The Carver Center began its life as the “Colored Branch” of the San Antonio Library & Auditorium, a history still inscribed above the doors on its northern façade. The iconic Art Deco structure was built in 1929 with Egyptial Revival details still visible on the parapets. Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington both performed in the Auditorium. Today the building serves as the Carver Community Cultural Center, whose mission is celebrate the diverse cultures of our world, nation and community, with emphasis on its African and African-American heritage, by providing challenging artistic presentations, community outreach activities and educational programs. Photo courtesy of Centro San Antonio.