South Texas Adobe

Located in the semi-arid South Texas Plains, this adobe structure is a palisado with a split shake roof. The structure was originally built in the 1880s. When the house was reassembled in San Antonio, cedar posts that were more than 100 years old were used in the reconstruction. The posts came from an old house on Culebra Road that was similar in structure. Inside, sections of wall space have been left open to illustrate the various techniques and materials used in characteristic adobe construction. Closely set vertical logs beneath a layer of mud or adobe form the walls. Settlers used readily available cedar posts, mud, and the hot sun to create adobe structures. It’s also interesting to note that San Antonio is the farthest north that adobe is found; rainfall levels any farther north would literally melt the clay mud.