Office of Historic Preservation
Phone: (210) 215-9274
Below are many of the events and programs that the Office of Historic Preservation has sponsored. For additional information on any of these, please contact the Office of Historic Preservation staff at 215-9274.
S.T.A.R. (Students Together Achieving Revitalization) is a partnership between the Office of Historic Preservation, the UTSA College of Architecture, San Antonio College, the Historic Preservation Association (HPA), and local contractors to provide minor exterior home repairs and maintenance to homeowners within local historic districts. Graduate and undergraduate architecture students assist property owners with repairs to windows and screens, siding, and porches, as well as provide general yard maintenance and exterior painting. This is a free service provided to eligible property owners.
The most recent S.T.A.R. project took place on the city’s Westside on November 16-17, 2013. Several houses within the near Westside were painted and received minor repair and yard work. Thank you to all of our students, contractors, sponsors, and donors for making this service learning project possible!
The 5th Annual Historic Homeowner Fair was held on Saturday, November 16, at the Pearl Full Goods Studio and Breezeway (200 E. Grayson). Thank you to all of our sponsors, exhibitors, and participants who helped to make the day such a success!
Educational sessions included topics such as historic home additions, infill and new construction in historic districts, increasing the energy efficiency of your windows, and more. Hands-on demonstrations were offered in restoring wood windows and historic home triage in dealing with neglected historic structures. Click on the links below to view the educational sessions offered at this year's fair.
S.T.A.R. (Students Together Achieving Revitalization) is a partnership between the Office of Historic Preservation, the UTSA College of Architecture, San Antonio College, the Historic Preservation Association (HPA), and local contractors to provide minor exterior home repairs and maintenance to homeowners within local historic districts. Graduate and undergraduate architecture students assist property owners with repairs to windows and screens, siding, and porches, as well as provide general yard maintenance and exterior painting. Several contractors have generously volunteered their time to work with students, and other sponsors have donated food, supplies, and funding.
The latest S.T.A.R. project took place in the Knob Hill Historic District on April 6-7 and 13-14, 2013. Check out more information and photos of all of the houses that participated in the S.T.A.R. project in Knob Hill at the links below.
(Students Together Achieving Revitalization)
is a partnership between the Office of Historic Preservation, the UTSA
College of Architecture,
The S.T.A.R. Program recently provided services to homeowners in the Government Hill Historic District on November 17 and 18, 2012. Thank you to all of our sponsors, volunteers, and participants for making the weekend a success! Check back soon for photos of the event or check out our S.T.A.R. Page and Past Events Page for photos of recent S.T.A.R. Projects. Click on the links below for photos of the S.T.A.R. weekend and a story on the Government Hill S.T.A.R. Program on Univision.
Thanks to those who joined us for our Go! Historic SA Guided Running and Walking Tour of the Downtown Holiday Lights on Thursday, Dec. 6th. The tour started and finished at historic Casa Navarro and included stops at Main and Military Plaza, La Villita, the Riverwalk, and more. Participants learned about our historic downtown while taking in the beautiful holiday lights!
Thanks also to all of our guides, re-enactors, and participants who joined us on our second annual Go! Historic SA Guided Running and Walking Tour of the historic Eastside Cemeteries in October. We had a great turnout and beautiful weather to get everyone into the Halloween spirit! The tour highlighted several of the 31 historic cemeteries within the district, and re-enactors portrayed a number of the famous "residents" buried there. See photos of the Eastside Cemeteries Tour here.
Our walking and running guided tours are offered periodically throughout the year so check our Events and Announcements page for upcoming dates!
Dr. Harry Shafer, Retired Professor Emeritus from Texas A&M University and Historic Design and Review (HDRC) Commissioner for Council District 2 was honored on Saturday Oct. 27, 2012, with the Texas Archeological Society’s (TAS) Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented at the TAS Annual Meeting held in Tyler, Texas on Oct. 25-28, 2012. The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor that the TAS bestows. The award recognizes an individual TAS member’s lifetime commitment to Texas archaeology. It is presented as deemed appropriate by the TAS Board to a TAS member in recognition of his or her lifetime involvement in TAS and Texas archaeology. Dr. Shafer's nomination stated: "He has made significant contributions to Texas archaeology that were and continue to be unparalleled. As a professor at Texas A&M University, he has left a robust imprint on the current cultural landscape of Texas archaeologists, providing a knowledge base of basic and advanced methodological and theoretical underpinnings that are sure to be employed for many years to come."
Dr. Shafer was appointed to the HDRC in 2009.
He is a Fellow of the TAS (1985) and received the President's
Merit Award from the TAS in 2004. Other awards
include the Texas Historical Commissions (THC) Archeologist of the Year
in 1994, the Society of American Archaeology (SAA) Award for Excellence
in Lithic Studies in 1995, and the Association of Former Students of
Texas A&M Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. Dr. Shafer has over 50
years of professional experience in archaeology. He
founded the archeology program in the Department of Anthropology at
Texas A&M in 1972 where he taught for 30 years. He is the co-author of
Ancient Texans: Rockart and Lifeways along the Lower Pecos,
Mimbres Archaeology at the NAN Ranch Ruin, New Mexico, Painters
in Pre-history: Archaeology and Rockart of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands
(in press), and co-wrote Field Methods in Archaeology and Maya
Stone Tools. He has authored numerous other publications.
Dr. Shafer currently is President of Abasolo Archaeological
year, archaeologists in
The Southern Texas Archaeological Association (STAA), the National Park Service (NPS), and the Archeological Institute of America, Southwest Texas Regional Association (AIA-SWTAS) hosted an Artifact Identification Day on Sat. Oct. 20, 2012, at the Mission Concepcion Convento. Participants brought in historic and prehistoric artifacts and "whatzit" items for identification by expert archaeologists, See below for photos of the event.
