Office of Historic Preservation
Phone: (210) 215-9274
The Cattleman Square Historic District is a
small collection of streets on the west side of IH-35
immediately west of downtown. The buildings within the
district include a variety of late 19th and early 20th century
commercial and industrial structures. The Cattleman Square
Historic District is roughly bounded by Travis and Martin
Streets to the north, Buena Vista and Commerce Streets to the
south, Pecos La Trinidad (IH-35) to the east, and the railroad
tracks to the west. Cattleman Square was designated a
local historic district in 1985.
Another building of note within Cattleman Square is the former I&GN Hotel (Heimann Building) at 118 N. Medina. The three-story brick building was constructed in 1909 by noted San Antonio architect Atlee B. Ayres. Located across the street from the railroad station, the building was owned by businessman Silva Heimann and housed the International and Great Northern Hotel on the second and third floors. The intersection of Medina and Houston Streets was one of the busiest in the city with commercial and transportation activity. The area deteriorated after World War II, with many buildings demolished for construction of the interstate. In the 1970s, the Heimann Building reportedly had a cameo role in the movie "The Getaway" with Steve McQueen. The building remained mostly vacant until 2000 when it was rehabilitated for the national headquarters of Avance, a non-profit organization. Cattleman Square continues to boast a variety of late 19th and early 20th century commercial and industrial structures today.
Historic Preservation Certification Application-Part
1-Evaluation of Significance, Heimann Building/I&GN Hotel,
National Park Service, Office of Historic Preservation archives.