Past Preservation Month Activities in 2013, 2012, and 2011

 

National Preservation Month 2013 - See, Save, Celebrate!

See, Save, Celebrate!The Office of Historic Preservation promoted Historic Preservation Month in May 2013.  This year's theme was "See, Save, Celebrate!"  Together with local sponsors and partners, we presented a full month of events and activities to "See, Save, and Celebrate" the architecture, history, and culture of our city.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, partners, and participants for making this another very successful Historic Preservation Month! Check out all of this year's programs below.  More photos coming soon!

 

 

Preservation Month 2013 Sponsors and Partners

Preservation Month Sponsors 2013Preservation Month Partners 2013

 

 

 

 

 

State of Preservation Announcement and Reception

State of Preservation Announcement 2013We launched Historic Preservation Month 2013 with the State of Preservation Announcement and Reception on Tuesday, April 30, at Mission Concepcion.  City leaders and the Director of the Office of Historic Preservation highlighted San Antonio's recent accomplishments in historic preservation. 

State of Preservation Photos

 

 

Paseo por el Westside

Paseo por el Westside 2013The fourth annual Paseo por el Westside took place on Saturday, May 4, at the Rinconcito de Esperanza at 816 S. Colorado (at Guadalupe Street).  The Office of Historic Preservation partnered with the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, the Westside Preservation Alliance, and many other Westside volunteers to offer this outdoor celebration honoring San Antonio's historic Westside. The Paseo featured neighborhood walking tours, presentations, kids activities, food, music, teatro, and more!

Paseo Photos

 

Amazing Preservation Race

Amazing Preservation Race 2013The third annual Amazing Preservation Race took place on Friday, May 10.  This exciting downtown architectural scavenger hunt complete with costumed teams, trivia questions, and urban challenges at historic locations within the city was a big hit!  Teams of four used sets of riddles to find historic destinations throughout downtown. 

Amazing Race Photos

 

                       

Preservation Day SA: Join Us Out Here

Student Window WorkshopLeinenkugel & Power of Preservation (PoP) hosted Preservation Day SA: Join Us Out Here on Saturday, May 11.  A free Window Restoration Student Workshop was offered at the historic Acosta/Halff House in HemisFair Park.  Participants gained valuable hands-on skills and training in wood window restoration and repair. 

Student Window Workshop Photos

 

 

HemisFair Park & LaVillita Guided Walking & Running Tour

HemisFair - La Villita Tour 2013A Go! Historic SA Guided Running and Walking Tour of historic La Villita and HemisFair Park was held on Tuesday, May 14, with stops at varies locations within La Villita and HemisFair Park.  Participants learned about the fascinating early history of La Villita and the more recent history of HemisFair '68, the world's fair celebrating the shared culture of San Antonio and the Americas. 

HemisFair and La Villita Tour Photos

 

 

Amazing Preservation Race for Kids

Amazing Race for KidsThe annual Amazing Preservation Race for Kids was held on Saturday, May 18, in the King William Historic District. This scavenger hunt for elementary-aged kids included a morning of fun activities, while participants learned about history, architecture, and preservation. With adult chaperones, kids used clues to solve riddles as they searched for destinations throughout the King William neighborhood.

Kids Race Photos

 

 

Center City Open House at 201 W. Commerce Street

Center City Open House 2013The Center City Development Office, the Office of Historic Preservation, and the Department for Culture and Creative Development partnered to host the first Center City Open House event on May 28 at 201 W. Commerce Street.  For one night only, this vacant space was transformed from empty to vibrant through an incredible evening of art, dance, music, and fashion. This unique networking opportunity showcased an underutilized space and encouraged investment in San Antonio’s vacant historic buildings.  Participants included artist Rex Hausmann and friends, Ballet San Antonio, and San Antonio fashion designer Agosto Cuellar.

National Preservation Month May 2012 - Discovering San Antonio's Hidden Gems

Preservation Month 2012The Office of Historic Preservation was proud to promote National Historic Preservation Month in May 2012.  This year's theme was "Discover America's Hidden Gems."  Communities across the United States hosted programs and events promoting historic places. 

