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Goliad County
Goliad County
Texas Centennial

Memorial Auditorium and Stadium

Goliad State Park
Goliad, Texas

Hwy 183 and US 59

by Sarah Reveley
Goliad Tx Centennial Community Center Memorial Auditorium Carvings
Goliad Memorial Auditorium
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley
Memorial Auditorium and Stadium
Goliad State Park



The memorial auditorium adjacent to Goliad State Park is as pristine as the memorial museums in Austin and Corpus Christi. A plain rectangular box, it combines the austere architecture of the Mission Nuestra Senora del Espiritu Santo de Zuniga across the highway, with simple meaningful embellishments that tell the history of the area. Designed by Samuel Vosper and Raiford Stripling, the memorial was financed by a state allocation of $50,000 and a federal allocation of $20,000. The WPA added $5,000 to build sidewalks, parking, roads, and the athletic field, and clubrooms under the stadium.

[Texas Memorial Museum - Austin]
[Corpus Christi Centennial Museum]

The plaster work was done by Hannibal Pianta with HugoVilla, sculptor.
http://www.battersbyornamental.com/pianta6.htm

Hannibal Pianta was was born in Boccioletto, Italy in 1875. He immigrated to the United States around 1905, and set up shop at 509 Leal St., in San Antonio, Texas, with his father John, who already had an established business producing, primarily, ornamental capitals. John was the chief plasterer during the construction of the Texas State Capitol Building, as well as the Georgia State Capitol.
http://www.battersbyornamental.com/pianta.htm

Next trip I will check out the stadium, and try to get inside the auditorium; a huge carnival was in progress when I took these photos. The facility is still enjoyed and maintained by all.

This is the site of the Goliad County Fair.
Goliad Tx Centennial Community Center Memorial Auditorium
Goliad Memorial Auditorium
From "Monuments Commemorating the Centenary of Texas Independence", State of Texas, 1938
Goliad Tx Centennial Community Center Memorial Auditorium Exterior
Goliad Memorial Auditorium
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley
Goliad Tx Centennial Community Center Memorial Auditorium Entrance
Goliad Memorial Auditorium Entrance
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley
Goliad Tx Centennial Community Center Memorial Auditorium Plaque
Goliad Memorial Auditorium plaque
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley
Goliad Tx Centennial Community Center Memorial Auditorium Plaque
Goliad Memorial Auditorium plaque
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley
Goliad Tx Centennial Community Center Memorial Auditorium Plaque
Goliad Memorial Auditorium plaque
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley
Goliad Tx Centennial Community Center Memorial Auditorium Plaque
Goliad Memorial Auditorium plaque
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley
Goliad Tx Centennial Community Center Memorial Auditorium old photo
Goliad Memorial Auditorium and Stadium
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley
Goliad Tx Centennial Community Center Memorial Auditorium - carnival
A carnival in progress
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley
Goliad Tx Centennial Community Center Memorial Auditorium Plaque
Memorial Auditorium Goliad State Park plaque
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley
Sarah Reveley

Author's Note:
As you continue along the Centennial trail, it is pretty obvious that my best descriptions are the ones of the museums I have seen myself. So, if you have been to any of these, please tell us about it! Please email Sarah Reveley. - Sarah Reveley

See
[Texas Memorial Museum - Austin]
[Corpus Christi Centennial Museum]

See Goliad, Texas

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