Your portal to historic preservation in San Antonio
November 2017
A message from the Director
Shanon Shea Miller, AICP
At the end of October, the Power of Preservation Foundation held its sixth annual Power of Preservation PROMendade at the Villita Assembly Building. More than 500 people attended, with all proceeds supporting the rehabilitation of the Kelso House in the Monte Vista historic district .
I'd like to extend a huge thank you to all of this year's sponsors and individual ticket holders for making this year's PROM our biggest ever! The event reminds us how lucky we are to have the support of so many for preserving the built and cultural heritage of our city. We saw attendees not only from architecture, planning, and real estate firms, but also people from across the city with a vested interest in preservation, including our elected officials and community leaders. Congressman Lloyd Doggett and City Council members Cruz Shaw (District 2), Rebecca Viagran (District 3), and Clayton Perry (District 10) were all in attendance.
Our city needs your continued support as we face the possible elimination of the federal Historic Tax Credit. Recently proposed tax reform legislation by the House omits the program which has been integral to the revitalization of main streets and historic corridors nationwide since its implementation in 1981. Then, the Senate version of the bill retains the credit with some changes, which is encouraging. The program costs taxpayers nothing but has introduced millions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs into the U.S. economy. This important program is responsible for dozens of historic restoration and adaptive reuse projects in San Antonio. Consider contacting your representatives to ask for their support of the Historic Tax Credit. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has made it easy for you to do so.
The entire team at OHP wishes you a very happy Thanksgiving with friends and family. We appreciate you!
News & Announcements
Power of Preservation PROMenade 2017 Honors San Antonio Advocates
On October 26, the Power of Preservation Foundation (PoP) held its sixth annual Preservation PROMenade at the Villita Assembly Building. More than 500 guests watched PoP honor Steve Yndo and Lewis Fisher for their contributions to the preservation community, and name Hangar 9 best preservation project. Unico Communications won the People's Choice award for their new headquarters at 2222 San Pedro. CPS, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, served as host sponsor for the event.

Eastside Cemeteries 5K Draws Athletes, Ghosts
About 70 people joined OHP staff on Saturday, October 21, for a run/walk through Eastside Cemeteries. They heard from spirits of the city's dearly departed, including Samuel Maverick, William Menger, Clara Driscoll, and others.

Historic Tax Credit Threatened
Recently proposed tax reform did not include the Historic Tax Credit (HTC), and the Senate Finance Committee suggested cutting the 30-year-old incentive by half. Shanon Miller discusses how the HTC impacts the Texas economy and why it must be preserved.

NIOSA Seeks Volunteers & Donations
NIOSA and the San Antonio Conservation Society seek volunteers with a variety of skills and expertise: office/clerical, NIOSA crafters, staging/teardown, and NIOSA booths. Complete the volunteer form online or call the NIOSA office at 210-226-5188.
 
NIOSA is also looking for egg cartons and empty, rinsed eggshells.Call if 210-226-5188 if you'd like to donate.
Programs & Initiatives
OHP and the World Heritage Office are creating a design manual for the Mission Historic District and landmarks within the World Heritage Buffer Zone. OHP is looking for public input, and there are two ways to participate:

Monday, November 27, 6-8 PM
Stinson Municipal Airport
8535 Mission Road

Complete our Online Survey
This is a visual preference survey that helps OHP and the World Heritage Office get a sense of the community's attitudes toward different building types and design styles. It takes about five minutes to complete.
For more information, contact us at info@sapreservation.com .
Upcoming Events
Join the Office of Historic Preservation for the last installment of our 2017 5K run/walk series: the Downtown Holiday LightsTour! We'll meet in Travis Park at 6 PM on Tuesday, December 5. Enjoy festive holiday lights, with a few educational stops along the way. 

$10 Registration (tour only)
$25 Registration (includes T-shirt)
The SApreservation 5K Series is a great way to experience San Antonio’s historic sites and get fit. At stops along the route, tour guides share the stories behind the buildings, homes, neighborhoods, and parks that make San Antonio unique. Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome.