Downtown San Antonio
San Antonio is a unique American city that was named for St. Anthony when a Spanish expedition stopped in the area in 1691. The Battle of the Alamo, in which 189 Texians gave their lives for independence from Mexico, still stirs the fire of patriotism in the hearts of most Americans. To this day the same fire, along with love and passion for their city, exists in the hearts of most San Antonians. The town grew up around the Alamo and the nearby San Antonio River and this pictorial history of downtown captures the historic downtown area, which is still home to many of the original structures, plazas and parks.
Joan Marston Korte met her husband, an Air Force pilot, while serving as an officer in the USAF Nurse Corps. They came to San Antonio after his retirement in 1974 and moved to the Towers of the Majestic in 1993. She is the President of the Downtown Residents Association and serves on many city and community boards. David L. Peché is a native San Antonian. After spending five years in London, England, he moved to Los Angeles where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Multimedia. He is a long time collector of San Antonio history and ephemera, particularly regarding downtown.
About David L. Peche (San Antonio, Texas Author)
My journey to become a historian of Downtown San Antonio History was paved by the love and passion of history my parents instilled in me. My dad filmed my first moments on a canoe ride down the river to Casa Rio at the age of two. This love of filming carried on thru my life and lead me to film the implosion of the Stowers Building back in 1979. My mom saved newspaper articles on history and would pass them on to me through time.
After living in Los Angeles & London for 5 yrs each and earning my Bachelors in MultiMedia, I came back to my home of San Antonio and was inspired by Mayor Julian Castro’s message for SA2020. “What is your passion, how do you foresee San Antonio in the year 2020?” This lead me to write my first book Downtown San Antonio. It sold out 1200 copies on its release and in 7th publication now. Currently working on 3 books, San Antonio Historic Hotels- 2018, San Historic Restaurants -2019 & San Antonio Matchbooks 2020. I'm excited to be working with my new co-author, Edna Campos Gravehorst and will sign contracts soon. I've been a Caregiver for 11 1/2 yrs and for the last 3 yrs for my Mom & Dad. Life is a blessing.
About Joan Korte (Co-Author)
Joan Marston Korte met her husband, an Air Force pilot, while serving as an officer in the USAF Nurse Corps. They came to San Antonio after his retirement in 1974 and moved to the Towers of the Majestic in 1993. She is the President of the Downtown Residents Association and serves on many city and community boards.