Today, bits of these unique works of art, which speak to the Spanish and Mexican heritage of Texas, can be found across San Antonio including the McNay’s peacock murals in the courtyard garden, and the mysterious Miraflores Garden just outside of Brackenridge park.
The McNay Art Museum (also known as the Atkinson Residence) is the former home of Marion Koogler McNay, which was designed by famed San Antonio architect Atlee B Ayres. As a child, Ayres lived in a home across from the Alamo and often admired its “golden hue”. As an adult, he worked in Mexico and later traveled to California often, where he fell in love with the Spanish American colloquial architecture of California. He Combined these influences when he was commissioned by Mrs. Atkinson (McNay) to design her home. McNay, an avid art enthusiast who also spent time visiting Mexico, commissioned a tile art mural by the Uriarte workshop based on her sketches. These murals, as well as other genuine talavera art displays, prominently adorn the walls at the modern day McNay art museum.