Humble Oil

Architect: Torres, Makar & Buck, A.I.A. – San Antonio, TX
Interior Design: William P. McFadden & Assoc. – Dallas, TX
Landscaping: Fred Buxton & Assoc. – Houston, TX

Humble Oil was one of the few exhibitors to use one of the historic buildings indigenous to the fair site for their pavilion. “Constructed about 1870 of masonry and select pine, this two-story structure primarily functioned as a warehouse for Herman Schultze’s near by retail store and hardware company”. (HemisFair Guidebook, 1968)

This pavilion also featured an exhibit and a 120 seat theater for a film showcasing methods of transporting people and goods past, present and future.

Pavilion Literature

Below are scans of brochure material from the pavilion. (Click on images for a closer look)


Below are images of the pavilion & connecting courtyard (Click on image for a closer look)

Enjay Chemical Co.

The Enjay Chemical Co., a subsidiary of Humble Oil, had a small exhibit within the pavilion. Below are scans of Enjay’s exhibit material from the pavilion. (Click on images for a closer look)

Pavilion Theater – ” My Name is Paul”

Located in the rear of the pavilion was a small five screen theater where visitors could see a 12 1/2 minute long film showing the various cultures of the Americas. The show and the theater were both designed by A-V Corporation of Houston, Tx, one unique design challange was working within the interior of the existing building built in 1879.

Below are scans from the August ’68 issue of “American Cinematographer” showing the theater interior. (Click on images for a closer look)

After the Fair

The building now called “The Pavilion” is currently used by the Hilton Palacio Del Rio hotel for special events.