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Address: 310 S Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78205-3165
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A landmark and historic building in downtown San Antonio

This is an easily recognizable building in downtown San Antonio. It was completed in 1929, right at the start of the Great Depression. Only the Tower Life Building and the... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2016
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Avon, Ohio
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1,275 reviews
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

The Tower Life Building, named for its current owner, the Tower Life Insurance Company, was originally named the Smith-Young Tower when it was completed in 1929, just as the Great Depression started, and was only one of two structures completed, along with the Plaza Hotel, in what was to be a large development project located along what in now the... More 

Thank Steve1362
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2,018 reviews
566 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,188 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016

This is an easily recognizable building in downtown San Antonio. It was completed in 1929, right at the start of the Great Depression. Only the Tower Life Building and the adjacent Plaza Hotel were completed before the Depression sank the economy and the development. Once reputed to be the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, the Tower Life Building... More 

2 Thank WorldTravelers34
Del Rio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016

There was no access to the building to people who are not tenants, but it is beautiful to see from the outside. Art Deco architecture, gargoyle drain spouts. If you really want to see the inside, there was a movie made inside called, “Cloak and Dagger” that you can still find. Beautiful to see at night!

2 Thank djfluth
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,617 reviews
873 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016

Interesting by day or night. There are gargoyles on the top level that serve as rains pouts. On lower levels are other interesting heads and statues. Something of a gothic Art Deco place. Interesting to study.

Thank Chinapjs
Tucson Arizona
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600 reviews
250 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3,048 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2015

As soon as we stepped out on our 23rd floor balcony at the Marriott Riverwalk, this building caught our eye. It was close to dusk, the upper part of the building was lit up, and the flag on a 100 foot tall flagpole was flying in the breeze. Something moving about all that. Since it is 30 stories high, we... More 

3 Thank NYU62
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793 reviews
344 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2015 via mobile

This is a wonderful building and a classic version if this era of arc hectare. The building has lots of charm and should be on your list.

1 Thank Charles V
Cookeville, Tennessee
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500 reviews
247 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2015

If you researched San Antonio before visiting, there is no mistaking this building when you see it. The architecture really stands out. At night when the top is lit up is just gorgeous. Also, nothing like seeing that flag fly high from so many areas around town :)

1 Thank judy177
Houston, Texas
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444 reviews
158 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 384 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2014

An easily recognizable building in downtown, the Tower Life Building is an historic piece of architecture that grabs the attention and imagination of all those who visit the city. It was first opened in 1929 and ranks as one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Tower Life Building is a medium- size tower, about 400 feet high and with 30... More 

2 Thank Bryan_Carey
San Antonio, Texas
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945 reviews
539 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 374 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2014 via mobile

This is a very interesting building with a flag flying from the top downtown. I photographed it several times when down by the Alamo because it just draws so much attention. Perhaps because nothing else in San Antonio seems to be like it. It is as classy as the Great Gatsby

Thank pnkgirl27
Redding, CA
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52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2014

We could see this building from our Bed and Breakfast porch and decided to check it out. The doorman has worked there 40 years and was very helpful giving us all the information and showing us pictures regarding this building. Definitely worth the walk to find it!

Thank electricblue04

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