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.
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.
Every major manufacturer now offers “smart TV’s” that can access the Internet directly and a host of streaming devices, such as Roku, Amazon 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.
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
“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.”