Historic Design Guidelines

Historic Design GuidelinesThe Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) is pleased to announce that the City of San Antonio Historic Design Guidelines were adopted by City Council on November 8, 2012. The OHP worked with a volunteer steering committee and consultants Clarion Associates and Hardy Heck Moore, Inc. to plan and execute the Historic Design Guidelines. The draft document was advertised and made available for public comment through two public meetings prior to creation of the final draft. We appreciate all of the community feedback on this initiative.

The Historic Design Guidelines provide historic district residents, property owners, professionals working with historic properties, and potential construction applicants a background history of the City's historic districts, an understanding of architectural design principles, and guidelines which promote predictability and ensure compatibility between new development and the existing historic environment. Successful historic design guidelines help to reinforce and preserve the character of our historic districts!

The adopted Historic Design Guidelines are available to view and download at the links below.  Hardcopies are also available at the following public libraries: Central Library, Landa Branch, San Pedro Branch, Mission Branch, Carver Branch, and the Bazan Branch.


                                             Using the Historic Design Guidelines
                                             Exterior Maintenance and Alterations
                                             New Construction
                                             Site Elements
                                             A Guide to San Antonio's Historic Resources


School of Aerospace Medicine Historic District Design Guidelines

Adopted by Council on October 3, 2013, the School of Aerospace Medicine Design Guidelines recognize the historic importance of the Brooks SAM Campus and San Antonio’s legacy in the development of the Man-in-Space Program. They also encourage sensitive development that conforms to the setting of existing buildings, the conservation of historic resources, and investment in the campus.  The former Brooks School of Aerospace Medicine is a local historic district.

School of Aerospace Medicine Design Guidelines