Preview #5 of Tour Sites for VAF in Texas, May 2022

15 May 2021 11:00 AM | Christine R Henry
San Antonio, San Jose Mission. Photo courtesy of Ken HafertepeBecause FDR wanted to keep Texas in the Democratic fold, VAF members will see many landscapes of the New Deal. These include several military installations, but also the River Walk, La Villita, and especially Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo. Federal funds allowed for a thorough reconstruction/restoration of the building, and the recreation of quarters for Native American converts and for soldiers assigned from the presidio in town. Though the mission church as a whole is heavily restored, the façade is remarkably intact, complete with “ultra-baroque” statuary and other carvings in stone. Also intact is the baptistry window, known, thanks to romantic myth making of the 1920s and 1930s, as “Rosa’s window.” VAFers will enjoy sorting out the very old from the relatively new and contemplating what was then (for Texas) the still quite novel idea of historic preservation.
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