The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 107, July 2003 - April, 2004 Page: 200
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Cover: "Governor's Palace Patio and Fountain." "C.T. Art Colortone"
giant linen postcard, made by Curteich, Chicago. From the collection of
The image of the patio of the Spanish Governor's Palace in San Antonio
dates to 1930-1933, and was used on a smaller format Curteich postcard
in 1933-1934; the giant linen postcard dates from the late 1930s or
1940s. The postcard states that the palace was "characteristic of Spanish
Grandees' Homes," and that it was "where Spanish Viceroys ruled with an
iron hand two hundred years ago." Kenneth Hafertepe's article in this is-
sue shows that such language was derived from Miss Adina De Zavala's ro-
mantic and idealized vision of eighteenth-century San Antonio. In fact,
there was virtually no hard evidence for any of the reconstructed features
visible in this postcard: the rear portion of the building, which Harvey P.
Smith designed in the early-twentieth-century Santa Fe style, the portales,
which he based loosely on nearby Mission San Jose, or Homer Fry's fan-
tasy fountain. Indeed, the term Governor's Palace is based more on mod-
ern Santa Fe than eighteenth-century San Antonio. In spite of all the flow-
ery talk about "grandees" and "palaces" and in spite of the overly elabo-
rate reconstruction, the Spanish Governor's Palace is of great significance
as one of the earliest Texas buildings to be preserved and restored for use
as a history museum.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 107, July 2003 - April, 2004, periodical, 2004; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101224/m1/200/: accessed January 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.