Stories By Steve Bennett

  • 1917 Beacon Hill bungalow home to artist couple, Chairman Maos The couple has collected more than a half-dozen Oscar-size statues of Chairman Mao over the past few years during trips to China.
  • Book review: A case well-argued Brandon’s latest takes readers on a — yes — irresistible tour of the legal system.
  • A peek inside one of San Antonio’s swankiest Pearl apartments The Pearl’s Cellars apartments are an elegant yet casual mix of the new and the old.
  • ‘Greeks’ the penultimate literary gift from Philip Kerr The author of 13 — soon to be 14 — Bernie Gunther historical thrillers died in March
  • 2 Beacon Hills homes came from 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair The homes used to be one large home at the that was later separated, the homes now on neighboring lots.
  • San Antonio couple gets off the grid in comfort Prize-winning Utopia cabin focuses on landscape, energy efficiency.
  • Symphony board chairwoman resigns Alice Viroslav leaves Symphony Societ board after orchestra’s season is cancelled.
  • Board decides to suspend play by symphony Tricentennial concerts to be last performances — for now, at least.
  • Book review: “Hometown Texas” explores the state by the backroads Photographer Peter Brown and writer Joe Holley offer an unsentimental view of the state in a new coffee-table book from Trinity University Press
  • Homeowners hear a different drummer in tony Olmos Park Ana Montoya and Gobie Walsdorf live in an “edgy” yet whimsical ranch house that is packed with art and has good stories to tell.
  • Coffee-table books still make a big impact This year’s crop of big, beautiful books includes volumes on sneakers, puppies, football and watches.
  • The best in 2017 San Antonio architectural design The San Antonio chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced the winners of its 2017 Design Awards.
  • Monte Vista Home Tour Nov. 4 showcases Cattle Barons’ mansions Three historic homes open their doors on East Kings Highway, one of San Antonio’s most exclusive addresses since the early 1900s.
  • S.A. architects awarded for Marfa project of light and shadow San Antonio architecture firm Ford, Powell & Carson worked with the renowned artist for 17 years on a building-sized art installation.
  • Book & Author Luncheon covers a lot of literary ground Express-News-sponsored event features National Book Award finalist David Grann.
  • First look at the $22 million San Antonio Botanical Garden... A new 8-acre, $22 million expansion featuring a culinary garden and education facilities opens Oct. 21.
  • A look inside Lavaca’s architect enclave in San Antonio American Institute of Architects Home Tour spotlights a contemporary townhouse set among 100-year-old homes in the Lavaca neighborhood.
  • 20 years of S.A.’s best-designed homes The AIA San Antonio Homes Tour, set for Oct. 14, celebrates its 20th anniversary featuring the best in local architectural design.
  • San Antonio artist’s Jefferson-area home stuffed with art,... Artist Margaret Craig’s love of nature and Halloween is evident in her Woodlawn Lake-area home.
  • Who you gonna call? If they’re in S.A., don’t forget the 210 Area code 210 numbers are running out, so new numbers will get a 726 area code.