Among the famous people born in this building are Carol Burnett, Oliver North, and San Antonio's most famous mayor, Henry Cisneros.
At its completion this was the largest and tallest hospital in the United States. It was the only hospital in a skyscraper, and the only hospital with doctor's offices, hospital beds, and a parking garage all in one building (and a bar on the bottom floor!).
Because of the building's sharp angles, the view from the Riverwalk presents an optical illusion that the facing wall is one-dimensional.
The building's shape is in the form of an "L". The south side of the building is cut off diagonally by the riverwalk which runs through the building's block creating the illusion of a flat wall from the perspective of the river.