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Alamo History Chronology
1886 - 1912

  [ 1716 - 1813 ] [1817 - 1835 ] [ 1836 - 1885 ] [ 1886 - 1912 ] [ 1912 - 2005 ]


Letterhead of the Honore Grenet estate, showing the ornate wooden facade placed
The estate of Honore Grenet sells the Alamo convent property to Charles Hugo, Gustav Schmeltzer, and William Heuermann for $28,000.

Hugo, Schmeltzer, and Heuermann sell the convent property to Reagan Houston for $160,000.

The first Battle of Flowers is held in San Antonio, with a parade through Alamo Plaza.


Reagan Houston releases the Alamo property back to Hugo, Schmeltzer and Heuermann for satisfaction of the unpaid balance of purchase.

Adina De Zavala ca. 1936.

A San Antonio women's group led by Adina De Zavala affiliates with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and makes preservation of the Alamo one of its goals.


Postcard showing views of Alamo Plaza, ca. 1900s. From the Dorothy B. Peterson Postcard Collection.
Hugo, Schmeltzer and Heuermann convey the convent property to Hugo and Schmeltzer Co. for $75,000.

Postcard showing views of Alamo Plaza, ca. 1900s. From the Dorothy B. Peterson Postcard Collection.
Hugo and Schmeltzer Co. conveys the convent property to Charles Hugo for $75,000, subject to an option to purchase submitted by Clara Driscoll.


Clara Driscoll The Texas Legislature appropriates $65,000 for the purchase of convent property, to be delivered with the Alamo church, to the custody and care of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. At the request of the state, conditions regarding the use of the property are removed. Clara Driscoll conveys the convent property to State of Texas for $65,000. Claims to the property are relinquished by the Catholic Church, the City of San Antonio, and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. The title to the convent property is then conveyed from Clara Driscoll to the State of Texas, and custody is granted to the DRT.

A reconstruction of the Alamo convento proposed by Adina De Zavala in 1908.

Fearing commercial development of Alamo property, Adina De Zavala, granddaughter of Lorenzo de Zavala, the Mexican-born vice president of the Republic of Texas, barricaded herself in the convento, drawing national attention to the site. She desired that the mission period of the Alamo be emphasized and proposed that a two-story, arcaded convento be constructed as the principal structure (see above). Ladies led by Clara Driscoll supported a plan emphasizing the Texas revolutionary period, with the church as the principal structure.


The first motion picture account of the Battle of the Alamo, The Immortal Alamo, is filmed near Mission San José and Hot Wells Hotel.


The Alamo soon after the removal of the wooden facade from the convento, ca. 1912.

Governor Oscar B. Colquitt also favored a full-scale restoration of the convento and cancelled the order granting custody of the Alamo property to the DRT. The proposal to reconstruct the convento was abandoned when the lieutenant governor engineered the removal of the structure's second story during one of Colquitt's absences from the state. Led by Clara Driscoll, the DRT obtained an injunction preventing the state from initiating any reconstruction work on the property. Their case was upheld on appeal in 1913, allowing the DRT to remain as custodians of the site.

Next -- (1912 - 2005)


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