University of Texas San Antonio

Inventory of the Alexander Caragonne papers, 1967-2011

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Caragonne, Alexander.
Title: Alexander Caragonne papers
Dates: 1967-2011
Creator Abstract: Alexander Caragonne was an architect who co-founded the San Antonio-based firm Reyna/Caragonne Architects. He was also an author and educator who taught throughout his career.
Content Abstract: The bulk of the collection consists of architectural plans, photographs, slides, manuscripts, and assorted print materials.
Identification: MS 412
Extent: 7 linear feet (1 box, 2 shelves of plans)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: The University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Biographical Note

Alexander Caragonne was an architect who co-founded the San Antonio based firm Reyna/Caragonne Architects. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1960 and wrote The Texas Rangers: Notes From an Architectural Underground, which chronicled Caragonne's time at the UT Austin School of Architecture. Caragonne received his Masters in Architecture from Cornell University in 1968 under the guidance of the late Colin Rowe, with whom Caragonne later collaborated on the three-volume As I Was Saying series from MIT Press. Caragonne was also an educator and taught throughout his career at the Universities of Texas at Austin and San Antonio, Harvard, Yale, and Cornell.

Among Caragonne's prominent works in San Antonio were the Plaza Guadalupe, Brackenridge Park master plan, Gardendale and Loma Park elementary schools, Collins Garden Library, and an urban design concept for Broadway Street in San Antonio. Plaza Guadalupe was Caragonne's greatest public space design. His achievement was published in Architectural Record and in Architecture magazine and won a design award from the Texas Society of Architects in 1985. Plaze Guadalupe, located on the west side of San Antonio, was the site of Pope John Paul II's 1987 visit and Senator Barack Obama's visit in 2008.

Scope and Content Note

The collection is comprised of architectural plans, photographs, slides, manuscripts, and assorted print materials. The materials are organized in the following series: architectural plans, manuscripts, photographs, and print materials.

Organization of Collection

Architectural Plans
Print Materials


Access Restrictions

This collection is currently housed at UTSA's Hemisfair Campus and must be accessed via the Institute of Texan Cultures Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use our Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Index Terms

Personal Names
Caragonne, Alexander
Reyna/Caragonne Architects.
Architecture--Conservation and restoration--United States.
Architecture--United States--20th century.
Architectural documents.
Architectural drawings (visual works).
Local Subjects
Architecture/Historic Preservation

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by Alexander Caragonne at the date of accessioning.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alexander Caragonne papers, MS 412, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Donation from Margie M. Shackelford in April 2013 (Accession 2013-023).

Processing Information

Processed by Melissa Gohlke, Library Assistant, July 2015.

Inventory of the Alexander Caragonne papers

Architectural Plans

A.9.9.1-A.9.9.2 Detalles de la Fuente, La Bobeda y Cambiandos al Dormitorio 2,1997
Lee/Ellis house presentation originals, undated
Magnet High School for the Arts, San Antonio, TX, 1998
Unidentified residences, undated
Unidentified buildings, undated
Original blueprints 2703 Marlborough, 1967
Map of Paris 1871 reproduction, undated
Coleman residence Monarch Bay originals, undated
Texas Theater/Bank prints, undated
Residence for Mr. and Mrs. Harold Price, La Jolla, CA, undated
2703 Marlborough as -built original house/furniture layout, undated
Correo 36 originals, undated
Brian and Kathy Folie de Grand original, undated
Consey Beach original/presentation originals, undated
Consey residence/Chicago concept sketches, undated
White House originals/presentation originals, undated
Prospective clients, undated
Plan of the third story in the castle at Newcastle upon Tyne, undated
Minnesota State Capitol competition, undated
Ann and Steve farm, undated
Dana Point Harbor, undated
Museum shop for Newport Harbor Art Museum, undated
High Irvine presentation originals, undated
Broadway 2000 proposed redevelopment prints/master plan originals/base maps, undated
Folk art museums UTSA originals, undated
McCloskey/Pipe Creek caretaker's house, undated
Rancho Mirage original drawings, undated


1 Notes on the Texas Rangers: A Short History of the Teaching Program at the University of Texas School of Architecture, 1953-1958,1992
Essay: World Trade Center site proposals,2003
The Texas Rangers: Notes from an Architectural Underground,2011
Teaching Architecture, Parts 1-3, unpublished manuscript, 2011


1 Slides,1971-1972 and undated
With site plans and renderings, 1968-1988 and undated
Broadway, Highway 281, undated
Job sites, undated

Print Materials

1 Articles, 1982-1999 and undated
Lamp catalog, 1986
Design books, 1996-2000