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Unique Foundations for the Future

Lucile Halsell Conservatory, San Antonio Botanical Garden

Created to inspire, made to endure

A past rich with natural beauty and elegant history isn’t complete without modern flair. Rapid economic growth since the mid-20th century has led to iconic, contemporary architecture designed by some of the most highly respected architects in the U.S. and unlike any other in the world.

The San Antonio Central Library is a colorful, “enchilada red,” geometric cubist structure designed by Mexico City architect Ricardo Legoretta. Inside, the main focal point is “Fiesta Tower,” a two-story, blown-glass sculpture created by American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly.

Following a $325 million expansion that increased its footprint to 1.6 million square feet, the transformed Henry B. González Convention Center opened in 2016. The innovative, eco-friendly design features flexible spaces, advanced technology and public art installations celebrating San Antonio’s history and culture.

La Antorcha de la Amistad (Spanish for “The Torch of Friendship”) is a 65-foot tall, enameled iron, orange-colored sculpture in downtown San Antonio that was created by distinguished Mexican artist Sebastián and presented to the city as a gift from the Mexican government. View More San Antonio Landmarks.