Preservation Events & Announcements


Preservation Month 2014:  Embark, Inspire, Engage!

Preservation Month 2014: Embark, Inspire, EngageMay is Preservation Month, sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation! This year's theme is New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage.  The Office of Historic Preservation has a full month of events to highlight and encourage preservation throughout May.  Click on the link below for our calendar of events.  Join us as we embark, inspire, and engage in historic preservation initiatives in San Antonio! 

Preservation Month Calendar of Events

Preservation Month Flyer - share your photos and stories with us!

Preservation Month Page - for more details on all of our events!



Know This Place? New T-Shirts Now Available!

Know This Place? t-shirtGet  the latest  Know this Place? t-shirt today! The OHP is offering the second in a new series of Know This Place? t-shirts highlighting historic sites in San Antonio.  This new t-shirt, featuring the beautiful Old Lone Star Brewery (now SAMA), is only available while supplies last.  Get it while it’s here!  Look out for future designs in the Know This Place? t-shirt series coming later. T-shirts are $15.00. Contact the OHP at 215-9274 for information or to purchase yours today.


Westside Cultural Resource Survey

Westside Landmarks 2013The Office of Historic Preservation has partnered with the Westside Preservation Alliance (WPA), the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, the Westside Development Corporation (WDC), the San Antonio Conservation Society, the Old Spanish Trail Centennial (OST 100), and other volunteers to launch a Westside Cultural Resource SurveyThis is an ongoing initiative to identify, document, and protect places of cultural, historical, and architectural significance on the Westside of San Antonio.  Working with our community partners, we have identified over 90 historic properties and potential districts that are significant to the Westside community (see Westside Potential Landmarks link below). 

A Kick-Off Event was held in February 2011. A Westside Potential Landmarks Meeting was held on August 13, 2012, to solicit community feedback. Many of the properties identified during the survey have been recommended eligible for local landmark designation.  A meeting for owners of these properties was held on December 11, 2012.  We are pleased to announce that twenty two (22) of the properties representing Phase I of the landmark initiative were designated as local historic landmarks by City Council on March 21, 2013.  See the Phase I designated landmark list below.

A Phase II landmark initiative began recently with a public meeting for property owners on September 10, 2013. The presentation from the meeting and the list of Phase II potential landmarks are available at the links below.  Twenty five (25) of these properties were recommended eligible for landmark designation by the HDRC on November 20, 2013 and will be continuing through the next two steps of the landmark designation process (Zoning Commission and City Council) in the upcoming months.  The Phase II landmarks are scheduled for the Zoning Commission meeting on May 20, 2014.

For additional information about the Westside Cultural Resource Survey and the Westside potential landmarks, please contact Elizabeth Porterfield (207-3327) or Nicholas Fuqua (207-0066).

                 Westside Potential Landmarks                                  Public Feedback on Westside Potential Landmarks

            Phase I Designated Westside Landmarks                               Phase II Potential Westside Landmarks

                                          Westside Landmarks Meeting 9-10-13 Presentation


SACS Historic Preservation Award Winners Honored

San Antonio Conservation SocietyThe San Antonio Conservation Society will honor the winners of it biannual Historic Preservation Awards for the Built Environment and its Texas Preservation Hero Awards at a dinner and awards ceremony on Thursday, March 27, from 6:00-9:00 pm at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.  Click on the link below for a full list of award winners.  Event is $90 per person and includes cocktails and a full-course dinner. Advance reservations and payment are required by March 20th.  Contact the San Antonio Conservation Society at 224-6163 or to RSVP.

Historic Preservation Award Winners


SACS Names 2013 Community Grant Recipients

SACS 2013 Grant Recipient - former Escobedo Creamery - 2211 W. SalinasUsing the proceeds from its 2013 presentation of "A Night In Old San Antonio®" (NIOSA®), the San Antonio Conservation Society (SACS) is awarding $93,000 in grants to 12 historic preservation projects that fulfill its purpose to "preserve and to encourage the preservation of historic buildings, objects, places and customs relating to the history of Texas, its natural beauty and all that is admirably distinctive to our State."  Since 2000 alone, the Society’s grants program has awarded more than $1.5 million dollars to individuals and organizations for rehabilitation, restoration, and educational programs related to historic preservation.  For the complete list of 2013 recipients, please click on the link below.

