Lewis Fisher, AIA, is one of the founders of Fisher Heck Architects. His
efforts to revitalize commercial districts have lead to the
transformation of urban corridors, renewing their economic vitality and
restoring their urban and architectural character. Mr. Fisher is a past president of the King William Association and founder and first President of the Main Street Alliance that created Southtown. Fisher Heck, along with Main Street Architects, was one of the firms responsible for the most recent rehabilitation and repair-work at Villa Finale.
To create art is human! To create a drawing is to express yourself and have a good look at your subject! Villa Finale invites ten people to take a short tour of the house, choose an object in the museum’s vast collection, have a seat at a table with the object and draw it at their own pace and in their own style. Museum staff will be on hand to give information about the objects. All skill levels welcome.
The program is designed to allow participants to examine museum objects close at hand and learn about their structure, care and importance. Materials will be provided.
Drawing on Experience is free and open to the public, but reservations must be made no later than 4:00 pm, Friday, May 3rd. We encourage all participants to bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy on the grounds of Villa Finale after the program. Lawn blankets are welcome.
Donations to Villa Finale always appreciated!
5/11 – Mathis and Ford Homes: A grand tour for the historic preservation enthusiast (10:00am - 2:00pm)
Join Villa Finale’s Curator, Meg Nowack, for a grand tour of preservationist Walter Mathis and architect O’Neil Ford’s homes. Ford and Mathis forged a friendship over historic buildings, a shared venture about which they both were very passionate. The day will begin at 10 a.m. at the front gate of Villa Finale, Mathis’s beloved home in the King William National Historic District, where the group will take a tour of the house and learn about the influence Mathis and Ford had upon each other. After which, Nowack will guide the group down the street to Ford’s former office at 526 King William to tour the interior of the now private residence.
The grand tour will conclude with a drive to O’Neil and Wanda Ford’s fantastic and historic former residence at 7 Willow Way, near the Mission San Jose. The unique house is now the home of native San Antonian and local real estate developer, James Lifshutz, who restored it in 2005. Guests will be provided with drinks and a boxed lunch to enjoy in the intriguing gardens of Willow Way. Lifshutz will conclude the afternoon with an anecdote-filled tour of the Ford estate, and special guest Mary Lance will discuss the craft of Ford’s brother, Lynn. What better way to spend a Saturday during Preservation Month!
Our most popular tour is back! Walter Mathis enhanced Villa Finale’s world of visual beauty by filling his home with the sounds of music. Guests to his home were treated to a unique visit as they toured Villa Finale’s collections while their ears were entertained by the musical delights of antique machines. In this popular tour, we recreate this experience by treating today’s visitors to demonstrations of some of the rare music machines in the Mathis collections including the automated 1921 Bechstein-Welte reproducing piano, located inside one of the home’s lavish parlors.$10.00 members
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