Fairmount Hotel

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Client: B. K. Johnson, Virginia Van Steenberg, C. Thomas Wright
Completion Date: 1985 Move/Relocation :: 1986 Restoration/Addition
General Contractor: Guido Brothers Construction Company
Project Size: 14,000 sf
Planned Area: 37 Rooms
Structural Engineer: Move: Emmert International :: Builidng: Feigenspan & Pinnell Enginners
MEP Engineer: William Dorbandt, Consulting Engineers
Interior Design: Alamo Architects
Recognition / Awards / Publication: 1987 Texas Award for Preservation of Historic Architecture – Design Category by the Texas Historical Commission

The move of the Fairmount Hotel attracted worldwide attention as the Guinness World Record as the “Heaviest Building Moved on Wheels”. The 1,600 ton, 3 story masonry and cast iron structure was moved over four days through downtown San Antonio, including over the Riverwalk.  The 1906 hotel was transformed into a 37 room boutique facility with restaurant and meeting spaces. The carefully studied addition houses four floors inside the original buildings height and use reverse brick coloration and subtle referential detailing to honor the original building.  The existing building restoration included recreation of stone, brick, cast iron and wood storefront work.

“Fairmount Hotel move captivated city for six days” Express-News article