San Antonio Museum of Art building was once home to Lone Star Brewery complex

SAN ANTONIO – Inside the San Antonio Museum of Art is an in depth assortment of artifacts and vibrant items of artwork from everywhere in the world.

Mary Burch, chief cevelopment Officer of SAMA, not too long ago shared with KSAT how the building itself, can also be wealthy in historical past.

”The Lone Star Brewery is an iconic model, of course. It was began right here in San Antonio on this very place,” Burch stated. “Our building was built in the late 1800′s.”

In addition to being a brewery, the complex was additionally home to blacksmith outlets, bottling services, and stables.

When Prohibition occurred, the brewery closed and the building reopened a number of instances as a cotton mill, ice manufacturing unit, and auto restore store.

”When the Lone Star Brewery moved out, the signal was offered and went away,” Burch stated.

The building formally grew to become SAMA in 1981.

“When the owner of this sign got word that this was now a museum, he donated it back to the museum,” Burch stated.


Forty years later, the Lone Star Brewery signal and different artwork installations from SAMA are going to be used as backdrops for a digital gala supporting the humanities in San Antonio.

Celebration will function performances by The Ballet San Antonio, The San Antonio Chamber Choir, The Public Theater of San Antonio, and the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio.

”We 5 organizations acquired collectively and determined that we’re stronger collectively than we’re individually,” Burch stated. “The museum was fortunate because we could open our doors after a closure of nine weeks, but the performers couldn’t perform. They couldn’t have an audience and they couldn’t be together.”


With a rise in COVID-19 instances, the gala has been shifted to a digital format.

“This is a really special time to get all of these groups together,” Burch stated.

Find out extra details about the occasion, click here.

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