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In 1915, the city requested a Japanese immigrant and his wife to transform an old rock quarry into a Japanese-styled garden, and a man named Mr. Kimi Eizo Jingu agreed to the task. He started with a rock house, which still stands today and is surrounded by winding pebble walkways, stone bridges, a waterfall and tranquil pools. His work transformed the old rock quarry into a garden filled with lily ponds and lush green vegetation. With the onset of World War II and the growing anti-Japanese sentiment that surrounded it, the city council changed the garden's name to "Chinese Sunken Garden." In 1983, the original name was finally restored.
This is a colorful statue of an elephant that has stood at various locations in San Antonio for the last 90 years, and has been the backdrop of generations of family photos. It was first created in 1930s by artist Julian Sandoval and for several years it has added to the beauty of mansions, been a circus memorabilia or placed in museums for display. Over the decades the statue was exposed to a lot of damage due to weather or manhandling by countless children climbing onto the statue for pictures. At the start of the 21st century the statue was repaired and restored to its original glory with a pair of new tusks and a fresh coat of paint. It was officially given the name Cinnamon Kandy and its new home is in front of the Research and Collections Center.
Mission Marquee Plaza is a famous plaza building, which has served as a key landmark and cultural center in San Antonio, Texas, ever since it was first built at Roosevelt Avenue. After undergoing several renovations and refurbishment works, the ownership of this iconic building was transferred to the city council of San Antonia in 2007. Today, the building serves as the cultural epicenter in the city with several popular film festivals, musical concerts, art exhibitions and other cultural events being held at this venue. The plaza also features a beautiful mural recreation project, which was taken up and finished by the Department of Arts & Culture in 2013.
Located in southern San Antonio and by the San Antonio River, the Mission Historic District overs a glimpse into San Antonio's past. This charming small district includes several historical points, including the Mission Concepción, Mission San José, Mission San Juan Capistrano, and Mission San Francisco de la Espada.