Remarkable birdhouses will benefit Brackenridge Park in San Antonio

Birds in the market for a swanky new home are in luck.

Architects with 10 award-winning firms from across the country are designing birdhouses as part of a fundraiser at Brackenridge Park benefiting the Brackenridge Park Conservancy. After the event on Tuesday, they will be displayed on the grounds of the McNay Art Museum through the end of November.  Then they will return to the park.

The tiny abodes include a nesting structure designed for hummingbirds by Roberto de Leon, co-founder and principal of Kentucky-based de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop; a birdhouse made from a series of hoops designed by Ted Flato, co-founder of San Antonio-based Lake | Flato; and a one designed by San Antonio-based Michael G. Imber, principal of Michael G. Imber Architects, to fit in with other man-made elements in the park.

“Hopefully, it’s fun and engaging for the next generation of park-goers,” said Imber, who spent a lot of time in Brackenridge as a boy and is still taken with it.

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San Antonio-based architect Michael G. Imber designed a birdhouse inspired by the faux bois structures in Brackenridge Park for a fundraiser benefiting the park. Carlos Cortes, an artist specializing in faux bois, constructed the birdhouse.

Michael Imber (Michael Imber Architect

Courtesy Michael G. Imber Architects

The fundraiser, Party in the Park: Birdsong Brackenridge, is the brainchild of Suzanne Mathews, director at Lucifer Lighting, an architectural lighting manufacturer. In addition to raising money, it is designed to spotlight the park’s charms and potential as well as celebrating its fine feathered residents.

“Great parks are so important to cities, because they’re a place of calm,” said Mathews, who serves on the conservancy board. “It’s an oasis in the middle of whatever you’re doing, whether you’re taking a picnic lunch or you’re jogging or biking. Just to be there, even for 20 minutes, is a reset.”

The fundraiser was inspired by “For the Birds: The Birdsong Project,” a sprawling collection of avian-related music, poetry …


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