New plan for the Alamo approved by San Antonio city council

A proposed plan for a redesign of the Alamo calls for more open space and glass walls outlining the original footprint. (Photos: Texas General Land Office)

The San Antonio city council approved plans on Thursday to move forward with a new master plan for the Alamo.

The plan, which was approved unanimously, calls for restoring the church and long barracks on the Alamo grounds. The current structure of the church is failing.

The new design will also outline the historic footprint of the mission. Several streets will be closed around the Alamo, including parts of Alamo Street. A new museum will also be added.

The city council emphasized that their approval of the master plan does not indicate approval of a design.

Last month, a controversial vision calling for closing down streets, adding glass walls and building a museum was revealed.

Alamo Plaza will become a larger public square, with Alamo Street closed to cars from Commerce Street to Houston Street. Part of Crockett Street will also be shut down.

Glass walls will be built to highlight where the compound walls stood in the 1700s, and visitors will have only one entrance - the original south gate.

The Alamo Cenotaph, a memorial honoring the Alamo defenders, would be dismantled, repaired and relocated.

With the council's vote now in the books, the Alamo Management Committee will find architects for the museum and plaza.

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