San Antonio is filled with historic treasures, so thank you to everyone who helped us "Discover San Antonio's Hidden Gems."   Together with local partners, we presented a full month of events to promote history and preservation in our city.  Check out all of our events below.       

 

Preservation Month Calendar 2012

Preservation Month 2012 Sponsors:

Preservation Month 2012 Sponsors

 

State of Preservation Announcement and Reception - Thursday, May 3rd

Spanish Governor's PalaceWe celebrated the launch of National Preservation Month 2012 with the State of Preservation Announcement and Reception on Thursday, May 3rd in the beautiful courtyard of the Spanish Governor's Palace.  City leaders and the State Historic Preservation Officer highlighted the recent accomplishments in historic preservation. 

The occasion initiated a full month of educational and fun-filled events to promote the "Power of Preservation" in San Antonio.  Thanks for helping to discover San Antonio's hidden gems and celebrate our historic city!

 

 

Mid-Century Modern: It's About Time - Friday, May 4th

As part of National Preservation Month, the San Antonio Conservation Society sponsored a half-day seminar--with a bus/walking tour that same morning--on "Mid-Century Modern: It’s About Time" on Friday, May 4th in the AIA – San Antonio Center for Architecture, 200 East Grayson Street, in the Pearl Full Goods Building. Featuring panels of local and regional experts, the seminar focused on mid-century modern architecture and design from the 1930s to 1970 and its importance in San Antonio’s architectural history. 

Speakers included Greg Smith, of the Texas Historical Commission; Anna Mod, historic preservation specialist with LFC, Inc.; Rebecca Schenker, AIA, founding principal of Weave Architecture; Stephen Fox, architectural historian and adjunct lecturer in architecture at Rice University and the University of Houston; Kathryn O'Rourke, professor of art and art history at Trinity University; and Jenni Minner, doctoral student in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin and president of MidTexMod.

 

Texas Independence Guided Walking & Running Tour - Saturday, May 5th

City Archaeologist Kay Hindes describing the Seige of Bexar at Main PlazaParticipants joined us for the Go! Historic SA guided running and walking tour of sites associated with Texas Independence on Saturday, May 5th. 

The tour included a stop at Main Plaza, where the City Archaeologist, Kay Hindes, described the Siege of Bexar. Re-enactors at the Alamo interpreted the significance of the former mission. Other sites on the route included Milam Park, the Cos House in La Villita, and the site of the former Veramendi Palace. This tour revealed little known facts about actual historic events of Texas Independence, including Santa Anna’s headquarters, Mexican cannon emplacements, burial site of Mexican soldiers, and the funeral pyre of Alamo defenders.  

We will offer a variety of other walking/running guided tours throughout the year, so check out the link below for our 2012 schedule.

Upcoming Guided Walking/Running Tours - 2012 Schedule

 

Paseo por el Westside - Sunday, May 6th

The third annual Paseo por el Westside was held on Sunday, May 6th at the Rinconcito de Esperanza at 816 S. Colorado (at Guadalupe Street).  The Paseo featured neighborhood walking tours, presentations, kids activities, food, music, teatro, and more! The day included a performance by Poet Laureate, Carmen Tafolla. Music was provided by Jacinto Guevara; Rita Vidaurri, Beatris Llamas and Perla Tapatia of Las Tesoros del Westside; and Eva Ybarra y su Conjunto.  The event was sponsored by the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP), Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, Westside Historic Preservation Alliance, and others. 

The Paseo is part of the ongoing Cultural Resource Survey initiative of the City’s historic Westside. Help generate interest in the preservation of the cultural and architectural heritage of San Antonio’s Westside community! 

 

Amazing Preservation Race for Kids - Saturday, May 19th

Amazing Race for Kids 2012The Amazing Preservation Race for Kids, held on Saturday, May 19 in the King William Historic District, was a great success! This scavenger hunt for elementary-aged kids was a morning of fun activities, while participants learned about history, architecture, and preservation. With adult chaperones, kids used clues to solve riddles as they searched for destinations throughout the King William neighborhood. At each destination, an activity was required in order to get the next clue.  Activities included such "old-fashioned" games as jumping rope, a clothes pin drop, croquet, and ball tossing.  Food, games, and prizes were provided at the finish line at the historic Steves Homestead.

