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Club Giraud transformed from wallflower buildings to social star

Club Giraud started as part of the Ursuline Academy in the 1850s before becoming a private club that supports Southwest School of Art. → Read More

San Antonio’s ‘favorite rural restaurant’ — Wolfe’s Inn — changed hands, not menu during its seven decades

Wolfe’s Inn could have been the setting for a Hallmark Christmas movie but was a real... → Read More

San Antonio Bears took on Detroit Tigers in historic exhibition game

Before there were Houston Astros or Texas Rangers, there were minor-league baseball teams... → Read More

Half a century later, lone fireplace still looms on empty West Side lot

The fireplace is the last remnant of a home in the Lake View area overlooking Elmendorf... → Read More

Foundation behind push for San Antonio’s Medical Center marking 75th anniversary

The San Antonio Medical Foundation was formed in 1944 to help push for a medical school,... → Read More

Tejano duo René and René enjoyed a brief, dazzling celebrity

René Ornelas and René Herrera had hits that reached the Billboard Hot 100, appeared on national television and shared bills with the Beach Boys and José Feliciano. → Read More

Argyle Club house evolved along with Alamo Heights

At the center of the large, plantation-style mansion is the original house, which has been identified as one of the two oldest structures in the community. → Read More

Calling all readers: Looking for clues to solve mystery of metal discoveries

Reader looking for clues about two of his metal-detector finds: A marker with an unusual... → Read More

Separated by zoning: Neighboring schools in San Antonio kept segregated for decades

The differences between McKinley Elementary in the 400 block of East Magnolia Avenue and Gonzales Elementary in the 500 block of the same street grew more pronounced as time passed. → Read More

San Antonio’s first junior high schools broke new ground in preparing students for life

As the first of its kind, San Antonio’s junior high system was shown off to conventions of educators, talked up by the Chamber of Commerce and used as a selling point by real estate agents. → Read More

Postcard scene of Spanish Governor’s Palace in San Antonio may have been work of artist/activist Rena Maverick Green

Mary Rowena “Rena” Maverick Green was part of two influential families and an influencer in her own right — as an activist, civic reformer, historic preservationist and artist. → Read More

Reader’s Alamo Heights house was frontiersman’s last home

William H. “Captain Billy” Renahan who had been a Union Army scout, a cowboy on the... → Read More

The Robertson clan lived large in San Antonio and Austin

The Robertsons studied abroad, built fabulous houses and moved around the country at... → Read More

Cultural San Antonio icons spared in fiery road crash

Berta Almaguer, who trained generations of folkloric dancers, isn’t listed as one of... → Read More

Wine, cheese and a swing were staples of North Side’s Old San Francisco Steak House

The steak restaurant was developed in anticipation of increased tourism tied to HemisFair... → Read More

Tower of Americas’ tophouse tumble led to legal tussle after HemisFair ’68 in San Antonio

Contractors faced one obstacle after another while building the San Antonio fair’s theme structure, including the toppling of the tophouse after three lifting rods gave way, leading to the lawsuit. → Read More

From club days to restaurant era, San Antonio’s Red Carpet served up style

The legendary downtown restaurant was one of those rare business ideas for something a... → Read More

Two-room school near Cibolo served its rural community for nearly 90 years

The rural school was founded in 1877 to serve families of the primarily German settlement... → Read More

Purpose of San Pedro Avenue’s ‘extra’ right of way a puzzle

An undated photograph that appears to have been taken in the late 1950s to early ’60s shows an unusually wide place along San Pedro Avenue at Jackson-Keller. → Read More

It may be a Big Pig, but its trail through San Antonio is still hard to trace

A small, pig-shaped building was constructed according to a patented design. It was put... → Read More