“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Father of the River Walk

February 8, 1902 — July 22, 1980

Father of the River Walk Marker Photo, Click for full size
By R. C.
1. Father of the River Walk Marker
Inscription. Robert H. H. Hugman, architect, revered for his role in development of the river walk, 1939-1941, opened his office at river level in this circular space in early 1941. He remarked at the time, "I opened my office at river level. When I did this, people said, in essence: 'I knew you were a dreamer, but now I know you are also a fool. You'll be drowned like a rat in your own hole.'"

In 1929, this visionary architect presented a master plan to the city of San Antonio for development of the Downtown River Bend. Hugman's plan proposed a balance between commercial and park-like qualities while maintaining the river's natural character and preserving old world architecture.

Hugman was convinced that the ideal future of the Paseo del Rio rested in preserving the historic character peculiarly San Antonio's own; that the flavor of our Spanish, Mexican, and Southwest traditions must be emphasized in all future development; that our "little river" should be treated as a stage setting on which people are transported to the unusual; that the river's tempo must be jealously guarded, remaining slow and lazy, in complete contrast with the hustle and bustle of street-level modern city life.

Robert Hugman's dream was to create a unique atmosphere through landscape and design from which San Antonio could identify with its past.
Father of the River Walk Marker Photo, Click for full size
By R. C.
2. Father of the River Walk Marker
As he once said, "Paseo del Rio's success will always lie in the unique, aesthetic and romantic appeal experienced by people who visit and wish to share it with others..."

Robert H.H. Hugman is rightly deemed "Father of the River Walk."
Location. 29° 25.438′ N, 98° 29.285′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is on East River Walk Street just north of East Commerce Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 431 E Commerce St, San Antonio TX 78205, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Beyer (within shouting distance of this marker); Commerce Street Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); 141st Infantry Regiment (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Torch of Friendship (about 300 feet away); 250th Anniversary of the Founding of San Antonio (about 300 feet away); Stevens Building (about 400 feet away); San Antonio Casino Club Building (about 400 feet away); San Antonio River Indian Springs (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Antonio.
Also see . . .  Biographical Sketch of Robert H. H. Hugman. (Submitted on May 19, 2010.)
Categories. EnvironmentNotable PersonsWaterways & Vessels
Building and Marker as Seen from the River Photo, Click for full size
By R. C.
3. Building and Marker as Seen from the River
Father of the River Walk Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., March 29, 2010
4. Father of the River Walk Marker
From Commerce Street Bridge.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,091 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.   4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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