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Historical Sites of the 1800s

La Villita   This is really a neighborhood that was well thriving in the 1700s.  It was essentially a suburb of the Alamo.  However, its remaining buildings and houses are essentially of the 1800s, so I've included it here.  This is really a quaint area and one that I've only recently really begun to appreciate.  Normally, one thinks of it as an unorganized collection of tourist shops.  But if one dwells on the history and really looks at certain of the buildings' construction methodologies (there is an historical single sheet map of the buildings at the tourist/exhibit center-Bolivar Hall) one really grows to appreciate it more.  

Be sure to locate the Cos House (La Villita St.) and the Little Church of La Villita (508 La Villita St.)  

King William Area  Many lovely old homes in this neighborhood just on the south side of downtown.  Within easy walking distance.  One home, open to the public is the 3 story Steves Homestead built in 1876.

Of Architectural Interest

Old Ursuline Academy  Now known as the Southwest School of Art & Craft it provides for those interested in architecture the first building of rammed earth.  The only building as such, to my knowledge, in San Antonio.  Others are of limestone.  Built circa 1850

The old First National Bank  239 E. Commerce.  A great looking building, now law offices, built in 1886.  If you dare, go inside.  It's great.

Menger Hotel  The hotel opened in 1859.  It's since been added to many times, but the original building still stands.

Jose Antonio Navarro House  At 228 South Laredo St. it is typical of homes built in the 1850s.  House is a museum.

There are many other buildings which you won't be able to miss.  Almost all of them are simply something to look at and appreciate.

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