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Public Buildings.-The Alamo church, amply treated elsewhere. The
Federal Building affording accommodation for the Federal Court and Postoffice
(for dates see calendar) was designed by M. E. Bell, of Chicago, who was super-
vising architect at Washington under President Arthur's administration. The
original plan was modified, in the direction of economy, by W. A. Freret, of
New Orleans, during President Cleveland's term. Mr. Gordon of this city being
appointed architect in charge, again re-arranged the building in its present form.
Under his direction, the structure grew to be the beautiful mediaeval dream that it
is. Its details are worthy of careful study. The style may be called Richard-
sonian Romanesque with a touch reminding one of Lombardy and the South of
France. Notice the tower and the bold angle turret-the arcades whose pro-
portions are so cleverly relieved by the flight of approaching steps-the beautiful
mass of the building, and the construction and outline of the tile roof.
The City Hall, a Renaissance Building designed by Mr. O. Kramer, and
now nearing completion on Military Plaza. Its location is the best possible one,
and the effect of the four white facades of native lime-stone relieved by pink
granite columns, is extremely fine.
The County Jail is a massive and serviceable building designed by Mr. A.
The County Court House on Soledad street by the same gentleman completes
the list of public buildings.
Phillipines. What came of this we are unable to say. The field notes of the town tract are as follows :
F. I pp. 28, 29. REPUBLIC OF TEXAS,-COUNTY OF BEXAR..
COUNTY SURVEYOR'S RECORDS.
BEXAR COUNTY. Field Notes of the survey of the lands claimed by the Corporation
of the City of San Antonio, made under an order of the District Court of Bexar County, at the Sept. term, 1845.
Beginning at an old stone dam on the Concepcion ditch from the southeast corner of which a pecan 30 in.
in diameter bears south 270 west, 7% varas, this place being pointed out to me as the presita of the Concepcion
ditch, by Rafael Herrera and Manuel Cadena.
Thence north 83 east, 6800 varas to a pecan tree 10 in. in diameter, on the west bank of the Salado creek,
marked x from which a pecan 9 in. in diameter bears south 70 west, . vara; a pecan 13 in. diameter bears
north 58, west 16% varas. This point was shown to me as the Paso Hondo on Salado, by Rafael Herrera and
Thence north 3510 west, 3790 varas to a stake set on the top of a hill from which a mesquite 8 in. in
diameter bears north 23% west, 421 varas, a mesquite 3 in. diameter, bears north 840 west 4% varas, this be-
ing pointed out to me as the Lomita Devisidera, by Manuel Cadena.
Thence north 25% west, 4,700 varas to a mound of rock, shown by Pedro Flores and others as one of the
corners of this tract. Thence north 522 west, 10,000 varas to a pile of rocks round the roots of a live oak tree,
now nearly destroyed by fire, from which a live oak 15" diameter bears south 750 east, 9 varas, a live oak 9" diam-
eter bears south 186 east, 7 varas. This point is between the Almas (sic) and Norillo creeks, and was shown to
me by Manuel Cadena as one of the corners of this survey. Thence south 290 west, 11,775 varas to a stake set
on the east bank of a small creek at a water hole from which a hackberry on west side of the creek bears south
850 west, 50 varas, a mesquite 2 in. diameter, bears south 360 west, 12I2 varas, this point being shown to me by Do-
mingo Bustillo, Delgado and others as one of the corners of this survey, called the real of San Nicolas, or Tomas
Hernandez. Thence south 12,910 varas to a stake set on the east bank of the Leon creek, at the present crossing
of the road leading from San Antonio to Jett's rancho, from which a musquite (sic) 16 inches diameter, bears
north 9 east, 83 varas, a musquite 3 inches diameter, bears south 64 east, 35 varas. This point shown to me by
Manuel de la Garza and Delgado as the pass of the acalitos and one of the corners of this survey. Thence
south 28 o east, 2400 varas to a cottonwood tree 12 in. diameter in the bed of the Leon creek, from which a pecan
6 in. diameter bears south 57 east, 5 varas, a pecan 6 in. diameter bears south 14' O west, 8% varas. This
point was shown to me by Pedro Flores and others as the L'Aguila, (sic) one of the corners of this survey.
Thence north 372/ east, 12,610 varas to a pass on the San Pedro creek, shown to me as the Paso Nogalitos by
Pedro Flores and others as one of the corners of this survey. Thence south 881 O east, 2655 varas to a stone
dam, the place of beginning, including within its limits thirty-eight thousand acres of land.
This survey was commenced on the 1st and ended on the 11th day of February, 1846. Nathaniel Melt a
and James Cocks, chainmen, who were duly sworn. Bearings marked X
Then follows John James' sworn certificate of Survey. This survey does not actually close, and was after-
wards corrected as to course and distance by Giraud. The natural marks, however, here described are the
basis for establishing the boundaries of the Town Tract.
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