 

 

Green Lifestyles in Historic Neighborhoods Forum - Sunday, May 20th

Shanon Peterson of the Office of Historic Preservation, green builder Juan Fernandez, and Lavaca homeowner and remodeler Scott Martin spoke at the Green Lifestyles in Historic Neighborhoods Forum on May 20th.  The forum presenters provided information about retrofitting historic homes and building inner-city communities that are environmentally and culturally sustainable.  Elaine Wolff of plazadearmastx.com was the moderater.

Sponsored by Build San Antonio Green, Big Grass Bamboo, Briones Engineering & Consulting, and the Liberty Bar at the Convent.

Check out the video of the event!

 

Amazing Preservation Race - Friday, June 8th

Due to weather, the Amazing Preservation Race was rescheduled for Friday, June 8th at 5:30 pm.  This downtown architectural scavenger hunt was complete with costumed teams, trivia questions, and urban challenges at six historic locations within the city. The race started and finished at La Villita, and a fun-filled after party was enjoyed by all!           

           Team "Jr Rangers" setting the table        Team "Remember the Tutus" studying the map

 

This Place Matters Photo Contest

This Place Matters - Giovanni's PizzeriaLet us know the historic places that matter to you!  Preservation Month may be over, but we'll still accept photos of places that matter!  Download a copy of the "This Place Matters" sign below and snap a photo of you holding the sign in front of a place that is significant to you.  Submit your photos to the Office of Historic Preservation at OHP@sanantonio.gov.

This Place Matters Sign

 

 

 

Preservation Month 2012

 

National Preservation Month 2011 - See some of the year's events!

This Place Matters 2010The Office of Historic Preservation once again participated in National Preservation Month in May 2011. Across the United States communities celebrated historic preservation through outreach programs. The National Trust for Historic Preservation chose the theme, "Celebrating America’s Treasures" for 2011. America’s treasures are more than landmark properties. They are individual houses and historic neighborhoods that create an inviting place to call home. They are commercial corridors that remind us of life before the shopping mall.  San Antonio is full of wonderful, unique places.  National Preservation Month gave us the opportunity to celebrate those places and educate the public on why they matter.

Check out all of our Preservation Month activities and see snapshots of our events at the links below.  Thank you to everyone who participated and a very big thank you to our Preservation Month Sponsors for making it all possible!

              

        Preservation Month Activities            Preservation Month Photos             Preservation Month Sponsors   

 

State of Preservation Announcement

State of Historic Preservation 2010We kicked off Preservation Month with a State of Preservation announcement by Mayor Julián Castro and Historic Preservation Officer Shanon Peterson Wasielewski in the courtyard of the restored Spanish Governor’s Palace, a National Historic Landmark in the heart of downtown. A Reception followed.

Running tours and new walking tours explored central San Antonio. Like last year, we teamed up with Villa Finale and the San Antonio Conservation Society’s Steves Homestead to host the Amazing Preservation Race for kids.  The This Place Matters photo contest runs all month as part of the national contest sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

 

 

Guided Running and Walking Tours

Guided Running Tour Logo 2011Downtown Run on May 8thThe Office of Historic Preservation launched our 2011 Go! Historic SA Guided Running and Walking Tours. We added new routes this year and offered fitness walking tours in addition to our 5k guided runs. At various stops along the route, tour guides shared the stories behind the buildings, neighborhoods, and parks that make San Antonio unique. Runners and walkers of all abilities participated.

As part of Preservation Month, the OHP offered two guided tours in May. The Downtown Tour was held on Mother’s Day, May 8th, at 8:00 a.m. The tour began at the City Marina, located at 202 E. Nueva, and included stops at the Milam Building and other sites along the Texas Star Trail, Main Plaza, Houston Street, and the Hugman River Walk. The tour was a great way to start a Mother’s Day celebration!Brackenridge Park Run on May 26th

On Thursday, May 26th, at 6:00 p.m. guides led runners and walkers on a Brackenridge Park Tour. The tour began at the zoo parking lot on N. St. Mary’s Street and included stops at the Japanese Tea Gardens, the Spanish Colonial Era Acequia, Joske Pavillion, the Tuesday Music Club, and Trinity University.

