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Expansion of the San Antonio River

Began in late 1966 and designed by local architect O’Neill Ford, the ¼ mile extension of the San Antonio River connected the indigenous horseshoe shape bend of the river to the new convention center complex built for HemisFair ‘68. One of the main functions of the new extension was to utilize existing river taxi services to connect the many restaurants and hotels along the river with the entrance to the fair grounds located in the new convention center lagoon. Also included in the extension was a new two story office building to house the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce located at the mouth of the extension, as well as a small marina with a boat ramp from street level near the other end of the river extension where the river makes the 90 degree turn into the convention center lagoon.

Images

Below are images of the extension after its completion.