My primary interest is in the technical aspects of creating an accurate, photo-realistic 3D model of the Alamo and its environment.  While I concentrate on the tools and techniques for model creation and rendering, I rely heavily on the work of historians who have studied the primary sources and imagined the scene through their publications, artwork and physical models.  The purpose of this section is to gratefully acknowledge the authors of the works that have made this project possible.

The Alamo Compound

  1. Lemon, Mark The Illustrated Alamo 1836, A Photographic Journey. AbileneState House Press, 2008. Print.  This resource is the primary reference for the layout, dimensions and materials of the structures of the Alamo compound.  Early versions of the model used this work to make low resolution statues in the niches of the church.  In 2016, they were replaced with original high resolution sculpts.
  2. Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo).  Historical American Buildings Survey. Number TEX-318 Library of Congress. On-Line.  Details of the Alamo facade and molding profiles.

San Antonio de Bexar

  1. Nelson, George The Alamo, An Illustrated History, 3rd Revised Edition. Uvalde: Aldine Press, 2008. Print.  This resource is the primary reference for the location and types of buildings in and around San Antonio de Bexar.  This work contains several useful maps including:
    – Rullman 1912 (p.2)
    – Ancient Wards 1845 (p.3)
    – San Antonio de Bexar 1836 (Nelson) (p.4-5)
    In addition, there is the Eastman 1848 illustration of the Powder House and Watch Tower (p.40)
  2. Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, The University of Texas Library, On-line.  These maps provide early street maps of San Antonio including building placements, sizes and materials.

The Acequias of San Antonio

  1. Acequias of San Antonio, Hildebrand Avenue & Minita Creek, San Antonio, Bexar, TX,  Historical American Engineering Record, Call Number: HAER TEX,15-SANT.V,4-,Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, Bookmark. On-line.
  2. Alamo Madre Acequia, East of Alamo Street, North of Durango Boulevard, San Antonio, Bexar, TX, Historical American Engineering Record, Call Number: HAER TEX,15-SANT.V,4C-,Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,  Bookmark.  On-line.
  3. Forum discussion

2 Responses to References

  1. Mark Seerey says:

    Can current 2.0 be seen? Did Everett exaggerate the San Fernando church ( Is your image based on distance and elevation difference?

    • dotupdate says:

      I have been occupied with other projects lately so I have not had much time to work on Alamo 2.0. It is not completed and not available. It does look like the church is either closer or larger than one would expect from that vantage point. In my original model, I did attempt to use accurate distance, elevations and scales. The original model (as seen in the YouTube video) does not have a true 3D model of San Fernando. It is just an image in the background.

      The new model will use my 3D model that you can see in this blog.

      Thanks for the question.

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