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February/March 2018
A message from the Director
Shanon Shea Miller, AICP
We are so proud of all the wonderful long-running local businesses in our city--everything from restaurants to record shops to lumber yards. On Valentine's Day, we "heart-bombed" the first 10 local businesses to be officially recognized by our Legacy Business Program.
We invite you to share your ideas and nominate other heritage businesses in San Antonio by tagging #LegacyBizSA on social media or emailing .
OHP sta ff is gearing up for our next big REHABARAMA event, taking place on April 7 in District 3! In the spirit of neighborhood revitalization, REHABARAMA focuses on hands-on preservation of historic resources and serves as an educational tool for those that are interested in the preservation trades. Work performed at REHABARAMA includes wood window and glass repair, porch repair, wood siding and stucco restoration, and more. Last year’s event tackled 18 homes with 200+ volunteers, and this year we’re aiming to make an even bigger impact. I want to extend a huge thanks to Guido for once joining us presenting sponsor. There is still time to join as a volunteer contractor or event sponsor or to volunteer--individuals or groups are welcome! Read more about how to get involved on our website .
One of the best ways to experience San Antonio's historic districts is on foot. We've partnered with Fleet Feet San Antonio to host a new social run series that explores some of San Antonio's most scenic neighborhoods. The meetups are free to attend and open to runners--and walkers!--of all abilities. This is the perfect way to switch up your fitness routine or incorporate some history into your training schedule. Throw on your running shoes and join us!
- Shanon
News & Announcements
First Class of ScoutSA Legacy Businesses Inducted into Program
The first 10 businesses to launch the Living Heritage Legacy Business Program were announced February 14. They are Del Rio Tortilla Factory, Del Bravo Record Shop, Dibble's Hobbies, Jim's Restaurants, Roddis Lumber & Veneer Company, Bolner's Meat Market, Santikos Entertainment, Friedrich Air Conditioning, Steves & Sons, and Pioneer Flour.

The Legacy Business Program is a component of our ScoutSA Living Heritage Initiative. ScoutSA encourages San Antonians to explore, discover, and celebrate the historic resources that make San Antonio unique.
Businesses eligible for this program have been around for 20 years or more and contribute to the history, culture, and authentic identity of San Antonio. Boot makers and hat shops, piñata-makers and sellers, restaurants, ice-houses, saloons and cantinas, schools of ballet folklorico, butchers and bakers and candlestick-makers are all eligible! 

Help OHP Identify Legacy Businesses
Email , send a letter of nomination to the address below, or tag #legacybizsa on social media to nominate a historic business.

Office of Historic Preservation
attn: Legacy Business Program
1901 S. Alamo St.
San Antonio, Texas 78204
San Antonians Share Stories, Photos of the Alameda Theater
As part of an ongoing effort to collect stories about the Alameda Theater, OHP teamed up with the Westside Preservation Alliance to host a storytelling event. Featured storytellers, Former Councilwoman Maria Antonietta Berriozábal, and broadcast journalists Martha Tijerina and Maria Elena Torralva-Alonso shared their days as preservationists and media personalities working to save and promote this historic theater.

We’re still collecting stories and memorabilia to be used in a future exhibit about the theater. If you have any to share, please contact Claudia Guerra, OHP Cultural Historian, by email at .
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 .
Viewsheds Initiative
OHP is currently 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 join the conversation in THREE ways:

1) Attend the 2nd Public Meeting taking place on Monday, March 5, at 6 PM in the first-floor Board Room at 1901 S Alamo. City staff will present the results of previous public input and draft UDC Amendments.

2) Review and provide comments regarding the proposed UDC Amendments . The proposed amendments will be presented to a City Council Committee in March.

3) Take the online visual survey . The survey was recently launched to assess potential viewshed protection districts for eligibility. Using the most popular photos collected by the public, the survey is the next, critical step in evaluating potential new viewshed protection districts. The survey is available through March 9.
Can’t attend a meeting? Your input is still important to us! Please take time to email your comments to . Written comments will be documented on the project website .
Upcoming Events
REHABARAMA is coming to Highland Park!
REHABARAMA is a single-day service event that brings together local contractors, volunteer groups , and students to perform repair and maintenance on historic and aging houses spanning two city blocks in Highland Park. We are currently recruiting volunteer contractors to lead projects on selected homes. Participant contractors who lend their time and expertise gain recognition through the  SApreservation Rehabber Club.

Continue to the event web page for more information on how to get involved.
PoP on the Rocks!
March Preservation Happy Hour
Friday, March 2, 5:30 PM
Rosella at the Rand
Meet fellow San Antonians passionate about and invested in architectural and cultural conservation at  Rosella at the Rand . Rosella is offering validated (free!) parking as well as food and drink specials to those who attend. We'll be there starting at 5:30--feel free to drop by for a drink and chat whenever you can! 

12,000 Years of Prehistory: The First Residents of Béxar
Presented by Kay Hindes
City Archaeologist
Morning of Friday, March 23
The Witte Museum
Kay Hindes, City Archaeologist, will present 12,000 Years of Prehistory: The First Residents of Béxar as a part of the Witte Museum's Confluence and Culture: 300 Years of San Antonio History , a conference on the Tricentennial!

Save the Date!
2018 Living Heritage Symposium
September 5-7
Bexar County Courthouse
The 2018 Living Heritage Symposium will happen on September 5-7. Mark your calendars and plan on joining us as we learn new ways to preserve San Antonio’s vibrant cultural heritage.