We have a great series lined up for 2017! The goal of these events is to encourage people to be fit while learning more of the rich history of San Antonio. Last year our participants logged 1,200 miles and this year we hope to beat that. The first in our series is in Monte Vista Historic District. The tour will include opportunities to see the district up close and learn about the architecture, history of development, and more. Learn about the character defining features of the historic district including the residential architecture from the early 20th century including Classical Revival, Tudor, Spanish Eclectic, Queen Anne, and Craftsman style houses.
Who: Those interested in fitness and history!
Where: Laurel Heights UMC, 227 W Woodlawn
When: February 25th, start at 9 am
Register on our website: http://www.sapreservation.com
Here’s a sneak peek into some history about how the district came to be. The district was developed from circa 1890 to 190 during San Antonio’s “Gilded Age,” when several opulent suburbs developed including Monte Vista. The variety of architectural styles within the area reflects a booming period in San Antonio’s history before the Great Depression. Leading San Antonio architects such as Alfred Giles, Harvey Young, James Riely Gordon, and Atlee B. Ayres designed palatial homes in Monte Vista for some of San Antonio’s leading citizens in the 1910s. The eight-story Bushnell Apartments on Shook Avenue provided luxury living for several decades, and many Texas cattle baron constructed estates within the neighborhood along Kings Highway. Other streets included more modest dwellings, and the resulting variety of housing stock was at least partially responsible for the resilience of Monte Vista during the latter part of the twentieth century.
Facing deterioration and developmental intrusion, neighborhood residents formed the Monte Vista Historical Association in 1973 to preserve the community. Monte Vista was designated a local historic district in 1975, and the historical association sought “to encourage the preservation of the distinctive heritage of the Monte Vista area; to keep the physical identity of this late nineteenth-early twentieth century district intact; and to educate the public, especially the youth, with the knowledge of our inherited neighborhood values which contribute to a wholesome urban environment.” The Monte Vista neighborhood was designated a National Register Historic District in 1998.
For more information about the Monte Vista Historic District, come join us February 25th!
Check out our website, SApreservation.com, and our Facebook page for more of our fun and engaging events. There will be 4 more fun runs in 2017!