Office of Historic Preservation
Phone: (210) 215-9274
The Auditorium Circle Historic District consists of four
buildings and a war memorial plaza located along the northern
downtown stretch of the San Antonio River. The buildings
include: the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium (100 Auditorium
Circle), the Southwestern Bell Building (105 Auditorium Circle),
the Martin Wright Building (115 Auditorium Circle), and the
Havana Apartments (1015 Navarro).
The Martin Wright Building is a Mission Revival-style structure built ca. 1928 for the Martin Wright Electrical Company. The Havana Apartments were constructed in 1914 by architect Arthur J. Herrmann. The Mediterranean Revival-style building originally served as a residential hotel. In 1938 the building became a rooming house, and in the 1970s it was converted into apartments. The property was restored in the early 1990s and currently functions as the Havana Riverwalk Inn.
The war memorial plaza located south of the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium and bounded by Auditorium Circle, Jefferson Street, E. Martin Street, and the Southwestern Bell Building, features two sculptures. The War Mothers Memorial, a marble monument commissioned in 1938, is a tribute to the mothers whose sons served in World War I. Hill 881 South is a 1986 bronze statue memorial to the men and women who served in the Vietnam War. In 2006, City Council voted to officially change the name of the district from Auditorium Circle to Veterans Memorial Plaza Historic District.
Municipal Auditorium Dome, Entrance, and Tower Details