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Alexander Caragonne papers

August 12, 2013
Construction of Plaza Guadalupe, September 26, 1984, MS 360

Construction of Plaza Guadalupe, September 26, 1984, MS 360

Construction of Plaza Guadalupe, September 6, MS 359

Construction continues on Plaza Guadalupe’s ampitheater, September 1986, MS 359

Lighting of Plaza Guadalupe Christmas lights, 1988, MS 360

Lighting of Plaza Guadalupe Christmas lights, 1988, MS 360

Alexander Caragonne was an architect and author who co-founded the San Antonio-based firm Reyna/Caragonne Architects.  He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1960 and wrote The Texas Rangers: Notes From an Architectural Underground  about that time period at the UT Austin School of Architecture.  Caragonne received his Masters in Architecture from Cornell University in 1968 under the guidance of the late Colin Rowe, with whom Caragonne later collaborated on the three-volume As I Was Saying series from MIT Press. Caragonne was also an educator and taught throughout his career at the Universities of Texas at Austin and San Antonio, Harvard, Yale, and Cornell.

Among Caragonne’s prominent works in San Antonio were the Plaza Guadalupe, Brackenridge Park master plan, Gardendale and Loma Park elementary schools, Collins Garden Library, and an urban design concept for Broadway.  Said his partner Lee Reyna regarding Plaza Guadalupe, “[i]t was his design and his great public space. It got published in Architectural Record, then in Architecture magazine. It won a state design award from the Texas Society of Architects in 1985.” Plaza Guadalupe is on the city’s west side and was the site of Pope John Paul II’s 1987 visit and Senator Barack Obama’s visit in 2008.

Broadway 2000, 1:100 master plan original drawings, Alexander Caragonne papers, MS 412

Area south of I-35/I-37 interchange, including San Antonio Museum of Art, Broadway 2000, 1:100 master plan original drawings, Alexander Caragonne papers, MS 412

Special Collections recently acquired a small collection of materials from the estate Alexander Caragonne, including  drawings, sketches, slides, a copy of  Texas Rangers, and an unpublished manuscript on teaching architecture.  An online guide and inventory of the collection is forthcoming.

Sources:

– Caragonne’s architectural design work included the Plaza Guadalupe, Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, September 16, 2012
– Alexander Caragonne obituary, San Antonio Express-News, September 13, 2012

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