San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Father of the River Walk
February 8, 1902 — July 22, 1980
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
Robert Hugman's dream was to create a unique atmosphere through landscape and design from which San Antonio could identify with its past. 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."
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Waterways & Vessels.
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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 431 E Commerce St, San Antonio TX 78205, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); Commerce Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 141st Infantry Regiment (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 250th Anniversary of the Founding of San Antonio (about 300 feet away); The Torch of Friendship (about 300 feet away); Stevens BuildingSan Antonio Casino Club Building (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
Also see . . . Biographical Sketch of Robert H. H. Hugman. (Submitted on May 19, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 11, 2010, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,778 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 11, 2010, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. 4. submitted on May 19, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.