Day 75 365 Photos Theme #122 Girl

16 03 2009

San Antonio Tea Garden

Originally uploaded by needlepointernc

This is a picture of Chloe, our granddaughter, posing on the stone steps in the Japanese Tea Garden in San Antonio. Her Mom told her to walk away and then look back in a pose. She is a good GIRL and loves Guitar Hero right now. She can sing like her Mom and Grandma, but not her Papa Kevin! He can’t sing a note.

“In 1899, the San Antonio Water Works Company, through its president, George W. Brackenridge, donated 199 acres to the City of San Antonio for a public park. Between the quarry and San Antonio River to the east was an 11-acre tract of land owned by Mrs. Emma Koehler, widow of Pearl Brewery owner Otto Koehler. Mrs. Koehler donated this land to the City in 1915 for a public park and its location immediately adjacent to the abandoned quarry posed a challenge for City Parks Commissioner, Ray Lambert.

Lambert ultimately came up with the idea of a lily pond which eventually became the Japanese Tea Garden. With plans from his park engineer and no money, Lambert was able to construct the Garden. Between July 1917 and May 1918, Lambert used prison labor to shape the quarry into a complex that included walkways, stone arch bridges, an island and a Japanese pagoda.

In 1984, the area was rededicated as the Japanese Tea Garden in a ceremony attended by the Jingu’s children and representatives of the Japanese government. The garden underwent a renovation beginning in May 2007.

In recognition of the Tea Garden’s origin as a rock quarry that played a prominent role in the development of the cement business, as well as its later redevelopment as a garden, the site is designated as a Texas Civil Engineering Landmark, a Registered Texas Historic Landmark, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.”

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7 responses

18 03 2009
Iona

Beautiful child in a beautiful setting. Love the stone work and the garden. The pink of her top makes the photo pop!

18 03 2009
Madelaine

Perfect photo, she’s darling!

17 03 2009
Julie McLeod

Adorable!

Thanks for the info on the locale too….

17 03 2009
jmckiss

Terrific shot of that sweet little girl!

16 03 2009
KarenB

That’s a wonderful photo of Chloe! I can’t believe how much she’s grown and changed. She’s a major cutie. I like the stairs and the way she’s looking back at us.

16 03 2009
mary lou

Great photograph. She has such a cute expression.

16 03 2009
tmcchesney

What an adorable little girl (and what a model)! I want one of those! LOL! This is an awesome shot of her. I have been to the Japanese gardens and they are gorgeous! Thanks for all of the additional info – very interesting!

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