Office of Historic Preservation
Phone: (210) 215-9274
The Office of Historic Preservation will again promote Historic Preservation Month in May 2013. This year's theme is "See, Save, Celebrate!"
San Antonio is filled with historic treasures, so join us as we "See, Save, and Celebrate" the architecture, history, and culture of our city. Together with local partners, we are presenting a full month of events and activities guaranteed to get you in the preservation spirit! Check out all of the events below.
See some of the past year's Preservation Month activities here.
Join us as we launch Historic Preservation Month 2013 with the State of Preservation Announcement and Reception on Tuesday, April 30, at 4:15 pm at Mission Concepcion. City leaders and the Director of the Office of Historic Preservation will highlight San Antonio's recent accomplishments in historic preservation.
The fourth annual Paseo por el Westside will take place on Saturday, May 4, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Rinconcito de Esperanza at 816 S. Colorado (at Guadalupe Street). The Office of Historic Preservation is partnering with the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, the Westside Preservation Alliance, and many other Westside volunteers to offer this outdoor celebration honoring San Antonio's historic Westside. The Paseo will feature neighborhood walking tours, presentations, kids activities, food, music, teatro, and more!
The Paseo is part of the ongoing
Cultural Resource Survey initiative and landmark designation. Help generate interest in the
preservation of the cultural and architectural heritage of
For more information click here and scroll down to "Westside Cultural Resource Survey."
Don't miss this exciting downtown architectural scavenger hunt complete with costumed teams, trivia questions, and urban challenges at historic locations within the city! This is a scavenger hunt like no other that will test your knowledge of San Antonio architecture and history. Teams of four will use a set of riddles to find historic destinations throughout downtown. The race, on Friday, May 10, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, will start and finish at La Villita. Cost is $100 per team and preregistration is required. Space is limited, so sign up today! Register online here (keyword Amazing Preservation Race).
Leinenkugel & Power of Preservation (PoP) will host Preservation Day SA: Join Us Out Here on Saturday, May 11, in the Highland Park neighborhood. Be one of the volunteers to help homeowners in the neighborhood with minor repair and maintenance and yard cleanup. A volunteer after-party will be hosted by Glazer's Distributors. Come out and help us make a difference! For more information see the flyer below or contact Joe Frank Picazo at 207-5421.
As part of Preservation Day SA a Window Restoration Student Workshop will be offered at the historic Acosta/Halff House in HemisFair Park on Saturday, May 11, from 8:00 am-4:00 pm. Participants will gain valuable hands-on skills and training in wood window restoration and repair. This FREE workshop is open to currently enrolled students with a valid ID. For details see the Window Workshop flyer and registration form at the links below.
Register for the
Go! Historic SA guided running and walking tour of historic La Villita and
HemisFair Park on
The tours are a great way to get fit and learn about our city. Tours are $15 per person and are offered for both walkers and runners. Register online (keyword guided tour) or fill out the registration form at the link below. Tours are offered throughout the year, so check out the 2013 Tour Schedule below for upcoming tours dates.
The Amazing Preservation Race for Kids will be held on Saturday, May 18, from 9:00 am to noon in the King William Historic District! This scavenger hunt for elementary-aged kids includes a morning of fun activities, while participants learn about history, architecture, and preservation. With adult chaperones, kids will use clues to solve riddles as they search for destinations throughout the King William neighborhood. At each destination, an activity will be required in order to get the next clue. Food and drinks will be provided at the finish line.
Free and open to elementary-aged children. Registration begins at the Villa Finale Visitor Center at 122 Madison Street at 9:00 am. See you there!
one night only, a vacant space will go from empty to vibrant through an
incredible evening full of art, dance, music, and fashion. The Center City
Development Office, the Office of Historic Preservation, and the Department
for Culture and Creative Development are partnering to host the
first Center City Open House event, which will take place on May 28 from
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 201 W. Commerce. This unique networking
opportunity will showcase an underutilized space and encourage investment in
The event will also give guests an exclusive
opportunity to enjoy complimentary drinks from Freetail Brewery and
international hors d’oeuvres by Ming’s Thing. This event is free and
open to the public. Guests can take advantage of the
City’s Downtown Tuesday free-parking initiative. Complimentary
parking at 506 Dolorosa Street parking lot after 5:00 p.m. For more
information, please contact Details at the
Details at the link below.
Let us know the historic places that matter to you! Download a copy of the "This Place Matters" sign below and snap a photo of you holding the sign in front of a place that is important to you. Submit your photos to the Office of Historic Preservation at OHP@sanantonio.gov. See, save, and celebrate the places in San Antonio that matter!
As part of National Preservation Month, the San Antonio Conservation Society and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are sponsoring a seminar on "Historic House Museums in the 21st Century" on Saturday, May 18 at 10:00 am at the River House (located behind The Steves Homestead at 509 King William Street). Featuring panels of local and regional experts, the seminar will focus on house museums and their importance.
Seating is limited and advance registration is required; $40 for SACS members and $50 for non-members before May 8. Space permitting, the cost is $60 after May 8. To register for this seminar, please visit www.saconservation.org (click Historic Preservation Month under the Events & Calendar tab). For more information, contact the San Antonio Conservation Society at 210-224-6163 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Villa Finale as they celebrate Preservation Month with two exciting events! The first is Villa Finale and King William: History Through Architecture on Thursday, May 2 from 5:30-6:30 pm. Hosted by renowned preservation architect and historian Lewis Fisher, this presentation highlights both the interior and exterior architecture of Villa Finale as well as many of King William's residences.
The second event on Saturday, May 11, from 10:00 am-2:30 pm, is Mathis and Ford Homes: A Grand Tour for the Historic Preservation Enthusiast. Villa Finale Curator, Meg Nowack, will host this tour focusing on preservationist Walter Mathis and architect O'Neil Ford. The tour includes Villa Finale, the former office of O'Neil Ford in King William, and Willow Way, the former residence of O'Neil Ford. For more information, contact Villa Finale at 210-223-9800 or click on the flyer link below.