Office of Historic Preservation
Phone: (210) 215-9274
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!
We 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.
The 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!
The 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.
Leinenkugel & 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.
Go! Historic SA Guided Running and Walking Tour of
historic La Villita and HemisFair Park was held on
The 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.
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
The 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.
We 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!
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
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.
joined us for
the Go! Historic SA guided running and walking tour of sites associated with
The tour included a stop at
We will offer a variety of other walking/running guided tours throughout the year, so check out the link below for our 2012 schedule.
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
The 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.
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.
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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!
Let 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.
The Office of Historic Preservation
once again participated in National Preservation Month in May 2011.
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!
We kicked off Preservation Month with a
Running tours and new walking tours explored central
The Office of Historic Preservation
launched our 2011 Go! Historic SA Guided Running and Walking
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
On Thursday, May 26th, at 6:00 p.m.
guides led runners and walkers on a
Additional running/walking tours will be offered throughout the year - see schedule of upcoming tours below.
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, 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!
We 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-3327 or the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center at 228-0201.
The 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.
The winning team was ArchiTreks with a time of 55 minutes and 20 seconds.
They each won a 2-night stay at the
W inner of the best costume award was the team Victory or Death. Team
inner of the best costume award was the team Victory or Death. Team memberswon a gift set from The Alamo.
Thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers for making this event
such a success!
Thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers for making this event such a success!
The second annual Amazing Preservation Race for Kids was a big success, despite the early morning rain! Over 60 kids, with adult 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.
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
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!
and crafts for all
at the finish line.
all were provided at the finish line.
Thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers for making this event
Thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers for making this event possible!
Check out the slideshows below for photos of the event!