Feature Illustration: The Discovery House at San Antonio Zoo, shown here, will undergo renovations, and a new Butterfly House will be erected beside it. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — The San Antonio Zoo obtained a Certificate of Appropriateness last week from the Historic and Design Review Commission on a request to construct a new greenhouse structure that will become the Butterfly House.
In addition, the COA will allow painted cladding to the exterior of the existing Discovery House.
The San Antonio Zoo plans to construct a new one-story greenhouse structure to contain the butterfly exhibit. It will be located immediately adjacent to the existing Discovery House, on land that currently features a concrete walkway, fencing and various plantings. The existing paving that remains around the the site will be retained.
The new structure will feature a gable roof with a material palette of glass, stucco, and a greenhouse glass roof system with single-ply membrane roofing at the flat roof area towards the rear of the structure.
Modifications to the existing Discovery House include re-roofing and the addition of new cladding elements to the exterior walls. The structure was constructed in 2003. The cladding elements will include painted stucco and painted wood cladding.
Alonzo C. Alston of Sol Studio Architects, the assigned designer, stated in a project summary that it has been the zoo’s intention to develop the Kronkosky’s Tiny Tot Nature Spot with the introduction of a Butterfly House and the remodel of the Discovery House.
“The site shall be cleaned and replanted with native vegetation by the Zoo to provide a fresh appearance,” Alston said.
Building signage will be required and is in development, however, that is not part of the COA request.
A site plan of the Butterfly House included dimensions of 76 feet-10 inches by 20 feet-10/5 inches (roughly 1,520 square feet).
VBX Project ID 2021-6A66