Was the Alamo once brightly painted like other Spanish missions in the area?
Alamo Conservator Pam Rosser believes it most likely was.
“Mission San Antonio de Valero, known as the Alamo during the mid 1700s, was the center of the community. That would explain why it could have possibly been decoratively painted,” she said.
Rosser is setting out to learn more and perhaps discover what those colors were by extracting tiny pigment fragments for examination. But centuries of sun, wind and rain could make it difficult.