The final Alamo Master Plan has not even been delivered, much less approved. When it is, Commissioner George P. Bush and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg have final approval and will accept or reject any part of the plan. Both are united in preserving and reinforcing The Alamo so that it stands for at least another 300 years.
There is no plan to change or edit the history of The Alamo. The term “reimage” is referring only to the visitors experience at The Alamo. The Alamo has been consistently listed as one of the most disappointing landmarks in our nation. It is our simple goal to improve the visitor experience for guest and young Texans.
The 1836 battle will always be the focus of The Alamo. Since Commissioner Bush took over management, more has been done to tell the 1836 battle story then any time in modern history.
All tax dollars being spent on The Alamo are available to the general public through the Texas General Land Office and have been since Commissioner George P. Bush took office. In addition, any non-profits engaged in operations and restoration of The Alamo are available to the public. Tax returns are published on Guidestar which includes the spending of private funds.
The United Nations (UNESCO) World Heritge designation was requested and agreed upon before Commissioner Bush ever took office. The process to designate The Alamo as a World Heritage site started in December 2012, shortly before Commissioner George P. Bush announced his intentions to run for Land Commissioner. Please click here to see the initial document regarding designation. To this day, Commissioner Bush is proud to join previous Land Commissioners in protecting Texan’s property and rights as The Alamo site.
The Alamo deserves a first-rate museum to display its artifact collection as well as the Phil Collins collection. The museum will focus on the 1836 Battle of The Alamo and The 13-day siege. 1836 lives at The Alamo every day and always will.
The Cenotaph will always stand, but no final decision on the Cenotaph’s location has been made. The Cenotaph might be moved to where the Defenders’ bodies were burned, to honor the place which is currently unmarked.
Alamo Plaza has been designated “free speech zone” for several decades. It is in the heart of the 1836 Battlefied, which we belive in appropriate and not honoring ot those who died for Texas. It will be moved to an area outside the 1836 Battlefield walls, further restoring dignity and reverence to the Battlefield.
The structural glass walls were an early concept but have not been part of Master Plan discussions since May 2017. In fact, Commissioner George P. Bush and staff of the Texas General Land Office have publically stated they do not support adding a glass wall around The Alamo complex.
The 1836 Alamo Battlefield, which is under the current Plaza, street and sidewalks, probably did not have many trees. It was an open courtyard inside a fortress wall in front of the Church and Long Barrack. We first need to recapture the Battlefield under the streets and buildings and reunify it with the Church. The recaptured and restored Battlefield will have grassland and trees to provide a high-quality experience for visitors and downtown professionals.
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