From Broken Tiles and Crumbling Walls…

Last year, on Día de los Muertos, I ventured over to San Fernando Cemetery to place the beautiful traditional Mexican marigolds, cempasuchitl, at the graves of three Urrutia generations. This year, the spirit of Día de los Muertos visited me a bit earlier, initiated by a trip to Xochimilco, Mexico in early October to meet friends face to face for the first time. Recovering memories of Dr. Aureliano Urrutia in Xochimilco and San Antonio…Read more>>>

Urrutia on View with San Antonio History

Several familia Urrutia photographs are exhibited along with hundreds of other historic images of San Antonio. One shows the 1971 demolition of the Clínica Urrutia y Farmacia as a result of "urban renewal." Dr. Aureliano Urrutia built the nearly square-block clinical complex in 1926 at the northeast corner of Houston and Laredo. Read more>>>

Miraflores Shines on TPR

If you're a Texas Public Radio fan, then you probably heard Jack Morgan's story on Miraflores this past Friday. Jack interviewed me about Dr. Aureliano Urrutia’s garden, and expertly wove together an overview of family history and current restoration efforts at this unique garden. Read more>>>

Presentation on Miraflores

Join me, Elise Urrutia, this Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the Igo Branch Library for a presentation on Miraflores: Dr. Urrutia's Lost Garden. I will read from my upcoming book entitled Jardín mexicano de la memoria~Miraflores~a Mexican garden of memory. Read more>>>

Broadway Stroll Reflects Beautiful Path

From his survey of Houston Street, architect Tim Palomera first became interested in the Urrutia family, because he knew that Doctor Urrutia had built an office complex between Laredo and Santa Rosa Streets, where the Rosa Verde Towers now stand. The complex included offices for himself and his physician sons, an outpatient surgical facility, and Farmacia Urrutia, run by his pharmacist daughter. Read more>>>

Exploration at Miraflores

Ground crews have carefully uncovered several unexpectedly large walkways that have been buried underneath tons of gravel/dirt (up to 2 feet deep) for almost 40 years. Miraflores was the unique garden expression of Dr. Aureliano Urrutia, who came to San Antonio from Mexico City in 1914. Read more>>>

Miraflores to Resprout

Phase IV will highlight a bronze statue of Urrutia, given to him in 1940 by a grateful patient from Mexico City.  Urrutia placed it at the center of a 36-foot reflecting pool and constructed around it an “outdoor room” with a brick walkway encircling the fountain, surrounded by “walls” of trees and shrubs. Read more>>>

A Book in the Works!

I'm excited to announce my book about the garden at Miraflores.  My great grandfather, Dr. Aureliano Urrutia, created this unique and mysterious place almost 100 years ago. The book will portray the cultural landscape that Miraflores was when he was alive. Read more>>>

Rivard Report Review of PK25

Elise Urrutia told the story of a magnificent garden that sat on what was the far-northern edge of San Antonio more than 100 years ago. Miraflores, located on Hildebrand Avenue adjacent to the University of the Incarnate Word, would have far more than 20 slides to fill if it could talk. Read more>>>

Local Heroes

After my last article on Miraflores in the Rivard Report, Pat Jimenez contacted me.  She and her husband had aquired a piece which originally resided in the garden, and they wanted to return it. Read more>>>

Miraflores: Lost But Not Forgotten

Some who remember Miraflores are current and former students of the University of Incarnate Word, who have been wondering for years what Miraflores held behind its mysterious gates. Some are old San Antonians, who remember very well Miraflores as it used to be, even as far back as the 1950s when it was already beginning to weather. Read more>>>

Doctor Urrutia's Lost Garden

In 1921, Doctor Aureliano Urrutia, an accomplished physician, built a garden at the northern edge of San Antonio.  Located at the corner of Hildebrand and Broadway, it was an expression of his connection to his native Mexico. After 1960, the garden suffered from neglect and active destruction. Read more>>>

Article to be Published

Two years ago, May 23, 2014, marked the 100th anniversary of my great grandfather's arrival in the United States as a refugee from the Mexican Revolution. Although I had been exploring the family history with my father, and already had done a significant amount of research, I quickly came to the conclusion that I still didn't know enough. Read more>>>