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Published on Thursday, September 19, 2019


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SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 19, 2019) – The City’s Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) is hosting its annual Historic Homeowner Fair at the Pearl Stable (307 Pearl Pkwy.) on Saturday, Sept. 21, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Presented by Pearl, this fun, family-friendly event is free and brings homeowners together with preservation experts, city departments, and knowledgeable trades experts to discuss how to care for and maintain historic homes.


“We find there’s misinformation about what it means to live in a historic district and how to care for an older or historic home,” said Shanon Miller, OHP director. “This is a unique opportunity to become knowledgeable, not only about our design review process, but also about available tools for everyday maintenance issues or to research the history of your home.”


This year’s lineup includes:


Ask An Expert: City Services – no need to dial 311. City staff from multiple departments, such as Code Enforcement, City Arborist, permitting and zoning, will be available all day to answer questions and explain processes.

UDC 2020 – it’s an opportunity for the community to engage in discussions about potential changes to the Unified Development Code, the City’s comprehensive codes containing regulations related to the physical development of our city. Topic discussed will include processes like design review, designations, and infill development. The UDC is updated every 5 years.

When It Rains, It Pours: Water Conservation and the Historic Guidelines - Perennial favorite Mark Peterson of SAWS is back. Learn how to embrace sustainability, respect our community’s biocultural heritage, and best practices most appropriate for historic neighborhoods. Questions about trees, irrigation, and more, are welcomed.

Wood Window Workshop – with Steve Quillian is our most popular session. Repairing windows is not common knowledge to everyone, but being able to repair historic windows allows you to keep the original fabric and character of your historic home. Learn some tricks of the trade, like unsticking painted shut windows, removing and repairing window sashes, protection from lead paint exposure, and making inoperable windows function like new. 

Rehabber Club – makes an appearance in this year’s fair, with a panel comprised of experienced renovators who will share key lessons learned, how they navigated the historic guidelines, and how to establish a budget for your project.

For more information about this year’s Historic Homeowner Fair, visit us at

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