Casino Club Building

102 W. Crockett St., San Antonio, Texas 78205

Architect: The Kelwood Company

Style: Meso-American Revival style

Size: Six stories (plus lower River level)

Date built: 1927

National Register of Historic Places: entered 1980

Texas Historic Landmark: entered 1979


Recent photos (2013)


This Place Matters
Video by Michael Guarino

The photos, linked below, were taken in 1942 and provided courtesy of The Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Saltgrass Steak House restaurant now occupies the building on the Riverwalk level. The upper floors are private.

Cityscape: Casino Club Building
BY COLIN MCDONALD : MARCH 30, 2013 : Updated: March 31, 2013 12:19am - San Antonio Express News

Once the headquarters of the San Antonio Casino Club, a local social organization with a flair for distinct architecture, the building is easily recognized for the multicolored stepped pyramidal design of its entry tower and carved brick and cast-stone trim that line its ground and top floor.

Built in 1927 for the club, it was purchased by Oklahoma oilman Thomas Gilcrease in 1942 and used for his corporate office and to house his Western art collection and was then known as the Gilcrease Building. The collection was eventually moved to Tulsa, and the building was mostly vacant between 1950 and 1970.

The building is recognized by the Texas Historical Commission and is on the National Register of Historic Places.


Can you help us find historic photos?

Preserve your family's history in photos for as long as San Antonio stands!

Please help us find photos taken of or in the Casino Club Building from 1927 to 1942 (when it became the Thomas Gilcrease Building).

If you can send digitized photos over the internet, that would be great, but we can also arrange to scan your photos using great care and respect.

In addition to posting on this website, all photos submitted will be provided to organizations that are conserving Texas and San Antonio history to include the Public Library and Texas Institute of Cultures plus others based on the subject/content of the photo.

We really hope you can have a relative who celebrated a prom or attend other club or social events (such as opera performances). Ladies and gentlemen in vintage formal attire would be fantastic!

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