Save the Alamo

(January 13, 2013) -- Working for five days straight, sometimes past midnight, teams from three Texas universities used laser scans and color and black-and-white large-format photography to document the Alamo last week to ensure preservation of the shrine far into the future.

“This really has not been done before,” said Alamo Conservator Pam Rosser, who has carefully studied the walls of the site for four years, and may know more than anyone about stories their 300 years of history reveal.

Photography, normally prohibited for visitors inside the chapel out of reverence for the site, will help ensure the Alamo, a symbol to many of freedom and the state's rich, complex history, will retain its beauty and structural integrity for future generations.

“It gives us a baseline to know the current condition, and will help us identify cracks and movements,” said Sue Ann Pemberton, director of the Center for Architectural Engagement at the University of Texas at San Antonio, who is pictured above.

For the story, visit the San Antonio Express-News.