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SAN ANTONIO (August 10, 2018) – The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) is recommending to the Historic Design Review Commission (HDRC) the endorsement of the Historic Highway 90 corridor as a Cultural Heritage District when it meets on August 15 at 3 p.m. (1901 S. Alamo). Cultural Heritage designation is an honorary distinction designed for neighborhoods, corridors, individual buildings, sites, objects and elements of social heritage holding historic or cultural value to the community beyond architectural value.
“Earlier this year, OHP released a study finding the historic roadway qualified as a legacy corridor for its small business, music, and military heritage,” said OHP Director Shanon Miller. If the HDRC agrees, the Historic Highway 90 corridor will be the second Cultural Heritage District in San Antonio. The Jefferson Heights neighborhood, designated in 2005, is the only existing Cultural Heritage District in the city.
“We must never lose sight of the culture and history that built our community. The Office of Historic Preservation has done an amazing job of preserving the stories and culturally significant history of Old Highway 90, and I am proud of the corridor’s submission for designation as a Cultural Heritage District,” stated District 6 Councilman Greg Brockhouse. “Preserving our history is just as important as building our future. Old Highway 90 is a legacy that will live on and be preserved because the community stood up and told their story and the City listened.”
The eligibility of the corridor was determined through a cultural significance study conducted in cooperation with City Council District 6. The study, which consists of archival research, community input, and a standing structure survey, kicked-off with a storytelling event at Del Bravo Records in January. The study and videos of story-tellers may be found on the Office of Historic Preservation’s Culture and Community webpage: https://www.sanantonio.gov/historic/Programs/Culture.