McNay Art Museum. I had been here once before, researching for a local museum project -- Marion Koogler McNay grew up 3 blocks from where we live in Kansas, her family's wealth coming from the El Dorado oil boom.
I found that much of the original interiors of the 1920 home have now
been covered up to enable them to display more art. The house itself was
as much a piece of art as the collection. The 24-room Spanish Colonial
Revival house and it's interior open-air patio are filled with beautiful
handmade tiles, stenciled ceiling beams, and rich woodwork. Now only the
entry way is left as it was, with twin tiled stairs curving up to the
collected 19th and 20th C. art, as well as Southwest art. When she died,
she left her home and collection to the city of San Antonio as a modern
art museum. My favorite El Greco had been moved upstairs; the Van Gogh
and a favorite Georgia O'Keefe were off exhibit. But there was still
plenty of great art to view, along with some I don't particularly like.