SACS 2013 Community Grant Recipients


Energy Retrofits for Historic Homes - Center for Cultural Sustainability

Center for Cultural Sustainability - UTSA College of ArchitectureThe Center for Cultural Sustainability through the U.T.S.A. College of Architecture has produced an informative resource guide on energy retrofits for historic homes in hot, humid climates.  The guide provides helpful information to homeowners about cost-effective improvements that will lower energy use while retaining the cultural heritage and integrity of their historic houses.  Download a copy of the guide at the link below.  For more information visit the Center for Cultural Sustainability website.

Energy Retrofits for Historic Homes in Hot-Humid Climates


National Preservation Institute - 2013-2014 Seminars

The National Preservation Institute, a nonprofit organization founded in 1980, educates those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage. The 2013-2014 National Preservation Institute seminar schedule is available online at The 2013-2014 NPI News Release includes the calendar and seminar descriptions.

                                  National Preservation Institute



Amendment to Local Historic District Creation Process

Amendment to Historic District Creation Process An amendment to the policy for the creation of local historic districts (UDC Chapter 35, Article VI Historic Preservation and Urban Design, Division 2 Historic Preservation, Section 35-605) was approved by City Council on December 6, 2012.   The amendment fosters greater neighborhood participation and requires property owners to demonstrate sufficient support for district designation prior to starting the public hearing process.  For more detailed information on the approved amendment to the historic district creation process, please see the link below. 

Amendment to Local Historic District Creation Process


Alta Vista - Eligible for Local Historic District Designation

Alta VistaThe Alta Vista neighborhood, currently a Neighborhood Conservation District, is considering potential historic district designation.  This early 20th-century neighborhood is located west of San Pedro and includes a variety of historic housing types such as Craftsman bungalows and Classical Revival style homes.  The presentation given to the neighborhood association by the Office of Historic Preservation is available to view below.  For more information, please contact Elizabeth Porterfield at 207-3327.

Alta Vista Presentation



Highland Park - Eligible for Local Historic District Designation

Highland ParkHighland Park is an early 20th-century neighborhood on the city's near southeast side that has been determined to be eligible for local historic district designation.  OHP staff presented information at the Highland Park Neighborhood Association meetings on March 14th and June 13th about the history of the neighborhood and what it would mean if the neighborhood decides to pursue historic district designation.  The Highland Park presentation is available at the link below.  For more information, please contact Elizabeth Porterfield at 207-3327.

Highland Park Presentation



Mahncke Park - Eligible for Local Historic District Designation

Mahncke ParkMahncke Park is an urban neighborhood largely composed of 1920s bungalows designed by developer H.C. Thorman.  Although currently a Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD), Mahncke Park has expressed interest in becoming a local historic district.  OHP staff recently presented general information about historic district designation at a Mahncke Park Neighborhood Association meeting in February 2013 (see the presentation at the link below). 

At this time, the neighborhood is considering the potential historic district boundary.  The map at the link below identifies the resources within Mahncke Park that have been identified as contributing and non-contributing to a potential historic district.  When a potential district boundary has been finalized, OHP staff will hold a public meeting for all property owners within the boundary area.  All owners will be notified of the meeting (when scheduled) by mail.  For more information, please contact Elizabeth Porterfield at 207-3327 or

                                Mahncke Park Presentation                        Mahncke Park Resource Map




Discover Historic Travis Park

Historic St. Anthony Hotel on Travis ParkTake a self-guided tour through historic Travis Park!  The Office of Historic Preservation has completed a walking tour brochure of Travis Park and the surrounding historic buildings (including some of those that are no longer standing!).  Spend some time in this urban green space and learn about the history of St. Mark's Episcopal Church and the St. Anthony Hotel. 

