Re-Imagining the Alamo Taking Shape

Re-imaginers hope to make the Alamo Plaza less confusing and less confused.

So far, the team working to redesign the plaza have used historical research, archaeology, and scientific analysis to try and better understand the history of the Alamo site.

They unveiled early, preliminary design ideas to the City Council Wednesday, focusing on eliminating car traffic through the area.

“Begin to calm down the site,” George Skarmeas of Preservation Design Partnership told KTSA News. “And allow the visitor to walk, because that’s the scale of the space, it’s not going through it with a car, it’s walking and approaching the site any human being would do 300 years ago.”

He said today’s sire is not like what it once was. He thinks a walk-able, clearly defined courtyard would recreate what the mission once was.

“If I’m in the middle of the site today, I cannot hear myself think, (it’s a) cacophony of sounds,” he said. “That’s a place of reverence.”

The goal, he said, is to use the Church, the mainstay of the Alamo through history, as the designer’s guiding light.

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