Center City Development & Operations Department
City Hall Renovation

Project Overview

City Hall Entrance

At nearly 130 years old, San Antonio’s City Hall is an icon of public service and municipal government seated in the heart of downtown. Though City Hall has grown and adapted over time, the building has not been renovated in decades. A recent facility assessment confirmed that the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and elevator systems require extensive repair or replacement. The City is now undertaking the much-needed modernization of City Hall through a $38 million City Council-approved renovation project. The restoration will be respectful of the building’s history and will result in better efficiencies, public meeting spaces and connection with the community. The exciting expansion of the front entrance to increase accessibility to City Hall further exemplifies the City’s commitment to sensitive and inclusive design.

The renovation of City Hall began in 2018. The offices of the Mayor, City Council and City Manager will move back into the building upon completion. The Office of the City Attorney and City Clerk will move into the renovated City Tower Building.

Historical image of City HallIn 1888, the San Antonio City Council commissioned architect Otto Kramer to design a city hall. The original design, a grand statement of Renaissance Revival architecture, included corner turrets and a prominent dome topped with an octagonal clock tower. Local stonemason Frank Teich embellished the structure with distinctive limestone elements, some of which survive today. The completion of City Hall in 1889 helped establish San Antonio as a prominent city in the United States.

By 1927, a growing city and booming economy led to the addition of a fourth floor, expanding the building to its current size of 52,000 sq. ft. This new design by local firm Adams & Adams removed all of the turrets and tower and drastically changed the entrances on the east and west façades to conform more closely the Spanish Colonial Revival style that was widely popular in San Antonio during the roaring ‘20s. The firm also designed other notable San Antonio landmarks, including Thomas Jefferson High School.


City Hall may be under construction, but it’s business as usual at the City of San Antonio. Don’t know where to go? The following changes are in effect beginning Aug. 1, 2018:

Office of the Mayor

  • 115 Plaza de Armas, 2nd floor

City Council Offices

  • 115 Plaza de Armas, 2nd floor
  • District field offices

City Council & Committee Meeting Agendas

  • An interactive, electronic touchscreen kiosk is now located at Municipal Plaza Building Lobby, 114 W Commerce. The kiosk displays agendas for meetings of the City Council, City Council Committees and City Boards & Commissions.

Office of the City Manager

  • 115 Plaza de Armas, 2nd floor

Office of the City Attorney

  • International Center, Second Floor

Government & Public Affairs

Office of the City Clerk

  • Submitting a claim, bid or alcohol variance? Visit the Municipal Archives & Records Facility at 719 S. Santa Rosa
    • Hours of Operation: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday
    • Free parking available in rear of the building.
    • Other services offered at this location include passport processing, vital records (birth and death certificates) and research of archival records.
  • Administrative Offices: 114 W. Commerce
  • For more information regarding the Office of the City Clerk, call the main line at 210-207-7253.

Mailing address for all City Facilities

P.O. 839966 San Antonio, TX 78283

Project Presentation