Office of Historic Preservation
Phone: (210) 215-9274
The Office of Historic Preservation will again promote Historic Preservation Month in May 2013. This year's theme is "See, Save, Celebrate!"
San Antonio is filled with historic treasures, so join us as we "See, Save, and Celebrate" the architecture, history, and culture of our city. Together with local partners, we are presenting a full month of events and activities guaranteed to get you in the preservation spirit! Check out all of our events at the links below.
S.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. Several contractors have generously volunteered their time to work with students, and other sponsors have donated food, supplies, and funding.
The latest S.T.A.R. project took place in the Knob Hill Historic District on April 6-7 and 13-14, 2013. Check out more information and photos of all of the houses that participated in the S.T.A.R. project in Knob Hill at the links below.
Past S.T.A.R. projects have assisted numerous homeowners in the Dignowity Hill, Tobin Hill, and Government Hill Historic Districts and the Five Points neighborhood. Check out our Past Events page for more information and photos of past S.T.A.R. projects.
Register for the
Go! Historic SA guided running and walking tour of historic La Villita and
HemisFair Park on
The tours are a great way to get fit and learn about our city. Tours are $15 per person and are offered for both walkers and runners. Register online (keyword guided tour) or fill out the registration form at the link below. Tours are offered throughout the year, so check out the 2013 Tour Schedule below for upcoming tours dates.
one night only, a vacant space will go from empty to vibrant through an
incredible evening full of art, dance, music, and fashion. The Center City
Development Office, the Office of Historic Preservation, and the Department
for Culture and Creative Development are partnering to host the
first Center City Open House event, which will take place on May 28 from
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 201 W. Commerce. This unique networking
opportunity will showcase an underutilized space and encourage investment in
The event will also give guests an exclusive
opportunity to enjoy complimentary drinks from Freetail Brewery and
international hors d’oeuvres by Ming’s Thing. This event is free and
open to the public. Guests can take advantage of the
City’s Downtown Tuesday free-parking initiative. Complimentary
parking at 506 Dolorosa Street parking lot after 5:00 p.m. For more
information, please contact Details at the
Details at the link below.
Office of Historic Preservation has partnered with
the Westside Preservation Alliance (WPA), the
Esperanza Peace and
A Kick-Off Event was held in February 2011 to initiate the project. A Westside Potential Landmarks Meeting was held on August 13, 2012, to solicit community feedback on the over 90 identified properties and sites. Information on the properties was made available for public review and comment at the Bazan Library, Guadalupe Street Coffee, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, and the Office of Historic Preservation through September 14. Many of the properties identified during the survey have been recommended eligible for local landmark designation. A meeting for owners of these properties was held on December 11, 2012. The presentation from the meeting is available at the link below and highlights the benefits of landmark designation, the landmark designation process, and available tax incentives for landmarked properties.
Twenty four (24) of the properties represent Phase I of the landmark initiative and are currently in the process of local landmark designation. They were recommended for approval by the Historic and Design Review Commission on January 16, 2013. The next steps of the landmark designation process include approval by the Zoning Commission (March 5) and City Council (March 21). See the Phase I landmark list below. For additional information about the Westside Cultural Resource Survey and the Westside potential landmarks, please contact Elizabeth Porterfield (207-3327) or Nicholas Fuqua (207-0066).
An amendment to the policy for the creation of local historic districts (UDC Chapter 35, Article VI Historic Preservation and Urban Design, Division 2 Historic Preservation, Section 35-605) was approved by City Council on December 6, 2012. The amendment fosters greater neighborhood participation and requires property owners to demonstrate sufficient support for district designation prior to starting the public hearing process. For more detailed information on the approved amendment to the historic district creation process, please see the link below.
Using the proceeds from its 2012 presentation
of "A Night In Old San Antonio®" (NIOSA®), the San
Antonio Conservation Society has awarded more than $134,000 this month
in grants and special allocations to 15 historic preservation projects
that fulfill its purpose to "preserve and to encourage the preservation
of historic buildings, objects, places and customs relating to the
history of Texas, its natural beauty and all that is admirably
distinctive to our State." Grants were awarded to 12 individuals
or organizations in two categories: nine grants for residential
historic structures and three grants for education projects.
