King William Historic District

King William Historic District

King William Historic District
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Settled by wealthy German merchants in the late 1800s, San Antonio's first suburb consists of 25 blocks of historic mansions set amid lovely landscaping.
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404HappyTraveller
Saskatchewan, Canada496 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We were staying just across the road from the King William Historic District / neighbourhood, so once we found the district’s office and picked up the self guided tour map and brochure, we were off. It was quite a hot afternoon, but very pleasant walking in and out of the shade of all the mature trees lining the streets. The map was easy to follow, and the brochure had photos and brief but interesting and informative write ups about each house. Very impressed with the entire neighborhood and the dedicated people who have put so much time and effort into this project. The houses are so very impressive each in their own way.
Written 27 February 2024
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Janet A
Millville, NJ121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Enjoyed this area very much, houses and mansions were beautiful, so many things to see, you can stroll up and down the streets or along the Riverwalk. This area reminded me of the garden district of New Orleans. Nice to see so many renovations.
Written 4 November 2023
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ken j
Manalapan, NJ931 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We stayed near here, so we thought we would check it out. The homes are spectacular, with many of the best having big explanatory plaques in front of them. Check out the tour at Ville Finale, it is a museum.
Written 30 October 2023
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Teia R
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
LOVE LOVE LOVE San Antonio! Our first time visiting. We were lucky enough to stay in the King William Historic District area so we walked thru every day as we were out and about visiting the River Walk and other parts of San Antonio
Written 13 October 2023
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Mike O
Roanoke, VA1,378 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Since we considered the River Walk a "must see" attraction, we planned our visit accordingly. We parked on the street in the King William District where we were impressed by the stately homes, then walked the surface streets to The Alamo. The homes in this quiet neighborhood, as well as some of the yards, reminded us a bit of the stately homes we have seen in some of the Savannah neighborhoods. Our return was along the River Walk; crowded with shops/restaurants/hotels at first, then quite and serene as we got closer to our car.
Written 30 May 2023
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JenRed2014
Buffalo, NY912 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
What a pretty neighborhood to drive or walk through. We easily found a parking spot and wandered around looking at beautiful homes and gardens. There was a walking club event going on in the small park the day we were there, with a band. We even witnessed a small wedding on the bridge overlooking the river.
Written 23 April 2023
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,761 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The King William Historic District of San Antonio, Texas, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, is located south of Downtown and bounded by Cesar Chavez Boulevard, South St. Mary's Street, South Alamo Street and the San Antonio River. It encompasses land that was once irrigated farm land belonging to the Mission San Antonio de Valero, commonly known as the Alamo. In the 1840s, German immigrants began to settle in this area and it became known as "Sauerkraut Bend." Later, the area developed into an idyllic neighborhood of large, ornate houses designed in the Greek Revival, Victorian and Italianate styles. The main street into the neighborhood was given the name King William in honor of King William I, King of Prussia in the 1870s. Most of the houses in the district were built between 1850 and 1899. One of the first residents was Carl Guenther, a German miller, who established his home and mill in the south end of the neighborhood in 1859. Other prosperous German immigrants later followed suit. The majority of development occurred during the 1870s and 1880s and these houses were much grander in size and ornamentation and were designed specifically for the homeowner. Among them are the Steves Homestead (1876), a two-story smooth finished limestone home of Second Empire design with a mansard roof, the Hanrish House (1884) and the Schuchard House (1892), both two-story brick homes that share characteristics of the Queen Anne style, including an asymmetrical plan, broad porches and intricate wood scrollwork. The Biesenbach House (1881) and the Adolph Wagner House (1885) are one-story cottages with full-length porches. A prominent example of the Italianate style is the Norton-Polk-Mathis House, also known as Villa Finale, which operates as a house museum and is open to the public. In the early 1900s, the King William area began to wane as a fashionable neighborhood and by 1920 many of the original homebuilders had died and their children had moved to other parts of San Antonio. The neighborhood fell into general decline in the 1930s and 1940s. But in the 1950s, a group of concerned citizens realized the potential of restoration of the fine old houses and an interest in preservation of the area was initiated. In 1968, the King William neighborhood became San Antonio's first designated historic district.
Written 31 March 2023
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cwal
Tennessee116 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Lovely area full of historic homes to admire during a self-guided walking tour. The neighborhood's association (ourkwa.org) offers a helpful street map and historical info on several of the homes. However, I had zero luck getting the association to respond to my emails asking if any of the homes are open for tour (check your social media messages, kwa!!). In walking the neighborhood, I did came across one but it had already closed for the day: Villa Finale (villafinale.org) Wish I had known about it prior!

If you need a break mid-way tour, Rosario's is on one side of the neighborhood on S. Saint Mary's Street for meals or just drinks. The Guenther House restaurant (limited days/hours) is in this neighborhood also. Lastly, if you're up for walking, you can access the RiverWalk in several locations in the King William neighborhood and take it all the way to downtown San Antonio.
Written 21 March 2023
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LT_Dallas
Dallas, TX331 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This is worth a nice walk or slow car touring. Most of the homes are beautiful. Just a quick Look-see when in San Antonio
Written 1 March 2023
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Johnny K
Jupiter, FL31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Beautiful homes. Many with antebellum appearances. Very Pleasant and enjoyable walk. Can access the Riverwalk from the park.
Written 17 February 2023
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