September 27, 2021

The architect of the McNay and San Antonio's first skyscraper designed this 1932 mansion

Renowned San Antonio architect Atlee B. Ayres' legacy includes the sprawling home that later became the McNay Art Museum, the exterior of Municipal Auditorium and the 30-story Tower Life Building, the city's first skyscraper. From 1914 to 1917, he even served as Texas' state architect.

While most of Ayres' residential work during the '20s and '30s was in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, he also delved into other styles. One example is this column-fronted 1932 mansion north of Fort Sam Houston, which recently hit the market for $1.5 million.

The five-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home spans some 5,800 square feet and includes two fireplaces, a dramatic entryway staircase and a library with elegant floor-to-ceiling wood paneling. A bronze statue of stag keeps watch over the back portion of the 1.14-acre lot.

This home is listed by Rick Kuper with Kuper Sotheby's International Realty.

All photos and listing info via Realtor.com.
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The architect of the McNay and San Antonio's first skyscraper designed this 1932 mansion
The architect of the McNay and San Antonio's first skyscraper designed this 1932 mansion
The architect of the McNay and San Antonio's first skyscraper designed this 1932 mansion
The architect of the McNay and San Antonio's first skyscraper designed this 1932 mansion
The architect of the McNay and San Antonio's first skyscraper designed this 1932 mansion
The architect of the McNay and San Antonio's first skyscraper designed this 1932 mansion
The architect of the McNay and San Antonio's first skyscraper designed this 1932 mansion
The architect of the McNay and San Antonio's first skyscraper designed this 1932 mansion
The architect of the McNay and San Antonio's first skyscraper designed this 1932 mansion
The architect of the McNay and San Antonio's first skyscraper designed this 1932 mansion