Culture & Community


The Office of Historic Preservation sponsors a number of programs and initiatives highlighting preservation throughout the community.   


The San Antonio Living Heritage Symposium gathered presenters from around the world for a ground-breaking collaboration to advance new ideas and models for cultural sustainability. 



Cultural significance is evaluated by identifying and assessing heritage values associated with a site. Values, as identified in the Burra Charter, are organized in categories of aesthetics, historic, scientific and social values. For these reports, values have been determined through research, engagement with community, and primary information gathered through site visits.

Legacy Business Program

OHP’s Legacy Business program is a component of our ScoutSA Living Heritage Initiative. ScoutSA encourages San Antonians to explore, discover, and celebrate the historic resources that make San Antonio unique.


Mission historic district design manual
Review the draft and leave us your comments! 


Review the Final Draft of the Mission District Design Manual, and tell us what you think! The Mission Historic Design Manual will be a district specific set of guidelines that include historic design, signage and low impact development best practices. 

A copy of the draft is available in the link above and is available in-person at the Mission Library (3134 Roosevelt Ave, San Antonio, TX 78214) and the District 3 Constituent Office (3319 Sidney Brooks, Building 510, San Antonio, TX 78235).

To submit your feedback, please click this link to open the Google Form. Simply provide your comments in the field, with page numbers if appropriate, and submit. Staff will review and share with the HDRC, Zoning Commission, and City Council. 


What's your San Antonio story? Share your experiences and memories of events, traditions and people that need to be preserved and passed down to future generations and help OHP create cultural maps of San Antonio. 

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Con SaFo San Antonio

Preservation is all about People + Place. Local heritage is more than just our historic buildings. It the personal and shared experiences that give places meaning. We launched the Con Safo social media campaign in 2015 to provide a method for people to share their favorite places and stories. Con Safos is a term used to mean “this is protected, don’t mess with it” (among its other meanings), and it's the perfect phrase for San Antonians to use when sharing the stories of places that matter to them.

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Historic Plaques

The Office of Historic Preservation is pleased to announce the Historic Plaque Program! Historic plaques are available for individual local landmarks and contributing properties within local historic districts. 


Westside Cultural Resource Survey Initiative

This is an ongoing initiative to identify, document, and protect places of cultural, historical, and architectural significance on San Antonio’s Westside. 


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