Japanese Sunken Garden/Brackenridge Park – 11/23/2019

This garden was originally created around 1917 by Ray Lambert with the use of prison laborers.  It was completed in 1919 and Kimi Elizo Jingu was hired to oversee the gardens.  The city built them a stone house.  In 1926, Jingu opened a tea house in this home.  The garden became known as the Japanese Garden.  The family was evicted in 1942 because of anti-Japanese sentiment and the garden was renamed Chinese Sunken Garden.  In 1984, the garden was rededicated as the Japanese Tea Garden in a ceremony attended by the Jingo’s children and representatives of the Japanese government.   (info from the NRHP Nomination Form).

Sunken Garden Theater Entrance Gate.  It was placed during the Texas Centennial celebration.

Chinese Sunken Garden Gate is designed like a pagoda.  It is work done by Dionicio Rodriguez making cement look like wood.

Large pavilion overlooking the sunken garden.

Cement chimney reminds us this area was a cement plant.

Start table volunteer – Ellen.  Greeter – Joanne.

Looking down into the garden.

View of the pavilion as we circled the garden.

Beautiful flower reflected in the pond.

We left the garden and entered Brackenridge park where we saw this little train.

Picnic table is another creation of Dionicio Rodriguez.  We were off route here (we missed a turn and was wandering around trying to get our bearings in the park.

The little railroad bridge.

Water lilies were blooming in the river.

A row of bath houses (1925) designed by Emmett Jackson next to a gravel lined pool in the natural river channel.  Concrete steps leading down to the river are deteriorated.  The roof is gone from the bath houses and there are signs warning people to keep off.

Not sure what this building is.

This is another building I can only guess at.

This 1890 bridge was moved here and the National Youth Administration (part of the WPA) has a marker stating that they worked on the project.  We saw another volksmarcher here and was able to get back on the official walk route.

This is part of the Witte Museum Complex.  It is called the HEB Treehouse.

Dionicio Rodriguez Bridge is a 98′ faux wood bridge made of cement erected around 1926.

Walker ahead of us at the checkpoint.

Andy was working the checkpoint.

Water drain on the back of the bathrooms.  Building was erected in 1926.  

First Water Works Pump House – Erected in 1877. (oldest intact industrial building remaining in San Antonio).

Joske Pavilion- The structure of dark random-coursed stone was designed by Emmett Jackson and erected in 1926.

Picnic area south of Joske Pavilion was created by the WPA 1938-1940.  Concrete pads around the tables were added later as were the water fountains.

“Quercus” by Susan Budge, erected in 2005.

Stone bench along the Wilderness Trail.

Carol and Ed on the Wilderness Trail.  Who would think you would appreciate shade in November!

Just a section of old rock wall. 

Trail marker.  Note bottom one matches the large sculpture we came to later.  

This sculpture is not named but it was also done by Susan Budge in 2005.

Nice sign for the Bombay Bicycle Club which has been a neighborhood bar since 1973.

Nice advertisement for Augie’s Barbed Wire Smokehouse.  

“Genius of Music” in front of the Tuesday Musical Club is the work of sculptors Pompeo Coppini and Walding Tauch.  Erected in 1951.

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