Preservation Month 2014 - New Age of Preservation:  Embark, Inspire, Engage!

Preservation Month 2014: Embark, Inspire, EngageMay is Preservation Month, sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation! This year's theme is New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage.  The Office of Historic Preservation has a full month of events to highlight and encourage preservation throughout May.  Click on the link below for our calendar of events.  Join us as we embark, inspire, and engage in historic preservation initiatives in San Antonio! 

Preservation Month Calendar of Events

Preservation Month Flyer - share your photos and stories with us!

For information on past Preservation Month activities, click here.



Annual State of Preservation Announcement & Reception - Thursday, May 1st

Mission ConcepcionJoin the Office of Historic Preservation, the National Park Service, and the San Antonio Public Library Foundation as we kickoff Preservation Month in May and celebrate the World Heritage nomination for the San Antonio Missions with the opening of a new exhibit San Antonio Missions: Community Quest for World Heritage Status. This event and reception will take place on Thursday, May 1 at the Mission Branch Library at 3134 Roosevelt Ave. from 6pm-7pm. Guest speaker will be Rachel Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of the Interior.  An evening tour of Mission San Jose will immediately follow the reception. For more information on this event, contact Cory Edwards at or 210-207-1496. 

State of Preservation Announcement Flyer 


Presentation by Peg Breen of New York Landmarks Conservancy - Thurs., May 8th

New York Landmarks ConservancyJoin us for a public presentation by New York City Landmarks Conservancy President, Peg Breen, titled "New York City Preservation: at the Pinnacle or on the Precipice" on Thursday, May 8, from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.  The lecture will be held in the Southwest Room of the Durango Building (DB 1.124) at the UTSA Downtown Campus.  The presentation is sponsored by the UTSA College of Architecture and co-sponsored by the Office of Historic Preservation and the San Antonio Conservation Society.



Urban Barns: Fort Sam Houston - Friday, May 9th

Urban Barn Fort Sam HoustonRegister today for this lunch, lecture, and "urban barn" tour of Fort Sam Houston's stables housing the horses of the Caisson Section, one of only two active duty, full-time units in the United States Army.  Lunch will be served at the historic Stillwell House, and noted historian John Manguso will share information on Fort Sam's rich military and architectural history. Participants will then tour Fort Sam's Caisson Section barns.  Event is Friday, May 9, from 11:30 - 1:30.

Registration is $35 per person.  Deadline to register is Friday, April 25.  Program will provide continuing education credits (1.5 LU/HSW hours).  Event presented by AIA San Antonio, Famous Barns, Office of Historic Preservation, and Institute of Classical Architecture and Art Texas Chapter.  Click on the link below for more information and to register or go to

Urban Barns: Fort Sam Houston


Amazing Preservation Race - Friday, May 9th

Amazing Preservation RaceThis event has it all! Architectural scavenger hunt, physical challenges, a fun after party, and prizes! Teams of four can register at Use the keyword "Amazing Preservation Race." Cost is $100 per team. Race day is Friday, May 9.

Teams must check in at La Villita by 5:00pm. Race starts at 5:30pm at Maverick Plaza in La Villita. Racers will have two hours to complete the course through historic downtown San Antonio! Each team is given a passport with clues to 6 locations. They must use their brains (and a smartphone if they need to) to find each stop. At each location teams must complete an activity to get their next clue. Along the way teams must also complete a certain number of "urban challenges." At 7:30 they must return to La Villita. There will be an after party until 8:30 at Bolivar Hall with food, drinks, and prize giveaways! For more information on this event, please contact Nicholas Fuqua at 210-207-0066 or


Amazing Preservation Race for Kids - Saturday, May 17th

Amazing Preservation Race for KidsThis is a free event designed for elementary school-aged children to celebrate Preservation Month. Kids, along with their adult chaperones, use clues to solve riddles as they search for destinations in the beautiful Monte Vista Historic District! At each destination, participants will complete an activity to get their next clue. Games and snacks will be provided at the finish line along with a grand prize for first place and a door prize drawing.

