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Sunken Garden Amphitheatre
San Antonio, Texas

On North St. Mary's Street between Mulberry Avenue and the Zoo.

by Sarah Reveley
Sunken Garden Amphitheatre, San Antonio, Texas
Photo courtesy Justin Parr, 2007

San Antonio - Sunken Garden Amphitheatre

Where else but Texas can you sit in a rock quarry and enjoy comedy, Shakespearean drama and concerts ranging from jazz to hard rock?

Originally a rock quarry used from 1880 until 1908, the Sunken Garden Amphitheatre is a hidden treasure next to the recently-restored Sunken Gardens. The abandoned quarry’s transformation began in 1915, when the City built a lushly landscaped lily pond named the Japanese Garden, and a huge landscape with patterns formed by rocks and flowers called the Texas Star Garden. A movement was on to create an open air theatre, which was finished in 1930. Renovations for the Texas Centennial included dressing rooms, stage improvements, roads, walks, and landscaped grounds. A concession area was built by the NYA in 1937.

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Sunken Garden Amphitheatre, San Antonio, Texas vintage image
From "Monuments Commemorating the Centenary of Texas Independence", State of Texas, 1938
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Sunken Garden Amphitheatre gate, San Antonio, Texas
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley, 2008
Sunken Garden Amphitheatre, San Antonio, Texas
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley, 2008
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Author's Note: As you continue along the Centennial trail, it is pretty obvious that my best descriptions are the Centennial structures I have seen myself. So, if you have been to any of these, please tell us about it! Please email Sarah Reveley. - Sarah Reveley


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