Preservation Month 2014 - New Age of Preservation:  Embark, Inspire, Engage!

Preservation Month 2014May was Preservation Month, sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation! This year's theme was New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage.  The Office of Historic Preservation hosted a full month of events to highlight and encourage preservation throughout May.  Check out our initiatives at the sections below.

Preservation Month Calendar of Events

For information on past Preservation Month activities, click here.


Downtown Architectural Features Scavenger Hunt

Architectural Features Scavenger Hunt 2014Do you know downtown San Antonio? Participants used their sleuthing skills to find historic architectural features throughout downtown!  Folks who downloaded our Downtown Architectural Features Scavenger Hunt hit the streets on a quest to find these architectural gems.  Thank you to those who submitted their answers!  A drawing will be held soon and the winner announced so stay tuned.  Answers to the scavenger hunt are below.  

Architectural Features Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt Answers!



This Place Matters!

This Place Matters - Hanger 9 at Brooks City BaseThank you to everyone who participated in this year's "This Place Matters" photo campaign.  See a list of this years photos at the link below.  There's still time - you can send us a This Place Matters photo throughout the year.  Just have a photo taken of yourself in front of a favorite historic site in San Antonio.  Hold up the "This Place Matters" sign in your photo, available to download at the links below, and share your picture with us by email ( or social medial (using #PreservationMonthSA).  Thanks for helping us celebrate our historic city and the places that mean the most to you.

This Place Matters Sign (English)       This Place Matters Sign (Spanish)

See our This Place Matters Photos!


Annual State of Preservation Announcement & Reception - Thursday, May 1st

Mission San JoseThe Office of Historic Preservation, the National Park Service, and the San Antonio Public Library Foundation kicked off Preservation Month and celebrated the World Heritage nomination for the San Antonio Missions with a State of Preservation Announcement and Reception on Thursday, May 1, at the Mission Branch Library on Roosevelt Ave.  The evening included the opening of a new exhibit San Antonio Missions: Community Quest for World Heritage Status and a twilight tour of Mission San Jose.  The guest speaker at the event was Rachel Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of the Interior.  Thank you to everyone who joined us in kicking off Preservation Month, and we hope to see you at many of our events throughout May!

State of Preservation Announcement Photos


Paseo por el Westside - Saturday, May 3

Paseo por el WestsideThe Esperanza Peace and Justice Center and the Westside Preservation Alliance hosted the fifth annual Paseo por el Westside on Saturday, May 3, at the Casa de Cuentos  (816 S. Colorado at Guadalupe Street).  This free, family-friendly, outdoor event featured Westside neighborhood walking tours, music, performances, food, raspas, and more.  Demonstrations on traditional methods of washing clothes, making salsa, kite making for kids, the medicinal benefits of certain plants, and the different types of pan dulce highlighted the rich history and culture of San Antonio’s Westside!

Paseo por el Westside Photos


Presentation by Peg Breen of New York Landmarks Conservancy - Thurs., May 8th

A public presentation by New York City Landmarks Conservancy President, Peg Breen, titled "New York City Preservation: at the Pinnacle or on the Precipice" was held on Thursday, May 8, at the UTSA Downtown Campus.  The presentation was sponsored by the UTSA College of Architecture and co-sponsored by the Office of Historic Preservation and the San Antonio Conservation Society.



Urban Barns: Fort Sam Houston - Friday, May 9th

Caisson Section Barns at Fort Sam HoustonA lunch, lecture, and "urban barn" tour of Fort Sam Houston's stables housing the horses of the Caisson Section took place on Friday, May 9.  Fort Sam's Caisson Section is one of only two active duty, full-time units in the United States Army. Lunch was served at the historic Stillwell House, and noted historian John Manguso shared information on Fort Sam's rich military and architectural history. Participants then toured Fort Sam's Caisson Section barns.  The event was presented by AIA San Antonio, Famous Barns, Office of Historic Preservation, and Institute of Classical Architecture and Art Texas Chapter. 



Amazing Preservation Race - Friday, May 9th

The annual Amazing Preservation Race took place on Friday, May 9. The evening included an architectural scavenger hunt, physical challenges, and a fun after party at La Villita!  Teams of four put their history skills and street smarts to the test in a race through historic downtown. Each team was given a passport with clues to 6 locations.  At each location teams completed an activity for their next clue. Along the way teams also completed a certain number of "urban challenges." 

Amazing Preservation Race Photos



Amazing Preservation Race for Kids - Saturday, May 17th

Amazing Preservation Race for Kids - 2014The Amazing Preservation Race for Kids was a great success this year as elementary-aged children helped to celebrate Preservation Month!  Kids, along with their adult chaperones, used clues to solve riddles as they searched for destinations in the beautiful Monte Vista Historic District.  At each destination, participants completed an activity for their next clue. Games and snacks were waiting at the finish line, along with a grand prize for first place and a door prize drawing.  Thanks to the Monte Vista Historical Association, Villa Finale, Laurel Heights United Methodist Church, and all of our many volunteers for making the event possible!

Kids Race Photos

Amazing Preservation Race for Kids on KSAT

Go! Historic SA Guided Tour - Mid-Century Modern Architecture - Tues., May 20th

The OHP offered another of our Go! Historic SA Guided Tours on Tuesday, May 20,  highlighting some of downtown San Antonio's Mid-Century Modern architecture: those buildings constructed between 1945-1975.  Mid-Century Modern architecture represents a significant period in American architecture and a break from traditional architectural precedents.  New building materials, clean lines and surfaces, and lack of ornamentation created a distinctly different aesthetic in the American post World War II years.  The mid-century tour featured many buildings from this time period, and participants learned firsthand how mid-century modern architecture is "coming of age" in historic preservation.

We offer a number of Go! Historic SA Guided Tours throughout the year, so check out the 2014 Tour Schedule for a full list of upcoming OHP tours!


Learning from Lima, Peru: Presentation by Dr. Angela Lombardi - Thursday, May 22nd

Learning from Lima, PeruThe San Antonio Public Library, UTSA Center for Cultural Sustainability, and the OHP hosted lecturer Dr. Angela Lombardi from UTSA on May 22.  Dr. Lombardi's presentation, Learning from Lima, Peru: Lessons for San Antonio, highlighted her experience in Lima, Peru and how the lessons learned there may apply to San Antonio and the World Heritage Nomination for the Missions.  Thank you to Dr. Lombardi for her insightful presentation!



Preservation Day SA - Saturday, May 31st

Preservation Day SAThank you to all of our volunteers who participated in Preservation Day SA this month - we couldn't have done it without you!  Preservation Day SA was a workday organized to address exterior deterioration of historic properties. In celebration of Preservation Month, volunteers provided exterior repairs and maintenance to two homes in the Government Hill Historic District on May 31 from 8am-12pm. This was a great opportunity to do some hands-on work for those that didn't mind getting dirty while helping a homeowner complete labor intensive repairs. For questions about this event and more information on volunteering at future events, please contact Adriana Ziga at  210-207-0166 or Sponsored by the Power of Preservation Foundation.