that will be home to the world’s largest exhibit on the Texas Revolution, including hundreds of Alamo artifacts, and the Phil Collins collection, which features David Crockett’s rifle and James Bowie’s knife.

 

When will work begin on the Alamo and the Long Barrack?
The Alamo Church and Long Barrack are in desperate need of structural repair, and this year, we will begin the process to preserve these nearly 300-year-old buildings. We plan to restore these buildings as they are today, so that they undergo no further damage, and so that future generations may continue to visit, learn about the 1836 battle, and remember the Alamo.

 

What will happen to the Ripley’s entertainment attractions in front of the Alamo?
The Master Plan proposes to move these entertainment attractions off of the 1836 battlefield to a more appropriate location, to be determined by the business owners and the City of San Antonio.

 

Does the City of San Antonio/UNESCO have the power to make decisions about what happens to the Alamo?
No; the Alamo belongs to the citizens of Texas, and the State of Texas General Land Office (GLO) oversees daily operations, preservation, and care of the grounds and historic buildings. The UNESCO World Heritage Designation that the Alamo earned in 2015 (along with the four other San Antonio Missions) simply highlights the Alamo as a significant historic and cultural site. It does not affect ownership or operations in any way.

 

What are the plans for the Cenotaph?
The City of San Antonio owns the cenotaph and plans to repair and restore the monument, as well as add the names of additional defenders who were unknown when the cenotaph was erected in 1939. Discussion is ongoing about where the cenotaph will be located once restoration work is complete. One idea is to relocate the cenotaph (which means “empty tomb”) to the location of one of the funeral pyres, which would serve to restore the 1836 battlefield footprint and to properly honor the location where the defenders’ bodies were burned. Evidence indicates that two of the funeral pyres were located near St. Joseph Church on Commerce Street, and the third was some distance east of the Alamo’s church. While the City of San Antonio has made no final decision on the cenotaph’s future location, what is certain is the monument will be repaired, and it will always stand to honor the Alamo Defenders.

 

Will the battlefield area contain cafes and tourist attractions?
No; one of the key goals of the Master Plan is to restore reverence and honor to the 1836 battlefield. Today, the 1836 battlefield is covered with asphalt streets and sidewalks. Cars and buses drive across the soil where defenders took their last stand. Due to its current state, most visitors do not realize they are standing on sacred ground. The Master Plan seeks to close the street that currently runs through the 1836 battlefield and activate the area with educational programs, living history, ceremonies, and activities that honor the site.

 

Will there be a plexiglass wall at the Alamo?
No. We have not yet reached the phase of the Master Plan in which design concepts and materials will be determined. An early structural glass wall concept that was shared at a public meeting has been tabled.

 


Additional questions about the Master Plan?

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