La Villita Historic Arts Village

San Antonio, United States

La Villita Historic Arts Village

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Arneson River Theatre is an outdoor performance theater located on the San Antonio River Walk in the U.S. state of Texas.

The open-air venue was erected 1939-1941 by the Works Progress Administration. The design was supervised by architect Robert H.H. Hugman. It is named after Edwin P. Arneson, the regional engineer for the W.P.A. who was instrumental in securing funding for the Paseo del Rio. Arneson died before construction began. Many years later bells were added to arches behind the stage that Hugman had designed, and they were named for him. In a belated ceremony, the "Father of the River Walk" struck the bells for the first time, two years before his death.

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