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Greater than 100 years in the past, outstanding surgeon Aureliano Urrutia arrived in San Antonio after being exiled in the course of the Mexican Revolution. Quickly after selecting Broadway Avenue simply north of downtown, he started work on Miraflores — one of many metropolis’s most historic and creative displays of Mexican tradition and sweetness.

Miraflores — a backyard lined with commissioned sculptures, intricate tiles and flowering vegetation pure to Mexico — is a reminder of San Antonio’s Mexican heritage.

However at this time, it’s a shell of its previous, and a few have taken up its trigger.

Students, conservationists and the town will host a symposium referred to as “Miraflores at 100 – del pasado al futuro” from 8:30 a.m. to midday Saturday on the San Antonio Botanical Backyard. The occasion will look at the backyard’s difficult historical past, what Miraflores means to the fashionable day San Antonio and what the long run might maintain for Urrutia’s masterpiece.

The symposium will function 4 audio system: Elise Urrutia, great-granddaughter of Dr. Urrutia and creator of “Miraflores: San Antonio’s Mexican Backyard of Reminiscence,” due out in March 2022; panorama architect John Troy; Trinity College Professor Jennifer Mathews, who chairs the college’s Division of Sociology and Anthropology; and John Phillip Santos, a distinguished scholar in Mestizo cultural research on the College of Texas at San Antonio. They are going to be adopted by a panel dialogue with Lynn Bobbitt, government director of the Brackenridge Park Conservancy; Donna Guerra, director of archives for the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Phrase; and Invoice Pennell, an assistant supervisor of park planning with the town of San Antonio.

What: Miraflores at 100 – del pasado al futuro

When: 8:30 to Midday, Sept. 18

The place: San Antonio Botanical Backyard, 555 Funston Place

Price: $8 for members, 15 for nonmembers, $5 for college students with ID

Extra info: sabot.org/occasions/symposium-miraflores-at-100-del-pasado-al-future


The symposium was conceived by Elise Urrutia and Trinity College Professor Kathryn O’Rourke, who will average the panel dialogue, to look again at Urrutia’s historical past and Miraflores’ affect in San Antonio.

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For Elise Urrutia, the backyard is a present to San Antonio and an expression of Mexican cultural heritage. For years, she has strived to additional perceive the way it represents San Antonio and why its reminiscence is essential.

“It belongs to San Antonio,” she mentioned of what her great-grandfather constructed. “It actually is a inventive creative expression. And identical to you take a look at a murals and attempt to discern what the artist’s intentions have been, you take a look at this backyard and also you see that his intentions have been fairly elaborate. The backyard is a metaphor for the Mexico he knew and cherished, however that’s simply the tip of the iceberg.”

Miraflores till now

Urrutia started constructing Miraflores in 1921, the 12 months his first spouse died. He purchased 15 acres, operating from Broadway Avenue and Hildebrand Avenue to the San Antonio River. And for the following few a long time, he constructed out the 5 acres alongside the river into his backyard, crafting roaming paths and deeply wooded areas, and dealing with sculptors and different artists.

In 1953, he bought 10 acres to USAA, and in 1962, when he was 88, he bought the 5-acre backyard to USAA as nicely.

Over time, the backyard fell into disrepair, Elise Urrutia mentioned. Tons of infill dust was introduced in, inflicting the land’s slope to vary. Sculptures have been knocked over, damaged, buried, eliminated or destroyed.

“Something that might have occurred to the backyard, occurred,” she mentioned. “We’re fortunate to have something left of it at this time.”