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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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Gargoyles1

I didn't actually go into the building. I saw the outside from several angles. It is a beautiful... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Chelli W
Historic, Neo-Gothic building in San Antonio

This building is beautiful at anytime but see it at night. After dark, it has an almost ethereal... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2018
Mitch H
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310 S Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78205-3165
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"impressive building"
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"flagpole"
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Reviewed yesterday

I didn't actually go into the building. I saw the outside from several angles. It is a beautiful older building with actual gargoyles! You can see the building from the River Walk and I highly recommend taking the river boat tour as the tour guide...More

Thank Chelli W
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

This building is beautiful at anytime but see it at night. After dark, it has an almost ethereal feel; particularly when viewed from the River Walk at the International building. From that vantage point, it seems that the building is a huge ship setting sail...More

2  Thank Mitch H
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Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

Magnificent and majestic as a towering giant. Beautifully lit this Christmas season. Real asset to the skyline and Riverwalk area.

Thank JatJet
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Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

Saw this from various distances and directions and arguably it is the most impressive period building in San Antonio It is of architectural interest and it came as a slight disappointment to leatn that these days it is primarily occupied by lawyers; that it is...More

2  Thank David G
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Seewangi
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I’m a local and from what I understand you cannot. Too many people have committed suicide from up there throughout the building’s history history. Might be a fun visit though if you’re into haunted buildings in town.
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