The Office of Historic Preservation sponsors a number of programs and initiatives highlighting preservation throughout the community.
LIVING HERITAGE Symposium
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 REPORTS
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 the Living Heritage Initiative. Businesses eligible for this program have been around for 20 years or more and contribute to the history, culture, and authentic identity of San Antonio.
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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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.