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Welcome to the Office of Historic Preservation

Office of Historic PreservationThe Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) protects the historical, cultural, architectural, and archaeological resources that make San Antonio unique.  Our office promotes preservation through the creation of local historic districts and local individual landmarks.  Along with the Historic and Design Review Commission (HDRC), the OHP oversees a design review process for exterior alterations to historic landmarks and districts, properties within the RIO districts (spanning the San Antonio River), public properties, and public art to ensure that modifications and changes are appropriate for historic resources.  We coordinate with other City departments to comply with required environmental review processes to protect historic resources. 

The OHP is also committed to historic preservation outreach and education.  We have established a Preservation Academy to host lectures, workshops, and events promoting historic preservation to the community.  We have offered Window Restoration Workshops, a Homeowner’s Fair, and many other activities to share information about caring for historic resources. 

Our offices are located at the Development and Business Services Center at 1901 S. Alamo.  Explore our website to find out more about who we are and what we do! 

 

Save the Date:  6th Annual Historic Homeowner Fair - Saturday, Sept. 27th

Historic Homeowner FairSave the date for our 6th annual Historic Homeowner Fair on Saturday, September 27, from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm at the Pearl Full Goods Studio & Breezeway (200 E. Grayson). Want to learn more about caring for your historic home? Have questions about researching the history of your house?  Need information on historic wood windows? These topics and more will be covered at this year’s Fair. This free public event is perfect for owners of historic homes and those interested in learning about historic preservation and rehabilitation. Activities include educational sessions, hands-on demonstrations, an Exhibitor Hall with services and projects for historic homeowners, and much more. Additional information is coming soon so stay tuned, or call 215-9274.  We hope to see you there!

As a special treat this year, join us on Friday, September 26, for a keynote presentation, Saving the Best to Last: The How and Why of Historic Preservation by Vincent Michael, PhD (location and other details coming soon).  Dr. Michael is the Executive Director of the Global Heritage Fund in Palo Alto, CA, which works to protect the most significant and endangered cultural heritage sites in the developing world.  Vincent MichaelDr. Michael will also present a mid-day session at Saturday’s Homeowner Fair titled, Windows: The Eyes of Your House. 

Historic Homeowner Fair Flyer

Meet Vincent Michael

 

Vacant and Underutilized Buildings Policy approved by City Council

City Council unanimously approved a new ordinance on June 19, 2014, which established a pilot program to address common problems associated with vacant and underutilized buildings. For more information, visit the website at: http://www.sanantonio.gov/VacantBuilding

 

Proposed Mission Protection Overlay Districts

Mission ConcepcionThe San Antonio Missions have been nominated as a World Heritage Site.  In order to protect these important community treasures, the City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation has hosted two public meetings to discuss four proposed Mission Protection Overlay zoning districts. Follow the link below to view the presentation that was given at the most recent meeting.

The proposed overlay districts would regulate building height within a 1,500-foot buffer area of Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. Protecting the scenic quality of these sites is imperative to the success of the nomination. The proposed restrictions would address future multi-story buildings, structures and objects; single-story projects will not be impacted.

For more information, please contact Cory Edwards, Planner at (210) 207-1496 or cory.edwards@sanantonio.gov.

Mission Protection Overlay Districts Presentation

 

S.T.A.R. Project Returned to Dignowity Hill - Spring 2014

S.T.A.R. Westside 2013S.T.A.R. (Students Together Achieving Revitalization) is a partnership between the Office of Historic Preservation, the UTSA College of Architecture, San Antonio College, the Historic Preservation Association (HPA), and local contractors to provide minor exterior home repairs and maintenance to homeowners within local historic districts.  Graduate and undergraduate architecture students assist property owners with repairs to windows and screens, siding, and porches, as well as provide general yard maintenance and exterior painting. This is a free service provided to eligible property owners. 

The most recent S.T.A.R. project took place in the Dignowity Hill Historic District during the weekends of March 29-30 and April 5-6, 2014.  Click on the link below for "before" and "after" pictures of the properties that received assistance. Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and students for making a difference in the Dignowity Hill Historic District!

                                                                S.T.A.R. in Dignowity Hill - Spring 2014

 

Volunteer Opportunities

SA VolunteersHelp us preserve San Antonio's history!  You can volunteer to become a tour guide, help us with historic surveys, or participate in many fun community events.  There is also the opportunity to get hands-on experience in minor repair and maintenance of historic properties with our S.T.A.R. program and Preservation Day events.  Click on the link below to fill out a Volunteer Application Form to become a City of San Antonio volunteer.  Under the City Department box make sure to check Office of Historic Preservation.

SA Volunteers Application                                 SA Volunteer Flyer

Historic House Rescue List

The Office of Historic Preservation maintains a Historic House Rescue List of properties that are eligible for relocation (see links below).  Many of these properties are in need of significant rehabilitation.  If you are interested in more details about any of the potential properties, please contact Nicholas Fuqua at 207-0066 or by email at nicholas.fuqua@sanantonio.gov.

No properties are currently available at this time.

 

Social Media - Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

The Office of Historic Preservation maintains a Facebook page, Twitter account, and YouTube Channel.  Follow us using social media to keep up with all of our events and activities!

Friend us on Facebook: "City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation"

Follow us on Twitter at SA_Preservation.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel: SApreservation.