Symposium: Miraflores at 100 ~ del pasado al futuro, Trinity University

One hundred years ago, Dr. Aureliano Urrutia, a prominent physician who came to San Antonio during the Mexican Revolution, began creating his garden, Miraflores, near the headwaters of the San Antonio River. Over the next several decades he fashioned a landscape of winding paths, fountains and pools, sculpture and plants. Today the gates are locked, and the land is fragile.

Behind the wrought iron fence and gate of colorful ceramic tile murals, the remaining objects—tile benches in ruins, a full-size replica of the Winged Victory, a small cottage in disrepair, a bronze statue in a round pool, and curious faux bois sculptures—merely hint at Urrutia’s intentions. This symposium examines the complex history of Miraflores and its status in 21st-century San Antonio. Lectures on the garden's historical, cultural, and archeological significance, its place in Urrutia family history, and its meanings in landscape architecture will be followed by a panel discussion that considers possible futures for the site.


  • Anne Elise Urrutia, author of Miraflores: San Antonio's Mexican Garden of Memory
  • John S. Troy, FASLA, John S. Troy, Landscape Architect
  • Jennifer Mathews, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Trinity University
  • John Phillip Santos, University Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies to the Honors College, University of Texas at San Antonio


  • Lynn Bobbitt, Executive Director, Brackenridge Park Conservancy
  • Donna Guerra, Director of Archives, Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word; member, Westside Preservation Alliance
  • Bill Pennell, Assistant Manager, Park Planning, Parks & Recreation Department, City of San Antonio

Kathryn E. O'Rourke, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Trinity University

Hosted by Trinity University Press and the Department of Art and Art History, Trinity University

Saturday, September 18 at 8:30am to 12:00pm

San Antonio Botanical Gardens 555 Funston Pl, San Antonio, TX 78209

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Art, Music, And Theater, Humanities


Students, Faculty and Staff, Alumni, Open to the Public, Parents




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