Municipal Auditorium – San Antonio, TX

Moller San Antonio

The large console of the San Antonio Moller

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Hugh McAmis, the first municipal organist of San Antonio.

San Antonio Auditorium

The San Antonio Municipal Auditorium as it appeared after its post fire reconstruction.

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The main auditorium, note the organ grill. The console sat in the pit, stage right.

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A rendering of the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts which is currently under construction.

The large console of the San Antonio MollerHugh McAmis, the first municipal organist of San Antonio.The San Antonio Municipal Auditorium as it appeared after its post fire reconstruction.The main auditorium, note the organ grill. The console sat in the pit, stage right.A rendering of the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts which is currently under construction.
Builder M.P. Möller
Year Built 1926
Opus Number 4505
Size (man/ranks) IV/73
Extant No
Condition n/a
History The contract for M.P. Moller opus 4505 was signed in October of 1925 for $40,000. The organ was completed and installed the following spring. It was dedicated by Hugh McAmis who remained on as municipal organists. Mr. McAmis played organ programs three times weekly on the instrument; the audiences averaging around 1,500 although the record was 5,000 for one recital. When city administrations changed, the recitals were discontinued and Walter Dunham replaced Hugh McAmis who had left San Antonio for New York City. By 1933 the organ was no longer used for regular recital programs. The organ was completely destroyed in a huge fire that gutted the entire interior of the auditorium on January 6,1979. The auditorium was rebuilt and restored to its original look (without the organ). In 2011 the auditorium was partly demolished in preparation for the construction of a new performing arts center. The front facade of the old municipal auditorium will remain as is.
Organists Hugh McAmis
Walter Dunham
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Links Texas Historical Commission Entry for the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

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