Alamo Renovation and Preservation Nov 13, 2007 12:05:31 GMT -5
Post by neferetus on Nov 13, 2007 12:05:31 GMT -5
The Franciscan missionaries led a cloistered existence. That is why it was customary in Spanish mission construction for the church to be connected directly to the chambers and offices of the friars of the mission. One only need look at the other San Antonio missions to attest to the truthfulness of this statement.
Alamo architectural expert and artist, Craig Covner, once suggested that the reason the Alamo church is set back from the quadrangle is that the first church may've initially been built flush with the Long Barrack and facing out onto the quadrangle, or plaza. Upon its collapse, the builders had to decide whether to clear away all the rubble and then build a new church on the same spot, or merely use the rubble from the first church to construct a new one directly behind it. If you look at the above variation on the Edward Everett plat, by moving up the existing church, it perfectly fills the gap between the church and the rest of the quadrangle walls. Hence, the back wall of the old church became the front wall of the new.