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Welcome to the Office of Historic Preservation

Office of Historic PreservationThe Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) protects the historical, cultural, architectural, and archaeological resources that make San Antonio unique.  Our office promotes preservation through the creation of local historic districts and local individual landmarks.  Along with the Historic and Design Review Commission (HDRC), the OHP oversees a design review process for exterior alterations to historic landmarks and districts, properties within the RIO districts (spanning the San Antonio River), public properties, and public art to ensure that modifications and changes are appropriate for historic resources.  We coordinate with other City departments to comply with required environmental review processes to protect historic resources. 

The OHP is also committed to historic preservation outreach and education.  We have established a Preservation Academy to host lectures, workshops, and events promoting historic preservation to the community.  We have offered Window Restoration Workshops, a Homeowner’s Fair, and many other activities to share information about caring for historic resources. 

Our offices are located at the Development and Business Services Center at 1901 S. Alamo.  Explore our website to find out more about who we are and what we do! 


Haunted Downtown San Antonio Tour - Tues., Oct. 28th

Emily Morgan HotelRegister now for the upcoming guided tour of downtown San Antonio's historic sites and haunted places!  This tour will focus on downtown history and architecture and the haunted stories and sightings of our historic city. Tour will begin at the Gazebo in Alamo Plaza. Participants should arrive for check-in at 5:30pm. Participants will be divided into walking and running groups based on preference. Registration is $15 and includes an official OHP t-shirt. Register online at (keyword "Go! Historic") or by sending in a registration form (available at the link below). You may also register in person at the event.  Please note that there is an additional fee for online registration.  Hope to see you there!

Haunted Downtown San Antonio Tour Registration Form


Save the Date - The How and Why of Preservation: Community & Economy - Nov. 7th

The How and Why of PreservationSave the date for two exciting events on November 7th:  Why and How to Preserve Wood Windows and Reception and Conversation with Vince Michael. We are very pleased to bring Vince Michael, Director of the Global Heritage Fund to San Antonio to talk about historic preservation. 

From 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Vince Michael and Victor Salas, owner of Artchitectural Interiors, will provide a workshop on preserving wood windows.  Cost for the window workshop is $25 ($10 for students).  Following the workshop from 5:00 - 7:00 pm, there will be a reception and conversation with Vince Michael on The How and Why of Preservation. The reception is free and open to the public.  Both events will take place at Brooks City Base, Bldg. 150 (2510 Kennedy Circle).  For more information, contact Edward Hall at 207-4680.  Hope you can join us!

The How and Why of Preservation Event Flyer


Conversations in Historic Preservation

Conversations in Historic PreservationWhat does historic designation mean to you and your property? The Office of Historic Preservation recently hosted three community workshops to explain and discuss the process and impact of historic designation. The community posed many questions about historic district designation at the September meeting, and OHP staff has responded to these inquiries at the link below.  Questions and answers from the October meetings will be addressed shortly and will be available here soon.  If you have additional questions or comments, please call 207-3327 or 207-0241.

Meetings were held on: September 17, October 4, and October 15


Community Questions-OHP Responses  -  Review OHP responses to the questions from the community meeting on Sept. 17 


6th Annual Historic Homeowner Fair a great success!

Historic Homeowner FairThe 6th annual Historic Homeowner Fair on Saturday, September 27, at the Pearl Full Goods Studio & Breezeway was another great success this year with over 450 participants.  Thank you to all of our sponsors, exhibitors, presenters, demonstrators, and volunteers - we couldn't have done it without you!  This year's fair provided information on a wide variety of topics related to historic homes. Thank you again to everyone who helped to make this event such a success!

Historic Homeowner Fair Sponsors

Historic Homeowner Fair Exhibitors    



Vacant and Underutilized Buildings Policy approved by City Council

City Council unanimously approved a new ordinance on June 19, 2014, which established a pilot program to address common problems associated with vacant and underutilized buildings. For more information, visit the website at:


Proposed Mission Protection Overlay Districts

Mission ConcepcionThe San Antonio Missions have been nominated as a World Heritage Site.  In order to protect these important community treasures, the City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation has hosted two public meetings to discuss four proposed Mission Protection Overlay zoning districts. Follow the link below to view the presentation that was given at the most recent meeting.

The proposed overlay districts would regulate building height within a 1,500-foot buffer area of Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. Protecting the scenic quality of these sites is imperative to the success of the nomination. The proposed restrictions would address future multi-story buildings, structures and objects; single-story projects will not be impacted.

For more information, please contact Cory Edwards, Planner at (210) 207-1496 or

Mission Protection Overlay Districts Presentation


S.T.A.R. Project Returned to Dignowity Hill - Spring 2014

S.T.A.R. Westside 2013S.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. This is a free service provided to eligible property owners. 

The most recent S.T.A.R. project took place in the Dignowity Hill Historic District during the weekends of March 29-30 and April 5-6, 2014.  Click on the link below for "before" and "after" pictures of the properties that received assistance. Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and students for making a difference in the Dignowity Hill Historic District!

                                                                S.T.A.R. in Dignowity Hill - Spring 2014


Volunteer Opportunities

SA VolunteersHelp us preserve San Antonio's history!  You can volunteer to become a tour guide, help us with historic surveys, or participate in many fun community events.  There is also the opportunity to get hands-on experience in minor repair and maintenance of historic properties with our S.T.A.R. program and Preservation Day events.  Click on the link below to fill out a Volunteer Application Form to become a City of San Antonio volunteer.  Under the City Department box make sure to check Office of Historic Preservation.

SA Volunteers Application                                 SA Volunteer Flyer

Historic House Rescue List

The Office of Historic Preservation maintains a Historic House Rescue List of properties that are eligible for relocation (see links below).  Many of these properties are in need of significant rehabilitation.  If you are interested in more details about any of the potential properties, please contact Nicholas Fuqua at 207-0066 or by email at

No properties are currently available at this time.


Social Media - Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

The Office of Historic Preservation maintains a Facebook page, Twitter account, and YouTube Channel.  Follow us using social media to keep up with all of our events and activities!

Friend us on Facebook: "City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation"

Follow us on Twitter at SA_Preservation.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel: SApreservation.