The Old Framed by the New

Hotel Emma, Pearl District - San Antonio, Texas

Hotel Emma, Pearl District – San Antonio, Texas

Here’s one more of the Hotel Emma, in this three-part mini-series. This one gives a context of the hotel to the overall Pearl redevelopment. The brewery’s main building became the Hotel Emma and throughout the grounds, apartments and restaurants were in-filled, as you can see here. The net effect is a balanced and character filled mishmash of old and new. The new buildings have sufficient texture to blend into the originals and adds the needed density to give this place an urban feel.

Unlike the last two posts, I shot this image on a rain filled day, last Saturday. I used my all-purpose Olympus 14-150mm travel zoom, which is also conveniently weather sealed. Along with the also weather sealed Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, I had no worries about shooting in the rain. Luckily by late afternoon, most of the precipitation had moved on.

I haven’t looked up the rental prices here, but I figured it will be less than in booming Austin. The place has a nice character, not unlike The Domain in Austin, but with more texture and history. The place also has a higher percentage of restaurants to shops, which I prefer. There’s only so much shopping you can do, but having a nice selection of restaurants, seems more friendly for everyday living.


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