San Fernando Cathedral

San Antonio, Texas

Located at the historic center of the city, San Fernando Cathedral and its surrounding plazas served as the center of daily life in San Antonio throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. The Cathedral is part Spanish Colonial, dating from 1739 and part French Gothic from an 1850’s addition.

This is the oldest cathedral in the United States. The Team prepared the master plan, the design, and the documents for the historic restoration and expansion of San Fernando Cathedral over the course of a four year period.

The restoration focused on stabilizing deteriorating conditions, enhancing the liturgical environment, and relieving some of the stresses associated with overuse in a busy and vibrant parish community. In addition, rigorous attention to historic guidelines and details have preserved the buildings’ history and heritage as one of the most important structures in the State of Texas. Expansion of the Cathedral Complex includes a new Cathedral Centre on the South of the Cathedral that defines an enclosed exterior plaza.


Historic District Building

Main and Military Plaza Historic District


  • 2006 AIA – Interfaith Forum on Religion Art and Architecture
  • 2005 San Antonio Downton Alliance – Downtown’s Best
  • 2005 AIA – San Antonio Chapter – Honor Award
  • 2004 AIA – San Antonio Chapter – Recognition Award
  • 2004 AIA – Minnesota Chapter – Honor Award
  • 2004 Preservation Texas – Honor Award
  • 2004 AIA – San Antonio Chapter – Recognition Award
  • 2004 San Antonio Conservation Society – Preservation Award
  • 2003 Associated Builders & Contractors – National
  • 2003 Associated Builders & Contractors – Excellence in Construction Award

Industry: Religious

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