New book by Doug and Michele McMurry, 100 Years Of Building San Antonio, full of photographs and the history of the development of what was the largest city in Texas.
A century ago, San Antonio looked very different. Tall buildings, freeway overpasses, and corporate headquarters campuses were absent. Nor was the city home to the biggest grouping of army installations in the US.
It was the largest city in Texas at the time, despite having little infrastructure. New buildings and the people who built them reflected the optimism and transformation in the economy that occurred after World War I and prior to the Great Depression. The development of the San Antonio River Walk was sparked by the construction of a dam in the 1920s. A world’s fair in the 1960s further established the Alamo City as a tourist destination and a leader in architectural innovation and building technology.
100 Years of Building San Antonio
“100 Years of Building San Antonio” reveals the stories behind such unique and iconic projects that have shaped San Antonio into America’s seventh largest city and the people who made them possible. It focuses primarily on commercial construction and notable renovations of iconic buildings.
According to Doug McMurry, it is also a story about how they invested in themselves and the environment that defines them.
Together with his co-author Michele McMurry, McMurry presents an entertaining and instructive narrative that takes place in real time. They use personal recollections of the people whose families pioneered the growth of Texas’s most distinctive city as well as material from archives and historical documents that have been lost in time.
Doug McMurry held executive positions with not-for-profit construction trade associations for 30 years before working in political campaigns and municipal, county, and state government. He has served on numerous city boards and committees and is a strong proponent of community service. In 2022, he was made an honorary member of the San Antonio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Over the course of more than two decades, Michele McMurry has worked as a professional writer and editor, creating content for businesses and creative agencies in the fields of marketing and public relations. She has likewise composed for and altered exchange, food, way of life, business and development distributions in Texas and then some.
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“100 Years of Building San Antonio: The People who Built the Seventh Largest City in the USA, 1923-2023”
By Doug McMurry, Hon. AIA San Antonio, and Michele McMurry
Imprint: Elm Grove Publishing
On sale: March 20, 2023 from all booksellers and online, worldwide, through Ingram and its distribution partners
ISBN: 978-1-958407-04-2 (soft cover) List Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-958407-03-5 (hardback) List Price: $34.99