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Voices of San Antonio

Voices of San Antonio

Voices of San Antonio is a production of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation. It features interviews by Michael Garofalo with prominent San Antonians who have made an impact on the cultural landscape of the City.

Sponsored by the John and Florence Newman Foundation.

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  • Straus, David

In his own words - Powell, Boone

What does the Central Library, la VillitaHugman Dam, Tiendas del Rio, San Antonio Missions, Tower of the Americas, The University of Texas at San Antonio, the Texas State Capitol have in common?

Past President Powell (of Ford, Powell, and Carson) has had his architectural finger on it. His passion for buildings and design started when he was a youngster as a member of Triangles and T-Squares at Jefferson High School. But his lust for building delves even further when he was five years old and envisioned himself as a bridge builder (to date he has built 20). 

Boone Powell was born in Houston and moved with his family to San Antonio in 1939.  In 1956, He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in architecture.  He joined the influential local firm of O’Neil Ford & Associates and by 1967 had been made a partner in what became known as Ford, Powell & Carson. 

Powell was selected as project architect for the Tower of the Americas which, in 1968, was the tallest observation tower in the Western Hemisphere. .  He retired as president of Ford, Powell & Carson in 2015 after winning more than 70 architectural design awards and receiving the Llewellyn W. Pitts lifetime achievement award from the Texas Society of Architects.