After several years of meetings and planning, the first phase of the Alamo Plan is underway now. This is the first step towards making the Alamo Plan’s core principles a reality, which includes restoring the historic structures, delineating the historic footprint, creating a sense of reverence on the historic battlefield, and the creation of a world-class Alamo museum to tell the 300+ years of layered history at the site. You can find more information on phase one and the Alamo Plan in general, on theAlamo.org.
With preservation work underway inside the Long Barrack and the Church, phase one of the Alamo Plan will include: Street closures around the Crockett and Menger Hotels, widening parts of Bonham Street, landscape design architecture and lighting on the south end of Alamo Plaza near River Center Mall and Crockett Street, and the restoration of the Cenotaph. The orientation of the Cenotaph is to be determined by the City of San Antonio.
The process of restoring and repairing the Cenotaph will occur onsite in the Plaza, in a protected but visible environment. The safest way to restore the structure is by carefully disassembling it piece-by-piece, allowing for the conservation of the individual stone elements and for repairs to address both exposed and potentially concealed damage.
Without ever leaving Alamo Plaza, a team of engineers and materials scientists will clean, restore, and conserve the marble and granite stones, completely within view of the public.
Visitors can watch the restoration work live, as it happens, in Alamo Plaza.
There are 35 inaccuracies on the list of defenders on the cenotaph today, and more than 10 defenders do not have their names on it. The Alamo is working with interpretive experts on the best way to present an accurate list of known Alamo defenders, though at this time, the method by which the names will be presented is not yet known.