The race starts at 9:30am on Saturday, May 17, and participants should arrive by 9:00am to fill out a waiver and get their t-shirts and passports. For more information, contact Sara Luduena at or 210-207-4680.  

Go! Historic SA Guided Tour of Downtown Mid-Century Architecture - Tues., May 20th

Mid-Century Architecture TourThis guided tour, on Tuesday, May 20, at 5:30pm, will feature some of downtown San Antonio's most significant Mid-Century architecture: those buildings constructed between 1945-1975.  Participants will be divided into both running and walking groups based on preference. Cost is $15 per person and includes a "Know This Place?" t-shirt. Participants can register online and pay with a credit card at (available soon - stay tuned!). Use the keyword "Go! Historic SA." Please be aware that there is an additional fee for online registrations. Participants can also register by mail by downloading the application form at the link below or on-site the day of the tour. We accept cash or checks made payable to the City of San Antonio. For more information on this event, please contact Nicholas Fuqua at or 210-207-0066.

Mid-Century Architecture Tour Registration Form (coming soon)



Presentation by Dr. Angela Lombardi - Thursday, May 22nd

Mission ConcepcionThe San Antonio Public Library and OHP will host lecturer Dr. Angela Lombardi from UTSA. Dr. Lombardi will provide a presentation based on work she has conducted in Lima, Peru and how the lessons learned there apply to San Antonio and the World Heritage Nomination for the Missions. 

This lecture, on Thursday, May 22, from 6:30-7:30pm at the San Antonio Central Library (600 Soledad) is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Elizabeth Porterfield at 210-207-3327 or

Preservation Day SA - Saturday, May 31st

Preservation Day SAPreservation Day SA is a workday organized to address exterior deterioration of historic properties and achieve minimum maintenance requirements. In celebration of Preservation Month, volunteers will be providing exterior repairs and maintenance to three historic homes in the Government Hill Historic District on May 31 from 8am-12pm. This is a great opportunity to do some hands-on work and get some construction experience for those that don't mind getting dirty while helping a homeowner complete labor intensive repairs. For questions about this event and more information on volunteering, please contact Adriana Ziga at  or 210-207-0166.  Sponsored by the Power of Preservation Foundation.




This Place Matters!

This Place Matters - 1601 Guadalupe StreetLet us know the places that matter to you!  Be part of Preservation Month and the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "This Place Matters" message.  Have a photo taken of yourself in front of a favorite historic site in San Antonio.  Hold up the "This Place Matters" sign in your photo, available to download at the links below, and share your picture with us by email ( or social medial (using #PreservationMonthSA). Help us celebrate our historic city and the places that mean the most to you.

This Place Matters Sign (English)         

This Place Matters Sign (Spanish)



Other Preservation Month Activities


Hunting Down Your House History - Tuesday, May 6th

Hunting Down Your House HistoryInterested in learning about the history of your home? When was it built? Who designed it? Who lived there before you?  Join the San Antonio Public Library for a presentation to learn more about research techniques and sources available for answering those questions and more. Event is Tuesday, May 6, 2:00-3:00pm at the San Antonio Central Library Connect (600 Soledad).  For more information, see the flyer at the link below or call 207-2500 (ask for Genealogy).  Registration is required.

Hunting Down Your House History Flyer




Preservation Texas - Preservation Summit at the Capitol - May 20th

Preservation TexasThe 2014 list of Most Endangered Places will be officially announced (see details on submissions on the website) on the South Steps of the Capitol in the morning of Tuesday, May 20.  Within the Capitol Auditorium will be a fine program of briefings and speakers all to be announced in the intervening weeks.  This Day for Preservation is always a much anticipated event, so mark your calendars and come to Austin!

Preservation Texas - Preservation Summit