November 2016
Message from Shanon Shea Miller
AICP, Director

With fall in full swing, OHP staff has been actively wrapping up another successful year.

This past month, we held our Eastside Cemeteries Tour, the second to last in our 2016 SApreservation 5K series. Be sure to check out our final event, a guided tour of the Downtown Holiday Lights, below!
It's hard to believe that the Power of Preservation Foundation has hosted FIVE Preservation PROMenades already. The annual fundraising event was held on October 27 at the historic Kress Building on Houston Street.  Donning 40’s attire, guests celebrated the golden age of our downtown retail district.

This year’s Honorees included the late Sally Buchanan, Irby Hightower, and the Pearl Brewhouse.  The winner of the People’s Choice Award for a preservation project went to the Bexar County Double Height Court Room. Congratulations to all of our recipients!
The event ended on a high-note with a Rooftop Afterglow that went late into the evening. Special thanks to our sponsors and those who attended this fantastic event. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!  See more photos...   

Finally, on behalf of everyone here at OHP, I’d like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. We are truly thankful for our community & your involvement in preserving our beautiful, historic city.
News and Announcements
S.T.A.R. Project in Dignowity Hill
This November, the S.T.A.R. Project was held in the Dignowity Hill Historic District. Over 30 SACS students participated, completing work on three houses. Watch the video, and visit our website to view upcoming S.T.A.R. Projects.

STAR Webpage
New Urban Agenda Adopted
The UN Habit III Conference in Quito, Ecuador concluded with the adopted of the New Urban Agenda which confirms the role of cultural heritage in urban sustainability. This is an important step in rethinking sustainable urban development at a global level.

Rediscover Archaeology Month
OHP celebrated Archaeology Month this October starting with the formal designation of nine local sites as official El Camino Real de los Tejas Historic Sites. Archaeology team Kay Hindes and Matthew Elverson also gave presentations on their recent work during the annual Currents in Texas Archaeology Symposium. Read more on our website.
Downtown Holiday Lights 5k
OHP is hosting a special running / walking guided tour of Downtown San Antonio featuring the Mayor's Light Up Downtown Holiday Contest participants and historic landmarks trimmed with holiday lights. We’ll visit several historic churches, La Villita, the River Walk, and Main Plaza along a 5k course. This tour is the last event in the 2016 SApreservation 5k series.

Programs and Initiatives
New Pending Historic District
On December 21, the HDRC will consider an application for a new local historic district on E Mistletoe Avenue between McCullough and N St. Mary’s Street. OHP received and verified support from 51% of the properties within the proposed boundary of the district, which is tentatively being called Tobin Hill North. The structures on E Mistletoe Ave, which was originally called Broad Ave, represent an eclectic mix of architectural styles, including an enclave of shotgun houses on Ewald St. If approved, Tobin Hill North would become the 28th local historic district in San Antonio. 


Become a Wood Window Expert
Have you ever had a hard time finding a contractor to  repair your home’s wood windows? Is paying a contractor outside of your budget? If so, now you can do it yourself. Join OHP on February 3 and 4 for a wood window repair workshop to be held at the Richter House at HemisFair Park. The workshop will be led by Master Craftsman, Victor Salas of ARTchitectural Interiors. Contractors will become certified by OHP for wood window repair in San Antonio. Contact Edward Hall for more information. 
Cultural Initiatives
OHP has embarked on an effort to develop ways to effectively protect landmark properties with high cultural value, but low architectural significance. Staff met with a small group of academics and heritage professionals to begin the discussion. Ideas for preserving heritage businesses as well as cultural and intangible heritage resources were discussed. Staff will form recommendations and hold public meetings in the new year.
From OHP Staff
Past Forward 2016
OHP Staff were invited to present at the National Trust’s PastForward Conference held in Houston from November 15-18. Director Shanon Miller presented the City’s strategies for preservation, economic development and land use in the World Heritage area and Claudia Guerra, Cultural Historian, presented on the connections to livability and democracy in the department’s cultural mapping work. 
Katie's Corner
Write this down:
In  an effort to improve customer service, OHP recently launched a new phone number and answering system to better guide your calls. By dialing our new number shown above, you will be able to access the appropriate OHP staff who can assist you with design review, vacant buildings, plat review, and surveys. We look forward to taking your call!
In observance of City Holidays, OHP Offices will be closed on November 24-25, and December 26 - 30. Possible violations during this time can still be reported by dialing 311. View the full closure schedule on our website. 
Preservation Links
Coming Soon
Attention, Realtors!
Become  knowledgeable in local historic preservation code, best practices, and what historic districts can offer your clients. OHP hosts an annual realtor training which gives YOU a chance to become a Historic House Specialist.

The next Realtor Training is scheduled for February 2017. This course is eligible for CE credits. Keep an eye out on the SABOR calendar for more details. If you are interested in attending, please contact Lauren Sage.

We're Getting Ready for Preservation Month
It's that time again, an we're gearing up for another Preservation Month in May. We are always looking for new, fun, and creative ways to engage the public in historic preservation and heritage education. Please let us know if you have an event you would like to promote as an “official Preservation Month” event or if you would like to partner with OHP on a specific event during Preservation Month. Contact Cory Edwards  if you have any questions about Preservation Month, or would like to participate by becoming a sponsor.