Your portal to historic preservation in San Antonio
June 2018
A Message from the Director
Shanon Shea Miller, AICP
OHP recently launched some really exciting initiatives. We had a soft launch of our Living Heritage Trades Academy and convened a working group to explore a deconstruction/ salvage policy for the city. We'll share more about both initiatives as they grow.
In April, City Council voted to establish our city's 30th historic district, Westfort. Previously designated as a neighborhood conservation district (NCD), this charming collection of early 20th century homes is nestled between Broadway and Fort Sam, just across the street from the Brackenridge Park Golf Course. We have a couple other pending districts, so stay tuned as we continue working with residents on those designations.

The Amazing Preservation Race for Kids , one of our most popular events, returns this Saturday, June 16, at Yanaguana Garden. We'll have challenges for kids of all ages, plus access to buildings at Hemisfair Park usually closed to the public. Registration is just $5 per child and includes a kid's T-shirt and medal. Register today!
We'll be working hard this summer on several big fall events. We're excited to announce our second annual Living Heritage Symposium, which will meet at the Bexar County Courthouse September 5-7. We'll share information about our speakers as the event nears; they represent national and international programs and research, and we're excited to hear about the tools they use to support and preserve intangible heritage.

 Our Historic Homeowner Fair marks its 10th anniversary on Saturday, September 29, at the Pearl Stable, and will feature vendors and information booths for those interested in home maintenance and preservation. And OHP is sponsoring the 89th Texas Archaeology Society annual meeting , October 26-28, at the historic Menger Hotel, which includes a public forum that Friday night that's free and open to the public.

Mark your calendars and join us for these exciting programs!
News & Announcements
REHABARAMA 2018 Tackles 20 Homes in Highland Park
More than 200 volunteers, including contractors who donated their time and skills, met Saturday, April 7, on the 1100 and 1200 blocks of E Highland Blvd for REHABARAMA 2018, presented by Guido Companies . This unseasonably cold single day of service brought together local contractors, volunteers, and students to perform repair and maintenance on 20 historic and aging houses in Highland Park. Volunteers replaced and painted wood siding, refreshed trim, did some light landscaping, and met many other rehab goals over the course of the day. Check out photos of our volunteers and see before an after shots on Facebook.

The work continued on Saturday, May 19, when Guy Chipman lead the Rehabber Club Porch Repair Certification Course at a 19020s Craftsman bungalow in Highland Park. Chipman taught attendees how to replace beams, identify appropriate materials, and install tongue-and-groove decking. Participants received a certificate in porch repair from the Rehabber Club.

The porch repair course also marked the launch of the OHP Living Heritage Trades Academy. We'll share more about the trades academy in the near future; keep an eye on this mailing list or follow us on Facebook for updates.

OHP Explores Deconstruction/ Salvage Policy for CIty
OHP is in the beginning stages of developing a deconstruction/salvage policy for the city.

Broad policy goals include maximizing the salvage of valuable historic building materials for reuse through a potential reclamation program; reducing carbon emissions associated with demolition; reducing the amount of demolition waste in landfills; and generating local jobs in deconstruction and construction trades.

We're excited to share updates and information about this initiative as it develops.
ScoutSA's K-12 Program Supports Festivals of the Arts
ScoutSA's K-12 Heritage Initiative partnered with two schools, Frank L. Madla Accelerated Collegiate Academy and Sarah Elementary, for each schools' annual Festival of the Arts. Since the festivals coincided with May's Preservation Month celebrations, students were asked to submit photos of and essays about the people and places that matter to them.

Anitra Henning Promoted to Senior Management Analyst
OHP is happy to share that Anitra Henning was promoted to the Vacant Building Program's senior management analyst position. Anitra has been with OHP since February 2015 and played an important role in the establishment of the Vacant Building Program in her capacity as management analyst. She served as interim manager of the program since January 2018.

Please join us in congratulating Anitra!
Upcoming Events
The Amazing Preservation Race for Kids
Saturday, June 16
Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair Park
Check-in begins at 8:30 AM
Race begins at 9 AM

Join the Office of Historic Preservation at  Yanaguana Garden  to discover, explore, and investigate the hidden treasures and historic architecture of Hemisfair while competing for exciting prizes! 

The Amazing Preservation Race for Kids is an architectural scavenger hunt designed for pre-k and elementary school-aged kids. Registration is $5 for each participating child ages 3-10 (pre-K and elementary) and includes a t-shirt. Parents, guardians, and other adult family members may attend for free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring the whole family to Hemisfair Park and enjoy more fun activities before and after the Race! 

Online registration ends Friday, June 15, at 8 AM with limited on-site registration available the day of the event.
Living Heritage Symposium
September 5-7
Bexar County Courthouse
The second annual Living Heritage Symposium will be held this year in conjunction with the World Heritage Festival and with the support of the National Park Service. Keep an eye on future newsletters and our Facebook page for updates about speakers, sponsors, and related events, or read about last year's symposium.
Historic Run Crew:
Historic Districts Series
Thursday, June 28, 7 PM
Viva Villa
905 Dolorosa
Need a place to run? Want to explore more of San Antonio? Meet at Viva Villa for a 3- or 5-mile social run through Cattleman Square, Main Plaza, Ursuline Academy, Alamo Plaza, and Auditorium Circle. Come to learn about these areas' history, stay for the socializing and drink specials, and leave with a great workout! Historic Run Crew typically meets the last Thursday of each month and runs through a different set of historic districts each time.

10th Annual
Historic Homeowner Fair
Saturday, September 29
Pearl Stable
Celebrate a decade of Historic Homeowner Fair as OHP brings together vendors, neighborhood organizations, and preservation professionals to share tools for preserving and maintaining your historic home.

89th Texas Archaeology Society
Annual Meeting: Public Forum
Friday, October 26
Menger Hotel
OHP is sponsoring the 2018 Texas Archaeology Society's annual meeting, which includes a forum on Friday, October 26, that is free and open to the public. The forum will feature a presentation on the La Belle, French explorer Robert La Salle’s ship that sank in Matagorda Bay on the Gulf Coast in 1686.