T. Irwin Sessions
San Antonio’s Historic Architecture
Sunday, March 20th 2016
About Tina Sessions: T. Irwin Sessions, Assoc. AIA, is a former resident of Lackland and Kelly Air Force Bases and the Alamo Heights neighborhood near Fort Sam Houston. Residing in San Antonio for over ten years fueled her interest in history and compelled her to investigate the city in more depth.
A graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, Sessions completed her Master of Architecture degree in 2012 with a certificate in Historic Preservation. Research within UTSA's Special Collections at the Institute of Texan Cultures revealed a superb collection of local historic imagery that can be seen throughout the work.
Sessions is the founder of the San Antonio Photographic Archive, a digital collection of photographs compiled to raise public awareness regarding some of San Antonio's more obscure historic structures, and to inspire documentation of historic fabric.
When not researching or photographing historic structures in San Antonio, Sessions likes to travel with her family, mainly to investigate historic structures elsewhere.
About San Antonio’s Historic Architecture: Spanish colonial missionary settlements established San Antonio as a junction between Mexico and the developing United States in the early 1700s. Because of its remote location amid both countries and its great distance from other cities, San Antonio became a crossroads for commerce, industry, and strategic military position on the wild frontier. Texas independence and the admission of Texas into the United States in the 19th century established a diverse cultural population and distinctive architecture that remains historically significant across the nation as it continues to gain attention on the world stage. The appreciation of historic architecture among its citizens has enabled San Antonio to retain a remarkably large catalog of important historic structures, which are often saved from destruction through relocation. Three centuries of steady growth, from 1700 to 2000, has resulted in an abundance of buildings that has generated a local legacy of multigenerational artisans and skilled craftsmen.