On North St. Mary's Street between Mulberry Avenue and the Zoo.|
courtesy Justin Parr, 2007|
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.
From "Monuments Commemorating the Centenary of Texas Independence", State of Texas,
postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/ || |