Woolworth Building Honor is Potential Snag in Alamo Plaza Redevelopment

Another potential snag for the massive $350 million plan to 'reimagine' Alamo Plaza, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The Woolworth Building on Alamo Plaza has been designated by the World Monuments Fund as one of the 25 endangered sites worldwide which it has named to its 2020 World Monuments Watch, including all of the monuments which the organization fears are endangered and deserving of protected status. Other sites on the list include Notre Dame de Paris, the cathedral which was badly damaged by a fire earlier this year.

The Woolworth Building was the site of the first peaceful and cooperative desegregation of a public lunch counter anywhere in the Old Confederacy, in March of 1960, in an event that was referred to by Civil Rights and baseball great Jackie Robinson as an 'event which needed to be told around the world.'

The designation will lead to additional calls for the Woolworth Building to be preserved. The San Antonio Conservation Society has called for it to become a Civil Rights Movement museum.

Problem is--the Woolworth Building is right in the footprint of the planned renovation of Alamo Plaza. In fact, the building may be demolished or repurposed to make way for the planned 'world class Alamo museum' which will house the Phil Collins Collection of Alamo memorabilia.

This will add another wrinkle to the already raging debate over what to do with the Cenotaph, and a debate over the proper handling of Native American burials, which is already the focus of a lawsuit.

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