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Published on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

OHP Hosts Students Together Achieving Revitalization (STAR)

Students Learn “Hands-On” as They Repair Historic Homes in Mission Historic District

SAN ANTONIO (Apr. 5, 2916) – Community volunteers, students from The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Architecture and San Antonio College (SAC) Architecture Program, and the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) will repair five homes in the Mission Historic District located in City Council District 3 as part of the Students Together Achieving Revitalization (S.T.A.R.) project.

“We started this program in 2010 and so far, we have been able to complete work on more than 100 historic homes. This is an innovative and proactive approach to preserve the history, heritage, and motivate other homeowners to invest in their homes,” said Shanon Miller, OHP Director.  

“Programs such as S.T.A.R allow students to connect with their community and appreciate the history and culture surrounding their neighborhood,” commented Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran, District 3. “As a newly designated World Heritage city, it is important that we continue to invest and help where we can in the area near the World Heritage Missions.”

Taking place on April 9 - 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., volunteer contractors mentor architecture and construction science students as they assist homeowners with minor exterior repair and maintenance to their historic homes. Sponsored by Spawglass, Guy Chipman Construction, Architectural Interiors and AO Design and Construction, the historic homes being revitalized are: 

  • 519 Hansford St.
  • 3238 Mission Rd.
  • 3219 Mission Rd.
  • 9143 Espada Rd.
  • 9518 Espada Rd.

Volunteers will be meeting at Mission Branch Library, located at 3134 Roosevelt Ave.

For more information or if interested in volunteering, visit SApreservation.com.

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