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January 2018
A message from the Director
Shanon Shea Miller, AICP
Happy new year from the staff of the Office of Historic Preservation! 2017 ended on a high note as we watched the Congressional conference committee approve the Senate's tax reform language preserving the 20% Historic Tax Credit (HTC). The incentive will be claimable over five years, but otherwise remains unchanged.  
This is a huge win for preservationists and developers nationwide, allowing us to continue advocating for reuse of existing building stock and conserving our cities' built heritage. Thanks to all who reached out to their representatives to speak up on behalf of this essential program.
We have two fun events happening this Saturday, January 13. In the morning, we continue our conversation about medium-density infill in residential historic districts at a charrette hosted in partnership with AIA San Antonio and Alamo Architects. OHP will use the feedback to improve the Historic Design Guidelines related to new construction in historic districts . Then, in the afternoon, we'll head to Del Bravo Records to remember Old Highway 90. Attendees are invited to share stories, memories, photos, and ephemera related to the highway. Learn more about both events below.
OHP also confirmed the date for our 2018 Rehabarama, presented by Guido Building Materials. On Saturday, April 7, we'll be working on homes on the 1100 and 1200 blocks of E. Highland Blvd. This one-day event brings together volunteers, local contractors, students, and neighborhood leaders to assist as many as 20 homeowners with exterior maintenance. In addition to providing all labor at no cost to participants, the event is a service learning event for students and DIYers interested in maintaining historic structures. If you'd like to volunteer, email
We're excited to build our 2018 programming and offer many opportunities to engage with our office and others devoted to preserving architecture and cultural heritage in San Antonio. 

Happy new year!
News & Announcements
OHP is gathering public input regarding the locations and designs of potential new Viewshed Protection Districts . These districts are an important tool in protecting the scenic quality and unique identity of our city.

We invite you to attend this public input meeting on Monday, January 29, to share your ideas for views and sites that should be protected. The date and time of a second public meeting will be announced soon.

Can’t attend a meeting? Your input is still important to us! Please take time to email your comments to .

Submit your favorite photographs of San Antonio! Share them on social media (Facebook or Instagram) using #ThisViewMatters and tagging @sapreservation. Submissions will be accepted leading up to January 29. At the public meeting, we will create a gallery of scenic San Antonio to assist with gathering input. 
OHP Launches Design Resource Center for Applicants
Planning a project in an historic district and don't know where to start? Visit the new OHP Design Resource Center to find examples of application materials, architectural details, and informational links. This Pinterest board, curated by OHP's preservation specialists, will help make your next application or project a breeze.

2018 HDRC Meetings Announced
Meetings of the Historic and Design Review Commission resume Wednesday, January 17, at 3 PM. The HDRC meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 3 PM in the first floor boardroom at 1901 S. Alamo. View the entire schedule online, or call OHP at 210-207-0035 with questions about obtaining a certificate of appropriateness for repairs to your historic home or building.

Runners Enjoy Holiday Lights at
Last SApreservation 5K of 2017
More than a hundred people joined OHP at Travis Park for the last event of our 5K series, the Downtown Holiday Lights Tour. Runners and walkers enjoyed hot cocoa, churros, and guided tours of historic buildings. We'll announce our 2018 tours as soon as dates are confirmed.

Upcoming Events
Infill Design Charrette
Saturday, Jan. 13, 9 AM-12:30 PM
AIA San Antonio Offices
1344 S. Flores Street
OHP, AIA San Antonio, and Alamo Architects invite you to an in-depth charrette that seeks to address challenges associated with medium-density infill and identify possible design solutions that will inform future updates to Historic Design Guidelines.

Remembering Old Highway 90
Saturday, Jan. 13, 2 PM
Del Bravo Records
554 Enrique M. Barrera Pkwy
Councilman Greg Brockhouse and OHP invite you to share your memories of Old Highway 90. We'll be documenting residents' accounts of the history of this corridor and scanning historic photos to create a timeline of this part of our city's history.

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:

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 1:30 PM
The Presidio Gallery Tour
Texas A&M University Presidio Gallery
402 Drywer Avenue

Saturday, Jan. 20, 10 AM
Dean Norton, Director of Horticulture for George Washington's Mount Vernon
River House, Steves Homestead
509 King William Street

Saturday, Feb. 3, 5:30 PM
Dr. Daniel Bluestone, Director of Preservation Studies Program at 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 SACA events page.