Travis Park Walking Tour Brochure



Get Lost in the River Walk! - Smartphone Tour of Original Hugman Features

Hugman Walking TourThe San Antonio River Walk is a nationally recognized tourist attraction and one of the country’s most unique urban linear parks.  An initial concept for beautification and commercial development of the San Antonio River was conceived in 1929 by a visionary young architect named Robert H. H. Hugman. Work began on the River Walk project in 1939 under partial funding from the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Hugman’s River Walk included the construction of numerous walkways, staircases, bridges, lush plantings, and the Arnesan River Theater. Although Hugman was dismissed from the project by the city in 1940, he was honored in the 1970s for his significant contribution to San Antonio. 

In recognition of R. H. H. Hugman’s important role in the development of the River Walk, the City has installed commemorative plaques at original Hugman features. The bronze plaques replicate the architectural seal used on Hugman’s original drawings.

A Hugman Riverwalk Smartphone Tour highlighting 12 key Hugman features is available.  We invite you to explore our River Walk using this Historic Hugman River Walk Tour complete with text by renowned San Antonio historian Lewis Fisher and historic photos.  Get lost in the history of Hugman’s River Walk…enjoy your discovery!  An audio tour is also available online at


Texas Star Trail Downtown Walking Tour Brochure

Texas Star Trail Walking Tour BrochureThe San Antonio Conservation Society offers a self-guided Texas Star Trail Downtown Walking Tour of San Antonio’s historic sites. The Texas Star Trail Tour was initially produced by the Conservation Society in 1986 to celebrate Texas’ Sesquicentennial. With the help of the Office of Historic Preservation, the City’s Downtown Operations Department, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the walking tour has been updated to reflect the changes to our city’s core over the past 25 years.  

Historic sites are identified with a Texas Star medallion in the sidewalk in front of each structure. Smaller medallion markers in the sidewalk connect the sites along the 2.6 mile length. The Texas Star Trail brochure is available at the San Antonio Conservation Society’s headquarters at 107 King William Street, at the San Antonio Visitor Center at 317 Alamo Plaza, at the Office of Historic Preservation, and at the link below. Take a tour through downtown on the Texas Star Trail to discover our city's rich history!

Texas Star Trail Downtown Walking Tour Brochure


Houston Street Interpretive Kiosks

Houston Street KioskExplore downtown Houston Street and learn about the architecture and history of this significant commercial corridor through a series of interpretive kiosks. Former public telephone kiosks have been adaptively reused by the City's Downtown Operations Department and the Office of Historic Preservation, in partnership with the General Services Administration Good Neighbor Program. The eight kiosks between N. Alamo and N. Santa Rosa Streets feature interpretive panels highlighting many of the historic structures along Houston Street. 

Downtown Houston Street contains many examples of San Antonio’s spectacular commercial architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  As San Antonio developed into the largest city in Texas by 1900, Houston Street was transformed from a muddy lane into the city’s major business corridor.  In the period roughly between 1880 and World War II, Houston Street experienced an unprecedented building boom which produced some of San Antonio’s most beautiful commercial structures.

Houston Street Kiosk Brochure and Map


Neighborhood Tours Online

TourNeighborhood discovery tours are available online! The tours feature Downtown North River, the Westside, and the Eastside. Each tour includes restaurants, arts and culture, people, historic sites and landmarks, and local shops in the neighborhood. This is a great opportunity to explore San Antonio’s rich cultural heritage throughout the city. The tours are free of charge and available to download or view online at



Two House Museum Tours for One Special Price!

Villa FinaleSteves HomesteadThe Steves Homestead and Villa Finale have forged a joint collaboration!  Visitors can purchase a combo ticket and enjoy self-guided tours of both the historic Steves Homestead and Villa Final for one special price. The Steves Homestead, at 509 King William Street, was constructed in 1876 for Edward Steves, founder of San Antonio's first lumber company.  The house, now operated by the San Antonio Conservation Society, is a museum with furnishings, fixtures, and decor highlighting San Antonio in the late 19th century.  Villa Finale, one block north  at 401 King William Street, was originally constructed in 1876 and underwent several additions by 1906. It was purchased and restored by Walter Nold Mathis is the late 1960s.  Today, the museum features a magnificent collection of Mr. Mathis's decorative arts and furniture.  The special combo tour tickets can be purchased for $12 at either site.  For more information see the flyer below or contact the San Antonio Conservation Society ( or Villa Finale (

Joint Tour of Steves Homestead and Villa Finale Flyer