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Office of Historic Preservation
Phone: (210) 215-9274
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
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
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
Our offices are located at the Development and
Center at 1901
Explore our website to find out more about who we are and what we
Save 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
Dr. 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
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:
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
Mission Protection Overlay Districts Presentation
(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
in Dignowity Hill - Spring 2014
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
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
No properties are currently available at this time.
The Office of Historic Preservation maintains a
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