The Society began its building grants program
for the restoration or rehabilitation of residential and commercial
historic structures that are at least 50 years old in 1990. Grants
for educational projects relating to historic preservation were added in
the early 1990s. Since 2000 alone, the Society’s grants
program has awarded more than $1.8 million dollars to individuals and
organizations. For a complete list of the
2012 Community Grants recipients, please see the link below.
For a complete list of the 2012 Community Grants recipients, please see the link below.
Highland Park is an early 20th-century neighborhood on the city's near southeast side that has been determined to be eligible for local historic district designation. OHP staff presented information at the Highland Park Neighborhood Association meetings on March 14th and June 13th about the history of the neighborhood and what it would mean if the neighborhood decides to pursue historic district designation. The Highland Park presentation is available at the link below. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Porterfield at 207-3327.
Mahncke Park is an urban neighborhood largely composed of 1920s bungalows designed by developer H.C. Thorman. Although currently a Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD), Mahncke Park has expressed interest in becoming a local historic district. OHP staff recently presented general information about historic district designation at a Mahncke Park Neighborhood Association meeting in February 2013 (see the presentation at the link below).
At this time, the neighborhood is considering the potential historic district boundary. The map at the link below identifies the resources within Mahncke Park that have been identified as contributing and non-contributing to a potential historic district. When a potential district boundary has been finalized, OHP staff will hold a public meeting for all property owners within the boundary area. All owners will be notified of the meeting (when scheduled) by mail. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Porterfield at 207-3327 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Archaeological Institute of America Southwest Texas Archaeological Society (AIA-SWTAS) will offer a 2012-2013 Lecture Series! These lectures are free and open to the public and cover a wide variety of topics within the field of archaeology. The lecture series calendar, along with other related activities and events, is available at the link below.
In May, 2012, the Texas Archeological Society (TAS) was named as a Preserve America Steward. Twenty-one Preserve America Stewards from all across the nation have been officially designated and recognized for their exemplary volunteer efforts to care for historic resources around the country since the program was announced in 2008. Other groups from Texas include the German Texan Heritage Society, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) RIP Program, and the THC Texas Archeological Stewards Network. Check out the link below for further information!
The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) has included Texas Courthouses on its 2012 list of 11 Most Endangered Places. In 1999, the Texas legislature created the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program. The program is administered by the Texas Historical Commission and has provided some $247 million in matching grants to fully restore 62 historic courthouses and partially assist 21 more. The Bexar County Courthouse has been restored through this program. Texas' historic courthouses represent some of the most significant public architecture in the state, ranging in style from Romanesque, like our Bexar County Courthouse, to more modern Art Deco. Check out the links below for more information on the NTHP's 11 Most Endangered Places and the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program.
San Antonio River Walk is a nationally recognized tourist attraction and
one of the country’s most unique urban linear parks.
An initial concept for
beautification and commercial development of the
In recognition of R. H. H. Hugman’s important role in the development of the River Walk, the City has installed commemorative plaques at original Hugman features. The bronze plaques replicate the architectural seal used on Hugman’s original drawings.
Hugman Riverwalk Smartphone Tour has recently been unveiled
highlighting 12 key Hugman features. We
invite you to explore our River Walk using this Historic Hugman River
Walk Tour complete with text by renowned
The City of
The San Antonio Conservation Society
has unveiled the
newly revised brochure for the self-guided Texas Star Trail
Downtown Walking Tour of
Historic sites are identified with a Texas Star medallion in the sidewalk in front of each structure. Smaller medallion markers in the sidewalk connect the sites along the 2.6 mile length. The revised Texas Star Trail brochure is available at the San Antonio Conservation Society’s headquarters at 107 King William Street, at the San Antonio Visitor Center at 317 Alamo Plaza, at the Office of Historic Preservation, and at the link below. Take a tour through downtown on the Texas Star Trail to discover our city's rich history!
Explore downtown Houston Street and learn about the architecture and history of this significant commercial corridor through a series of interpretive kiosks. Former public telephone kiosks have been adaptively reused by the City's Downtown Operations Department and the Office of Historic Preservation, in partnership with the General Services Administration Good Neighbor Program. The eight kiosks between N. Alamo and N. Santa Rosa Streets feature interpretive panels highlighting many of the historic structures along Houston Street.
Downtown Houston Street contains many examples of