San Antonio has a lot to celebrate! We just wrapped up 11 days of Fiesta, a time-honored tradition shaped by our heritage, culture, and local flavor. It’s also been less than a year since our Spanish Colonial Missions received inscription as a World Heritage Site. This important distinction is expected to stimulate renewed interested and revitalization in the historic areas surrounding the missions. The forthcoming San Pedro Creek Improvements will create a new and vibrant public passage through our historic downtown and reintroduce the public to an important cultural resource. The City has also teamed up with the Texas General Land Office to develop a master plan for Alamo Plaza that will completely transform the visitor experience. And all of this is culminating with the 2018 Tricentennial Celebration of the founding of San Antonio! This continued investment in San Antonio’s heritage resources makes this an exciting time for preservation in San Antonio.
Every May, the City of San Antonio participates in National Preservation Month. Established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this month-long event promotes historic places to instill national and community pride, promote heritage tourism, and show the social and economic benefits of historic preservation. This year, the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) has chosen the theme of “moSAic” to remind us of the rich and diverse heritage that makes San Antonio unique and to underscore the interweaving of cultures that has occurred during our city’s history and has defined our local character. It is something that has universal value across the globe and ultimately helped secure the World Heritage designation of our missions.
To celebrate Preservation Month, OHP is offering a wide range of fun and educational events that cover a variety of topics related to local history, culture, and our architectural heritage. Visit our web site at www.SApreservation.com for a full listing of Preservation Month Events.
To kick things off right, the Power of Preservation hosted its annual Cool Crest Miniature Golf Tournament on April 29. Over 150 guests enjoyed the vintage course, food, drinks, music, and cooler than normal temperatures thanks to the scattered thunderstorms moving through the area. We all stayed dry (for the most part) and thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
We chose Cool Crest because it is at the very heart of why we preserve. Did you know it’s one of the oldest remaining miniature golf courses in the country? The original course, which you can still play today, was constructed in 1929! Cool Crest is a much beloved attraction on the Fredericksburg Road corridor, and its preservation contributes to what makes San Antonio unique.
We also owe a huge thanks to the Andry Family. From playing the course as children, this adventurous group of siblings purchased and restored the course in 2013. What better gift to give to the community? It seems like everyone has a Cool Crest story from growing up.
Enjoy the photo gallery and make sure to join us again next year!