Remember the Alamo! …By Living in a Replica of It

Think you have state pride? Check out these homeowners who built their own version of Texas’ most famous historic landmark. To live in.

Photo by: Turnquist Partners Realtors Homeowners Bruce and Tracy Copp spent five years building this Alamo replica on the banks of Lake Travis. They did plenty of research in advance, visiting the real historic landmark in San Antonio and taking copious photos – they even paced off the length of the building when the guard wasn’t looking. The dimensions of the home are within a foot of the actual Alamo.

Today, March 6, marks the anniversary of the last day of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, a pivotal event of the Texas Revolution. Millions of people “Remember the Alamo” every year by visiting the historic Roman Catholic mission and fortress in San Antonio, but these Texas homeowners really went for it by building their own replica of the famous landmark.

After retiring, Bruce Copp told his wife, Tracy, about his idea to build the replica on the banks of Lake Travis. “This is the most magnificent artifact of Texas history, period. So we thought, why not?” he said on HGTV’s Home Strange Home series. “And all the neighbors agreed, why not?” (Tracy admitted that there might have been some alcohol involved in the decision.)

The couple headed to San Antonio, took copious photos and even paced off the length of the building when the guard wasn’t looking. The home took five years to build, but the attention to detail is pretty impressive: The dimensions are within a foot of the actual Alamo. The façade was constructed mostly of limestone – just like the real thing – but the columns and other details were made of Styrofoam covered in a hard primer and painted.

Inside, there are plank-wood floors, a gourmet kitchen, a theater and even an elevator. There’s a separate “bunk house” for guests, and the residence is located in a waterfront gated community with a dock. So, you know, maybe a little more luxurious than the actual Alamo.

If you’d like to live in an Alamo replica, the home is currently listed for $1.35 million. You can see the listing at Turnquist Partners Realtors.

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