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August 2016
Message from Shanon Shea Miller
AICP, Director
Summer will be wrapping up soon, and OHP staff has been busy with several initiatives and preparing for our upcoming events this fall.

First, we have our upcoming Historic Homeowner Fair, our number one resource for anyone living in and a historic or aging home. This year, I am especially excited to welcome my good friend Brent Hull as our keynote speaker. Brent served as a commissioner for the Fort Worth Historic & Cultural Landmarks Commission during my time as their Historic Preservation Officer. Truly an expert in his field, Brent has worked all across the country designing custom millwork and serving as a consultant for historic restoration projects. I have learned so much from him, and it's no surprise that he's getting his own TV show this fall! I can't wait to introduce Brent to San Antonio as part of our Historic Homeowner Fair. We're also giving rehabbers a chance to meet Brent at a special networking event the evening before the Fair. Keep reading below for more information about what to expect this year!

For the first time ever, the City of San Antonio is collaborating on a World Heritage Festival which commemorates the anniversary of the World Heritage inscription for our missions. There are lots of opportunities to get out and experience San Antonio's missions in new ways, including our Restored by Light event. We are expanding the illumination this year and could not be more excited!

Recently, several members of the OHP team attended the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions' FORUM conference in Mobile, Alabama. Aside from getting to tour some of Mobile's historic sites, staff received important training and education that they can apply right here in San Antonio. Thank you to the Texas Historical Commission for awarding travel stipends to OHP staff to attend Forum this year.

Finally, the Power of Preservation PROM is quickly approaching. If you haven't heard, this year's annual gala will be held at the historic Kress Building on Houston Street thanks to our host sponsors GrayStreet Partners. We have some fun and exciting things planned, and are currently inviting sponsors to reserve their tables for this year's event. Be sure to Save the Date - October 27!

- Shanon

News and Announcements
Our Biggest Event of the Year is Here!
About the Fair
The Historic Homeowner Fair (HHF) brings together owners of aging and historic homes with local professionals, services, products, and solutions. In addition to an Exhibitor Hall, the HHF also offeres educational sessions and hands-on demonstrations throughout the day which cover a wide array of topics. There's even a free tree adoption! Read more about the HHF on our website. 
Follow What's Important to You!
New to 2016, you can choose between four tracks to find the sessions that matter most to you!

Rehabber Club, for Do-It-Yourselfers
Dollars & Sense, economics of preservation
ScoutSA, discover and celebrate our history
Sustainability, for a green lifestyle
Keynote Speaker
This year, we are excited to welcome keynote speaker Brent Hull, Owner & President of Hull Historical. Brent is a nationally recognized authority on historic design, architecturally correct moldings and millwork. Brent and his team of craftsmen at Hull Historical will be featured on a new show on a major cable network this fall! 

Hull Historical
Become an Exhibitor
The HHF is a unique opportunity for businesses and organizations to directly market their products, services, and expertise to owners of historic homes. This year, we anticipate over 700 attendees who are interested in maintaining or improving their homes. Both professional and non-profit organizations are welcome!

Register Today

Thank You to This Year's Sponsors (so far)!
Celebrating Our World Heritage Missions
The first-annual World Heritage Festival is a celebration of history and culture.  The Festival commemorates the first anniversary of the World Heritage designation for San Antonio's Missions and serves to raise funds for National Park Service projects. The Festival is a collaboration among multiple community organizations. For a full listing of events, visit
Restored by Light, Sept 9
Kick off your weekend by joining us for a fun evening at Mission San Jose. The evening will begin with family-friendly activities and entertainment including music and folklorico dancers. Bring a picnic or enjoy snacks from the available food vendors. At dark, the facade of Mission San Jose will be restored to its original frescoed appearance using projection technology. Don't miss out this unique chance to experience the mission in a whole new way!

