Spanish Governor's Palace
History and Background:
- The Spanish Governor’s Palace is located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, along the historic San Pedro Creek.
- The facility is managed by the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office
- It was constructed in the early 18th century and restored in the 1930s.
- It was the original comandancia (residence and working office) for the captains of the military garrison from 1722 until the early 1800s.
- This National Historic Landmark represents the last visual remnants of the Presidio San Antonio de Béjar. The Presidio was established as the result of a rivalry between Spain and France in the early 1700s for dominance of the territory that is now a part of the southwestern United States.
- A long line of Presidio captains presided over the military garrison and lived in this small home.
- After the Civil War, many of the original settler families moved away from the site to newer, more fashionable neighborhoods or to their ranches.
- A variety of businesses then moved into the buildings around the garrison.
- Through the 1920s it housed a variety of businesses including a pawn shop, a wholesale produce store, school classrooms, saloons, a tire shop and a clothing store.
- The City of San Antonio eventually purchased the historic property in 1928 and completed the restoration in 1930 during the formative years of historic preservation in the United States and at the height of the Spanish Colonial Revival movement.
- The restoration resulted in a structure that was larger than the original building and incorporated an embellished, even romanticized, interpretation of the lives and activities of the families who lived here. This interpretation, although not historically correct, has now become a part of the site’s history.
- Today, the Spanish Governor’s Place offers a picturesque setting for private and public events including weddings, receptions, cultural performances, farmers markets, and more.
- The main courtyard is the centerpiece of the Spanish Governor’s Palace.
- With a traditional Spanish colonial setting, the courtyard is surrounded by stucco stoned walls and has a patio with open arches.
- It features a rich garden, a large fountain, a historic well, sitting benches and a mosaic walking path.
- Today, the Spanish Governor’s Palace welcomes approximately 20,000 visitors each year.
Spanish Governor's Palace105 Plaza de Armas
San Antonio, TX 78205