mid tex mod, the central texas chapter of Docomomo US, brings people together to celebrate a shared love of mid-20th century design. through advocacy, events, and education, we work to preserve modern movement buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes for generations to come.
Docomomo US Tour Day 2018: HemisFair ‘68 at 50
In 1968, to celebrate the city’s 250th anniversary, San Antonio hosted a World’s Fair with the theme "The Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas." Join Mid Tex Mod for Docomomo US Tour Day - themed "Public Spaces: Inside and Out" - as we look back, half a century later, at the history and architecture of the remaining 1968 HemisFair buildings and their place within the park’s recent and future redevelopment.
We’ll convene in the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures to hear from HemisFair scholars and experts. Historian Chris Medina will relate stories from interviews he’s conducted during his research as well as his collection of fair artifacts. Sherry Wagner, a member of the original HemisFair planning staff, will discuss the iconic Woman’s Pavilion. We’ll then embark on guided group tours of the former fairgrounds to visit extant and demolished HemisFair landmarks, and discuss what lies ahead for this National Register-eligible site and the various stakeholders invested in its future.
Admission includes the opportunity to explore the Institute of Texan Cultures’ Viva Hemisfair! exhibit between 3pm and 5pm, after the walking tours conclude.
ITC offers free, limited parking on site. There are two paid surface lots within walking distance of the museum. Attendees are encouraged to wear weather-appropriate attire and walking shoes!
About Docomomo US Tour Day:
The only national event of its kind, Tour Day is an annual celebration of modern architecture and design where the public and like-minded organizations across the country participate in a tour or event on the second Saturday and throughout the month of October.