Pearl’s Brewhouse: A Transformation

The hotel building was originally Pearl’s Brewhouse, built in 1894 and a San Antonio landmark since. The building was designed by Chicago architect August Maritzen in the Second Empire style.

In 2002, Silver Ventures purchased the property and began the conscientious renovation and adaptive reuse process that has created today’s Pearl, a vibrant culinary and cultural village.

The great effort of preserving of the structure of the building and adding the Texan style has created a very unique hotel interior.

Here is a refreshing idea of using the original brewing tube to create a private space for customers.

The courtyard and gardens are pleasant and beautiful.

Currently, it’s between $400 and $800 per night for a room with a king size bed. I don’t have pictures, but you can view these rooms via their website.

The hotel is named in honor of Emma Koehler, a towering figure in Pearl history. Emma ran the brewery after her husband and Pearl president Otto Koehler died in 1914. She was an ingenious CEO who kept the brewery going during Prohibition by converting operations to dry cleaning and auto repair, and making near beer, ice cream and soda. While other breweries were shutting down, Emma kept her entire workforce employed. She turned over control of the company to a nephew in 1933, but was a formidable presence at the brewery until her death in 1947.  —Wikipedia

The transformation of this 1894 brewhouse has not only preserved part of the local history but the legacy of Emma Koehler. It now is a beautiful place where people can enjoy.

For WPC: Heritage

Happy Thursday! 🙂

OWPC: Foreground

Jennifer Nicholewells has an array of photo challenges, including One Word Photo Challenge and Weekly Weather. The week’s theme is foreground. Foreground means art of scene or space around object that appears closest to camera.

Here is my entry:


Thank you for visiting! 🙂

Week 34 – Movement

M’s 52 Weeks Photo Challenge for this week is Movement.

Racing: This photo was taken in Austin during a major cycling event:

Exciting: As the waves moving forward, kids were so excited at the Southern California beach:

Relaxing: Canoeing with two birds at the Lady Bird Lake in Austin on a Sunday morning.

Do visit M’s fun, beautiful movement post !

Happy Tuesday! 🙂

Mobile Photo Challenge :BnW ( Museum of Pop Culture) And More…

Below is the original photo of the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle.

The Museum of Pop Culture is dedicated to contemporary popular culture. It was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2000 as the Experience Music Project.

The structure itself was designed by Frank Gehry, and resembles many of his firm’s other works in its sheet-metal construction, such as Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Gehry Tower.                         — Wikipedia

Sally D’s Mobile Photo Challenge for this week is Black and White.


The Future Of TV Is Here. Can Cable Survive? by Greg Satell

This is how “the future of TVis here” is working:

  • Every major manufacturer now offers “smart TV’s” that can access the Internet directly and a host of streaming devices, such as RokuAmazon Fire and Apple TV, just to name a few.

    Yahoo recently announced that they have acquired the digital rights to stream a NFL game this year.  Google, which owns YouTube and has two steaming devices on the market, Chromecast and Nexus Player, has already rolled out its Google Fiber service in five cities, with more on the way.

He concluded, “…However, the cable business, as we have come to know it, will soon be a thing of the past.”

Have you switched to Smart TV? Would you consider it?

I don’t have Amazon Fire and Apple TV yet for 4K smart TV, but am enjoying the wide availability of access. I have to keep reminding myself it’s a smart TV, not a large screen of computer.

Thank you for visiting! 🙂

WPC: Reflecting (Lakes in Alberta, Canada)

Alberta does lakes and mountains like Rome does cathedrals and chapels,

but without the penance.



The first lake is located by Calgary, Alberta, the second is Lake Minnewanka, and the third is the Lake Louise. Among all the lakes we visited in Alberta, Lake Louise the most beautiful place I have ever seen. I remember the lake area was so crowded with tourists, and everyone wants to take pictures of this beautiful spot.

In July, 2015, we made a trip to Alberta and stayed in Banff. I probably took more than a few hundreds of photos. 🙂

WPC: Reflecting


Highlights of WP 2017 (The First Four Months)

Here is the collection of my posts/photos ranked by WordPress based on the numbers of views.

#6 Wish: “Yes I am, I am also a Muslim, a Christian, a Buddhist, and a Jew.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Jude (Jude’s Photography) said, “Even in our darkest days there is gold if we look for it! That’s what your picture says to me. Quite beautiful Amy”

#5 Celebrating Chinese New Year in BBK:

Whippetwisdom  said, “Beautiful images Amy and I love how they wish their ancestors a good life in another world.”

#4 Raindrops:

Georgeta R. M, ” This macro lens of leaves with raindrops is just beautiful, a perfect and sweet symbiosis, and the little bird is so cute. Great capture ! “

#3 Shadow of The Rio Canyon:

Sally (lensandpensbysallycommented, “Amy, the Southwest is one of our country’s greatest gifts, and most be protected. Enjoyed your landscapes of sweeping expansions.”

#3 Shadow of Rio Grand Gorge Bridge

# 2 Secure Happiness

A very popular recipe! This was an easy click with my iPhone. I didn’t think about aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, didn’t worry about composition or lighting…

#1 So Small Yet So Beautiful:

Abrie Joubert, “Beautiful indeed. Like the raindrops us humans also change shape.”

Sue Slaght, “Amy I have seen a lot of beautiful photos on your site but these are extraordinary. The reflection in the droplet is stunning!”

From this collection, I have learned that viewers do care about stories of culture (Chinese NY in BKK, for example) and messages of well-being (e.g. Secure Happy). And, the Raindrop post have received a lot of fun conversations.

Thank you so much for being here and taking time to click and comment. I appreciate for your support and friendship. 🙂

CFFC: Isolated Subjects

“If you hone your reflexes, you’ll respond more quickly to capture a fleeting moment;

likewise, if you’ve developed your artistic vision, you stand a much better chance of capturing a moment creatively.”

“Creative Nature and Outdoor Photography” by Brenda Tharp

In The Magic Of Belle Isle, a young girl asks Morgan Freeman (Monte) to teach her to be creative. Morgan says, “Seeing what you don’t see.”
Weeks later, before he leaves the Belle Isle, he says to the girl, ” Six years ago, Mary died… and Jubal went with her. All doors closed, bolted shut. Until one day a nine year-old girl named Finnegan O’Neil showed up at my door and gave me back my legs. ” “How did I do that?” “By believing with me. That’s how I was able to dance in the moonlight.” “You danced?” “In my mind. I sure did.”

Thank you so much for visiting!

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