The 4th Annual Historic Homeowner Fair on Saturday, August 25th at Thomas Jefferson High School was a big success! Thank you to all of our sponsors, exhibitors, presenters, volunteers, and attendees for once again making this event a great opportunity for historic homeowners and those interested in historic buildings.
The day featured educational sessions covering topics such as preservation and sustainability, financing rehabilitation projects, repairing historic windows, mid-century modern architecture in San Antonio, and much more. The midday keynote session was a presentation of the first public draft of the proposed Historic District Design Guidelines. The exhibitor hall included products, services, and information targeted to residents interested in preserving historic homes. Activities for school-age children were hosted by the Thomas Jefferson High School architecture students.
The educational sessions will be available to view on our website, so check back soon. Don't miss the opportunity to review and comment on the draft Historic District Design Guidelines (see links further down the page).
A recent S.T.A.R. project in Spring 2012 focused again on the Tobin Hill Historic District and for the first time in the Five Points neighborhood. Students and contractors assisted homeowners for two weekends on March 24-25 and March 31-April 1, 2012. See photos of the work done in both neighborhoods at the link below.
S.T.A.R. stands for Students Together Achieving Revitalization and is a service-learning project with the Office of Historic Preservation, UTSA's College of Architecture, and San Antonio College architecture students. Students provide homeowners of properties within historic districts assistance with minor exterior repairs and maintenance at no cost to the homeowner.
(Students Together Achieving Revitalization)
came to Tobin Hill! The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) partnered
with UTSA College of Architecture and
Thank you to all of our sponsors, contractors, and student volunteers for making the weekend a great success! Check out the link below for photos of the event.
Read about S.T.A.R. in the UTSA College of Architecture Winter 2011 Newsletter (pg. 7) and in San Antonio Magazine!
Over 100 participants joined us on Saturday, October 29th for the Go! Historic SA Guided Running & Walking Tour of the historic Eastside Cemetery District! Established in the early 1850s, the district encompasses 31 different historic cemeteries on the City’s near Eastside and includes burials of many famous San Antonians.
Runners and walkers of all skill levels participated, and as a special treat, interpretive docents portrayed some of the most famous residents buried within the district including Clara Driscoll, Samuel Maverick, William Menger among others.
Saturday October 8, 2011 the
The event was co-sponsored by the University of Texas at San Antonio's Center for Archaeological Research and the Institute of Texan Cultures, the Southwest Texas Archaeology Society (AIA), San Antonio Museum of Art, Southern Texas Archaeological Association, Casa Navarro (Texas Historical Commission), Goliad State Park (Texas Parks and Wildlife), San Antonio River Authority, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, Texas Coritani, and the City of San Antonio's Office of Historic Preservation. Funding was provided by the National Park Service and other sponsoring institutions.
Thank you to everyone who attended our 3rd
Annual Historic Homeowner Fair on Saturday, August 27th!
Historic Homeowner Fair provided residents and professionals with a
unique opportunity to interact and discuss issues related to caring for
Educational presentations and a midday plenary
session covered topics including preservation and sustainability,
financing rehabilitation projects, landscaping for historic properties,
UTSA College of Architecture instructors and graduate
students were on hand at the "Ask an Expert" booth to
answer questions about rehabilitation plans. Homeowners brought
photographs and ideas and received free advice from these experts in
preservation and architectural design.
The "Historic House Research" booth was very busy throughout the day. Researchers from the San Antonio Conservation Society, the City of San Antonio Municipal Records & Archives, and the San Antonio Public Library Texana/Genealogy Department provided homeowners with resources for uncovering the history of their homes. Download the Historic House Research Guide provided by the Office of Historic Preservation and the Historic Resources Guide from the Texana/Genealogy Department.
View many of the Educational Presentations offered at the Fair.
Fair Sponsors: Thank you to all of our sponsors
who have made this event possible!
Historic Homeowner Fair Sponsors: Thank you to all of our sponsors who have made this event possible!
Window Restoration Workshop,
presented by the City’s Office of Historic Preservation and the UTSA
College of Architecture, was held on September 16th and 17th to teach the basics of wood window
care and repair.
rehabilitated wood windows in the historic Acosta Halff House in
HemisFair Park. The workshop provided a hands-on opportunity for
homeowners, students, and contractors to learn do-it-yourself techniques
and proper maintenance for wood windows.
Participants rehabilitated wood windows in the historic Acosta Halff House in HemisFair Park. The workshop provided a hands-on opportunity for homeowners, students, and contractors to learn do-it-yourself techniques and proper maintenance for wood windows.
Window workshops are offered periodically throughout the year. Stay tuned for information about upcoming workshops.
The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) coordinated two service projects called S.T.A.R. (Students Together Achieving Revitalization) with students from the UTSA College of Architecture. This group of over 250 graduate and undergraduate architecture students assisted homeowners in the Dignowity Hill Historic District with minor exterior repairs and maintenance projects during the first two weekends of November 2010 and again for two weekends in March and April 2011. Over 25 houses participated in the project to promote revitalization in this Eastside neighborhood. Homeowners were assisted with windows, siding, porches, general exterior yard maintenance, and painting. Volunteer contractors and building professionals were on hand to lend support. Read all about the November project in the S.T.A.R. Report 2010.
Check out the before and after photos from the most recent S.T.A.R. Project 2011 this spring.
A big thank you to our sponsors who have helped to make this event possible!