Additional running/walking tours will be offered throughout the year - see schedule of upcoming tours below.                                     

Schedule of Upcoming Running/Walking Tours

 

Texas Star Trail Downtown Walking Tour Brochure

Texas Star Trail BrochureThe San Antonio Conservation Society has unveiled the newly revised brochure for the self-guided Texas Star Trail Downtown Walking Tour of San Antonio’s historic sites. The Texas Star Trail Tour was initially produced by the Conservation Society in 1986 to celebrate Texas Star Trail Tour Unveiling at the Spanish Governor's PalaceTexas’ Sesquicentennial. With the help of the Office of Historic Preservation, the City’s Downtown Operations Department, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the walking tour has been updated to reflect the changes to our city’s core over the past 25 years.  

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, 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!

Texas Star Trail Downtown Walking Tour

 

Paseo por el Westside - May 7th

Paseo por el Westside - May 7thWe continued our Westside Cultural Resource Survey Initiative with the Paseo por el Westside event on Saturday, May 7th.  The Office of Historic Preservation  partnered with the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, the Westside Historic Preservation Group, the Westside Development Corporation (WDC), the San Antonio Conservation Society, and the Avenida Guadalupe for a fun-filled day highlighting San Antonio's historic Westside.  The event included neighborhood walking tours, architectural survey training, Westside presentations, food, music, teatro, and more!

The Westside Cultural Resource Survey initiative is an ongoing project.  Stay tuned for upcoming events.  If you are interested in participating in a Westside survey, please contact Elizabeth Porterfield at elizabeth.porterfield@sanantonio.gov or 207-3327 or the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center at 228-0201.

                                     Westside Matters Poster                         Paseo por el Westside Photos                    

 

Amazing Preservation Race - May 13th

Amazing Preservation Race 2011The Amazing Preservation in downtown San Antonio was a huge success with 27 teams participating!  Teams competed in an architectural scavenger hunt, complete with trivia questions and urban challenges.  An awesome after-party was held at Mi Tierra!  

Each team received a packet of information, including a list of various downtown locations and descriptions, visual clues, and a set of riddles that were used to find each destination. Once each destination was reached, teams had to perform an activity to get the next clue. Between locations, teams were responsible for performing an urban challenge.

Winners of Amazing Preservation Race - ArchiTreks

The winning team was ArchiTreks with a time of 55 minutes and 20 seconds.  They each won a 2-night stay at the Emily Morgan Hotel and Road ID bracelets.

Best Costume Award - Victory or Death

Winner of the best costume award was the team Victory or Death. Team members won a gift set from The Alamo.

Amazing Preservation Race Photos

Thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers for making this event such a success!

 

 

Amazing Preservation Race for Kids - May 21st

Amazing Preservation Race for Kids The second annual Amazing Preservation Race for Kids was a big success, despite the early morning rain! Over 60 kids, with One of the stops along the Amazing Preservation Raceadult chaperones, joined in for a morning of fun activities, food, and prizes while learning about history, architecture, and preservation!  Using clues to solve riddles, participants searched for destinations in the King William Historic District. At each destination kids completed a physical challenge such as jumping rope or croquet in order to get their next clue. 

The winning team received passes to Sea World. The second place team won passes to Fiesta Texas, and the third place team received passes to Natural Bridge Caverns.  Other prizes included passes to the San Antonio Museum of Art, the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, the Witte Museum, and the Magik Theater, as well as croquet sets, puzzles, and more! Food, games, and crafts forAmazing Race for Kids Winners - May 2011 all were provided at the finish line. 

Thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers for making this event possible!

Check out the slideshows below for photos of the event!

Amazing Preservation Race for Kids - Slideshow from Kens 5 News

Amazing Race Slideshow - Office of Historic Preservation