King William is the first designated historic district in Texas. The neighborhood traces its beginnings to the 1860s when several prominent families, many of them German, began building their homes near the San Antonio River and downtown. By the end of the 1920s, migration to new suburbs and a flood made the neighborhood a less than desirable place to live. However, thanks in large part to organizations like the San Antonio Conservation Society, King William Association, the City's Office of Historic Preservation and concerned citizens, the King William National Historic District has become a beautiful place to live and visit. Come take a stroll through its historic streets or dine at one of the many restaurants in Southtown!
THE SAN ANTONIO CONSERVATION SOCIETY
Formed on March 12, 1924 by a concerned group of thirteen women to preserve all things characteristic of San Antonio of historic and aesthetic value, the San Antonio Conservation Society continues to be an active part of the city's preservation efforts. Click here to learn more.
EDWARD STEVES HOMESTEAD
Located one block from Villa Finale at 509 King William Street, the Steves Homestead was the home of the Steves family who founded the Steves Lumber Company. The Victorian limestone house, now owned and operated by the San Antonio Conservation Society, is open for tours. Click here for more information.
SAN ANTONIO OFFICE OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION
The Office of Historic Preservation protects the historical cultural, architectural and archeological resources that make San Antonio unique. Located adjacent to King William, the OHP hosts workshops and events throughout the year for people interested in the preservation of history and historic buildings. Click here for more information.
KING WILLIAM ASSOCIATION
The King William Association supports local art, education and community programs. The Association also preserves and maintains the historic, diverse and residential neighborhood. Every year the KWA hosts the King William Fair & Parade during Fiesta San Antonio. You can find out more about the King William Association by clicking here.
ENJOY THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF SOUTHTOWN!
Described as "a thriving bohemian district," Southtown encompasses three overlapping urban neighborhoods: King William, Lavaca and Blue Star. Southtown boasts a wonderful collection of galleries, coffeehouses, bars, vintage clothing stores, hip bars, microbreweries, restaurants and fun family-friendly hangouts. There are several ways to get to Southtown and King William: walking (only 20 minutes from the Alamo), Via's Blue Line Trolley, B-Cycle or drive your own automobile. Spend the day taking a walking tour of the King William neighborhood and enjoy the many delicacies Southtown has to offer! (Click here for more information about Southtown.)