Your portal to historic preservation in San Antonio
February 2018
A message from the Director
Shanon Shea Miller, AICP
Wow - January has flown by quickly! OHP has already hosted a number of public meetings and events, and it was great to reconnect with so many of you after the holidays. We have several staff changes and exciting announcements included in this edition of our newsletter.
On January 13, OHP's ScoutSA program registered its first local business to our recently-launched Legacy Business Program. The Legacy Business Program is a new and exciting tool for recognizing and supporting heritage businesses that contribute to the culture and character of San Antonio. Del Bravo Records, which launched the careers of many nationally and internationally famous musicans, has been in continuous operation for 52 years. Councilman Greg Brockhouse joined me and OHP in recognizing this iconic business as part an event organized to gather stories and photos about Old Highway 90.
The Historic and Design Review Commission unanimously approved designation of the Westfort Historic District. As the name implies, this neighborhood is located west of Fort Sam, between the base and Brackenridge Park Golf Course. If approved by City Council, Westfort will become San Antonio's 30th historic district. Congratulations to the residents who rallied and organized around their designation!
Last, I want to invite you all to our launch of a preservation happy hour: PoP on the Rocks! Join OHP and the Power of Preservation Foundation (PoP) tonight starting at 5:30 at Burleson Yard Beer Garden, just outside the Dignowity Hill Historic District. Part of the PoP mission, in addition to supporting preservation education and training programs, is to engage young professionals and students to become the next generation of preservationists. We see this event as a great way for young preservationists to meet the people already doing important conservation and planning work in our city. We want to make this a regular event, so keep an eye on our newsletters and Facebook page for future happy hour announcements.
I hope to see you all tonight at Burleson Yard!

News & Announcements
OHP Gathers Input at Viewsheds Public Meeting
On Monday, January 29, OHP hosted a public workshop at AIA San Antonio to discuss views and sites that should be protected by future viewshed designation. OHP asked people to submit photos via social media tagged #ThisViewMatters, and the resulting images were used to facilitate discussion. Following an introduction to viewshed protection, attendees were invited to write love notes to their favorite views and add them to the posted photos.

Viewshed protection is an ongoing discussion; the date and time of a second public meeting will be announced soon. If you're unable to attend a public meeting, we still want your input. Please take time to email your photos and comments to or share them on social media (Facebook or Instagram) using #ThisViewMatters and tagging @sapreservation.

San Antonians Share Stories of Old Highway 90
On Saturday, January 13, OHP and Councilman Greg Brockhouse invited citizens to Del Bravo Records to share photos, stories, and memories about the businesses and neighborhoods along Old HIghway 90. OHP filmed interviews with residents to preserve their stories for future projects about this important historic corridor.

ScoutSA Launches Legacy Business Program
Del Bravo Records is the first inductee to the new Legacy Business Program, OHP's ScoutSA program announced Saturday, January 13, at an Old Highway 90 storytelling event. Stay tuned for a major announcement on February 7 about how you can nominate your favorite Legacy Business.

OHP Announces Change to Administration of Downtown Design Guide
Effective March 1, 2018, design review for new construction projects falling within the purview of the Downtown Design Guide (2014) will be administered by OHP. Applications made to the Historic and Design Review Commission will be processed by OHP staff in accordance with timelines outlined in the UDC for other HDRC cases and will continue to be reviewed for conformance with the established design standards and guidelines. For consistency with current customers, existing applications subject to the Downtown Design Guide will continue to be managed by the Planning Department until HDRC action regarding those cases.

Questions? Email .
Upcoming Events
Friday, February 2
5:30 PM
Burleson Yard Beer Garden
430 Austin Street
Join the Power of Preservation Foundation  and OHP for our revamped preservation happy hour, PoP on the Rocks! 

On Friday, February 2, meet fellow San Antonians passionate about and invested in architectural and cultural conservation at Burleson Yard, located just outside the city's Dignowity Historic District. Everyone's invited--students, professionals, and anyone interested in preservation, planning, urbanism, architecture, and the like. We'll be there starting at 5:30--feel free to drop by for a drink and chat whenever you can! 

PoP on the Rocks hopes to meet at least once a month going forward. Send suggestions for future meeting locations to .
Historic Districts
Coalition Meeting
Thursday, February 8, 5:30 pm
River House, Steves Homestead
509 King William Street
The San Antonio Conservation Society will host the next Historic Districts Coalition meeting on February 8. Topics will include current initiatives and ways to become more involved in preservation issues locally. This meeting is open to all - join us!
TAS Spanish Colonial Academy
Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 17-18
River House, Steves Homestead
509 King William Street
As part of its annual meeting, the Texas Archaeological Society, with organizational help from OHP, will hold a Spanish Colonial Academy. Registrants will hear lectures, participate in hands-on activities, and receive a detailed manual about this period of history.

SACS Events
The San Antonio Conservation Society has a number of upcoming events:

Saturday, Feb. 3, 5:30 PM
Dr. Daniel Bluestone
Director of Preservation Studies Program
 Boston University
River House, Steves Homestead
509 King William Street

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7:30 PM
Tuesday Musical Club: Nathan Laube
Margarite B. Parker Chapel
Trinity University, One Trinity Place
Purchase tickets at

Ticket prices and more information can be found on the SACS events page.
Staff Announcements
Cory Edwards Named Deputy Historic Preservation Officer
Cory Edwards joined the City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation in July 2012. Originally hired as a planner, Cory has taken on increased responsibility during his time and has successfully led numerous initiatives including the Historic Design Guidelines, UDC Amendments, Mission Protection Overlay Districts, technology updates, and OHP events such as Preservation Month and Restored By Light.

In his new role, Cory will oversee our Development Review Program, which includes HDRC, internal design / plan review, and enforcement. Cory holds a Master of Architecture and certificate in historic preservation from Texas Tech University.
Jessica Anderson Joins OHP as Executive Secretary
Jessica Anderson has worked as a contractor with OHP since October 2017, but was recently hired as executive secretary to OHP Director Shanon Miller. Before moving to San Antonio, Jessica worked for the MIT School of Architecture + Planning in Cambridge, MA, most recently as a program assistant in a lab jointly housed in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the MIT Center for Real Estate. Jessica earned her Master of Science in historic preservation from The University of Texas at Austin.