THere are some of the things that make up the soul of a city: its people, its cuisine, and its architecture. Recently, a 1920s house in Terrill Hills designed by architect Atley Ayres came on the market. On the list, Ayres is noted to have designed hundreds of homes across San Antonio in the early 1900s, including the Atkinson-McNay House, along with famous commercial buildings such as the Freeman Coliseum and Smith Young Tower, once in the city. The tallest skyscraper. If architecture defines a place, Ayres was key in creating the San Antonio we know today.
But despite his reputation as “the most famous architect in San Antonio,” not much has been written about Ayres (in fact, there is only one book – The Eclectic Odyssey of Atley Bey Iris, Architect Dedicated entirely to his legacy. Adding to the confusion is that what is written is often incorrect, in large part due to his longstanding partnership with his son, Robert M. Which Eris is responsible for Which The project.