Office of Historic Preservation
Phone: (210) 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 in the Dignowity Hill Historic District during the weekends of March 29-30 and April 5-6, 2014. Click on the link below for "before" and "after" pictures of the properties that received assistance. Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and students for making a difference in the Dignowity Hill Historic District!
Want to make a difference in upcoming S.T.A.R. projects? Forms are also being accepted for S.T.A.R. sponsorships. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out an SA Volunteers Application (and check "Office of Historic Preservation" under the City Department box on the form).
Past S.T.A.R. projects have assisted numerous homeowners in the Dignowity Hill, Tobin Hill, and Government Hill Historic Districts and the Five Points neighborhood. Check out our Past Events page for more information and photos of past S.T.A.R. projects.
The Wells Fargo Housing Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to the Power of Preservation Foundation, a non-profit of the City’s Office of Historic Preservation (OHP). San Antonio-based Loan Administration Manager Tasonia Hendrix nominated the organization and helped coordinate the process of awarding the grant.
"Wells Fargo has long understood that we can be no stronger, nor more successful, than the neighborhoods and communities where we do business. Supporting our communities allows us to better meet our customers' financial needs and helps us to achieve our goal to be one of America's best companies," said Steve Arnold, area president for Wells Fargo in San Antonio.
These funds will be used for the Students Together Achieving Revitalization (S.T.A.R.) Project, a homeowner assistance program offered by the OHP in collaboration with the UTSA College of Architecture and the San Antonio College. Twice a year, architecture and construction management students, with the help of local volunteer contractors, gather to provide exterior repairs and maintenance to homes in San Antonio’s historic districts. This year’s S.T.A.R. Program was held Nov. 16-17. Approximately 25 Wells Fargo volunteers assisted the students with the restoration project.
Started in 2012, the Power of Preservation Foundation (PoP) is a coalition of advocates, agencies and private businesses interested in preserving San Antonio’s history, heritage and built environment. In addition to support of preservation programs, PoP seeks to engage young professionals and students to become the next generation of preservationists. - By Helen Bow, Corporate Communications, Wells Fargo