Preserving History: Restoration of the Alamo Cenotaph Begins

April 5, 2024


Jonathan Huhn, Alamo Trust, Inc.
Mobile (210) 867-7717

View of Alamo Plaza and Cenotaph from La Vista Terrace

The Alamo is honored to announce the commencement of the restoration initiative for the cherished Alamo Cenotaph. This initiative highlights the vital preservation of this iconic monument in its historic location, where it will always stand for generations to come. The restoration work, scheduled to begin in July 2024 and conclude by early 2025, will be led by the contractor Clark-Guido, under the oversight of Architexas, the Architect of Record for the project.

Preserve in Place

Preserving the Alamo Cenotaph in its current location is paramount to honoring its legacy and ensuring that future generations can continue to connect with its historical importance. The restoration work will be carried out in strict accordance with the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. A dedicated team of experts from Clark-Guido, who played a crucial role as an original contractor in constructing the Cenotaph, will execute the restoration with meticulous care and adherence to these standards as the project’s general contractor. They will be overseen by Architexas, the architect of record, and along with the Alamo Trust, Inc., who will ensure that all necessary permits from the Texas Historical Commission (THC) are obtained for this significant preservation effort. This comprehensive approach guarantees that the restoration is conducted with the utmost expertise, attention to detail, and respect for historical significance.

Addressing Structural Needs

The recently conducted Structural Integrity Report has identified critical areas that require immediate attention to ensure the long-term stability and preservation of the Alamo Cenotaph. These include concrete and structural repairs, waterproofing, coating, stone cleaning and patching, raking of mortar joints, repointing joints, and the installation of a new functional drainage system. While these repairs necessitate the careful removal of stones from the Cenotaph to access its internal structure for restoration, this process is crucial to reinforce its internal structure to guarantee its standing for another near century in its original place.

Safety Measures for Patrons

As part of our commitment to the safety of the many patrons who visit the Alamo, a safety fence will be erected around the Cenotaph on Alamo Plaza during the Restoration Efforts. This measure is implemented to ensure the safety of everyone visiting the site and to provide a secure environment for the ongoing restoration work. It's important to note that these fences will not be covered or wrapped, allowing observers to view the important and needed restoration work taking place while maintaining a safe distance.

A Trusted Hand

Clark-Guido will be the project’s general contractor. They will provide unparalleled expertise and dedication to this restoration project. Guido built the foundation and concrete substructure of the Alamo Cenotaph over 80 years ago and holds a deep understanding of the importance of this cherished monument.

Looking to the Future

The restoration of the Alamo Cenotaph signifies a commitment to preserving Texas history and heritage. It is not just about repairing a structure; it is about safeguarding a symbol of sacrifice and valor for future generations to cherish and reflect upon. This project underscores our dedication to maintaining the cultural heritage of Texas, ensuring that the Alamo Cenotaph remains a timeless tribute.

Updates on the Restoration

To stay up-to-date, kindly explore our website, where you can find comprehensive information, which includes frequently asked questions and answers about the ongoing Restoration Project of the Alamo Cenotaph; please visit our Cenotaph Live Cam.

We also extend an invitation to you to remain engaged with us via our official social media channels. To receive instant updates on the restoration progress, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Moreover, individuals from across the globe have the opportunity to observe the restoration as it unfolds through the Alamo's Cenotaph Live Camera.

If you have any direct inquiries regarding the restoration, please feel free to reach out to:

Jonathan Huhn 
Communications Director
Alamo Trust, Inc.
(210) 293-6064

Emily Baucum
Public Relations Manager
Alamo Trust, Inc. 
(210) 669-0282

About Alamo Trust, Inc. | Alamo Trust, Inc. (ATI) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that oversees the daily operations at the Alamo and implementation of the Alamo Plan. Located in the heart of San Antonio, the Alamo stands as a Shrine to Texas Liberty. The Alamo tells the story of Texas Independence as part of its rich and diverse 300-year history to over 1.6 million visitors every year and is the #1 most visited destination in the State of Texas. In 1960, the Alamo was designated a United States National Historic Landmark, and in 2015, it became part of the Lone Star State's only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Witness living history, experience authentic artifacts, and explore an iconic landmark that shaped the country. Visit