Event Link

View last year's illumination at Mission Concepcion
Tour de las Misiones, Sept 10
Bike the Missions! Starting Saturday morning at Mission County Park, participants can tour the World Heritage Site choosing between three distance options. At each mission there will be activities and participants can have their commemorative passports stamped.
Register Today!
SApreservation 5k, Sept 10
Cycling not your thing? Guided running and walking tours of Mission San Jose and the surrounding area will be departing from the Mission County Park pavilion at 10 am as part of the SApreservation 5k Series. This is not a timed event, and runners and walkers of all skill levels are encouraged to join.                                                  

5k Registration

Pachanga Evening Concert
Live music on three stages at Mission County Park! Enjoy food trucks and a beer garden at this unique concert featuring a diverse lineup of performers. The Pachanga is a free event that is open to the entire community. 

NPS is turning 10 0!
The centennial will kick off a second century of stewardship of America's national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs.  Find your park !

APT Annual Conference
The Association for Preservation Technology International's Annual Conference will be held right here in San Antonio, October 30 - November 3. Learn how new technologies and techniques are advancing the field of Preservation.

Click Here to Register!

Commemorating 50 Years of  The National Historic Preservation Act 

The National Historic Preservation Act is turning 50!  Visit the  website  to read more about the legislation that transformed the nation’s communities.  

Programs and Initiatives
National Register Update

In an effort to expand the range of historic buildings to be considered eligible for State and Federal Historic Tax Credits (HTC’s), OHP recently prepared a draft nomination for a new San Antonio Downtown & River Walk National Register District. The draft was completed in consultation with the Texas Historical Commission and lists 197 contributing buildings, structures, and objects. The State Board of Review will consider the nomination at its September 17 meeting.

View Upcoming Opportunities!
Rehabber Club meetups are a great way to meet fellow rehabbers, learn something new, and earn credits! We have a full schedule of meetups and workdays set for the remainder of 2016. Visit the Rehabber Club webpage or facebook page for more information.

To celebrate the Historic Homeowner Fair, we're having a special happy hour meetup on Friday, August 26, in a great building at the corner of 3rd and N Alamo. Join us!
Cultural Initiatives
Few people know that the first African American community in San Antonio has its roots in San Antonio’s historic West side, between San Pedro and Alazan Creeks. It’s a great story waiting to be told and now San Antonio can do exactly that. The Texas Historic Commission has awarded the City a historic marker to tell this undertold story. OHP will be making research publicly accessible and will be engaging with the community to develop the text for the marker. Do you have a story about this community? Please let us know at
Heritage Education Program
As a part of our Heritage Education Program, we are excited to announce a new Geocaching project with St. Mary’s Hall. Geocaching is a fun “sport” that uses GPS to locate hidden containers like a modern-era scavenger hunt. OHP’s geocaching project teaches young people about our heritage while taking them on a unique treasure hunt across San Antonio. For information on how to bring this program to your school or youth organization, call us at 210-207-3327 or email

From OHP Staff
Code Enforcement Update
We are currently looking to fill a vacant position of Historic Buildings Enforcement Officer. Larry Gutierrez, Sr. Historic Preservation Specialist and Certified Code Officer with OHP, will be responding to reports of potential violations and assisting owners to achieve compliance.  Larry has over 20 years of experience in OHP and code enforcement.  He is dedicated to providing enforcement services for your district.   We appreciate your support and encourage your feedback on our code enforcement program.  You can submit comments or report a violation to OHP by email at or by phone at 210-219-2093.   

Katie's Corner
Do you have a project in a historic neighborhood? Don't know where to start or where to go? We put together a short video to show you just how simple a free consultation with OHP staff can be. No appointments necessary!

Katie Totman, Historic Preservation Specialist, oversees application intake and completeness review. She'll be providing regular tips for ensuring a complete application and timely review.

Coming Soon!
The Power of Preservation PROM is returning on October 27, 2016. Don't miss this party of the year - reserve your individual tickets or become a table sponsor today! Contact for more information.
Happy Summer!