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Tower Life Building

310 S Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78205-3165
+1 210-554-4444
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1920s Landmark on the South Side of the Riverwalk

The Tower Life Building, named for its current owner, the Tower Life Insurance Company, was... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2017
Avon, Ohio
A landmark and historic building in downtown San Antonio

This is an easily recognizable building in downtown San Antonio. It was completed in 1929, right at... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2016
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310 S Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78205-3165
+1 210-554-4444
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

The Tower Life Building, named for its current owner, the Tower Life Insurance Company, was originally named the Smith-Young Tower when it was completed in 1929, just as the Great Depression started, and was only one of two structures completed, along with the Plaza Hotel,...More

Thank Steve1362
Reviewed 21 September 2016

This is an easily recognizable building in downtown San Antonio. It was completed in 1929, right at the start of the Great Depression. Only the Tower Life Building and the adjacent Plaza Hotel were completed before the Depression sank the economy and the development. Once...More

2  Thank WorldTravelers34
Reviewed 4 July 2016

There was no access to the building to people who are not tenants, but it is beautiful to see from the outside. Art Deco architecture, gargoyle drain spouts. If you really want to see the inside, there was a movie made inside called, “Cloak and...More

2  Thank djfluth
Reviewed 1 July 2016

Interesting by day or night. There are gargoyles on the top level that serve as rains pouts. On lower levels are other interesting heads and statues. Something of a gothic Art Deco place. Interesting to study.

Thank Chinapjs
Reviewed 21 September 2015

As soon as we stepped out on our 23rd floor balcony at the Marriott Riverwalk, this building caught our eye. It was close to dusk, the upper part of the building was lit up, and the flag on a 100 foot tall flagpole was flying...More

3  Thank NYU62
Reviewed 8 August 2015 via mobile

This is a wonderful building and a classic version if this era of arc hectare. The building has lots of charm and should be on your list.

1  Thank Charles V
Reviewed 24 May 2015

If you researched San Antonio before visiting, there is no mistaking this building when you see it. The architecture really stands out. At night when the top is lit up is just gorgeous. Also, nothing like seeing that flag fly high from so many areas...More

1  Thank judy177
Reviewed 30 December 2014

An easily recognizable building in downtown, the Tower Life Building is an historic piece of architecture that grabs the attention and imagination of all those who visit the city. It was first opened in 1929 and ranks as one of the city’s most famous landmarks....More

2  Thank Bryan_Carey
Reviewed 6 November 2014 via mobile

This is a very interesting building with a flag flying from the top downtown. I photographed it several times when down by the Alamo because it just draws so much attention. Perhaps because nothing else in San Antonio seems to be like it. It is...More

Thank pnkgirl27
Reviewed 20 October 2014

We could see this building from our Bed and Breakfast porch and decided to check it out. The doorman has worked there 40 years and was very helpful giving us all the information and showing us pictures regarding this building. Definitely worth the walk to...More

Thank electricblue04
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