An elegant townhome community overlooking The Quarry Golf Course in premier Lincoln Heights

Area History

FROM A CEMENT PLANT AND ROCK QUARRY SPRINGS A GEM OF A MIXED-USE COMPLEX – THE QUARRY AREA

The historical marker at St. Mary’s Ave. at Brackenridge Park, excerpted below, explains the history of the Alamo Cement Company, which operated the plant and the quarry where Quarry Heights Villas are located.

“Near this site in 1879, Englishman William Loyd discovered limestone believed to be a natural cement rock. Analysis by San Antonio chemist George H. Kalteyer confirmed the rock contained proper proportions of lime and clay to produce portland cement. Loyd and Kalteyer, along with other investors, organized the Alamo Portland and Roman Cement Company in January 1880. In 1881, the company name was changed to Alamo Cement Company. Cement from this plant was used in the construction of the State Capitol and the Driskill Hotel in Austin. Through the vision and leadership of Portland Cement pioneers Loyd, Kalteyer,and Charles Baumberger, who succeeded to the presidency following Kalteyer’s death in 1897, the company flourished. In 1908 the plant relocated to a site later known as Cementville near Alamo Heights. The original quarry became the Japanese Sunken Gardens in Brackenridge Park.”

Today, the Alamo Heights location has become a top destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. Restaurants now occupy the plant headquarter buildings. The former cement plant, clinker shed and smokestacks have been incorporated into the Quarry Market shopping center. The quarry is now The Quarry Golf Course. The creative adaptation of these structures and sites is a testament to the exceptional integration of historic and modern architecture.

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