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A San Antonio Gem: King William Historic District

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While down in San Antonio last week, I was reminded of one of the most beautiful and not necessarily well known areas of the city.  Of course everyone knows about the Riverwalk...

The Riverwalk is an incredibly charming and gorgeous must see sight in San Antonio. {Via The San Antonio Riverwalk}

The Riverwalk is an incredibly charming and gorgeous must see sight in San Antonio. {Via The San Antonio Riverwalk}

But I'm referring to the King William Historic District, a lovely neighborhood in downtown San Antonio filled with architectural gems.  If you walk the neighborhood, you'll see Victorian, Greek Revival, and even Renaissance architecture.  It's a treat for anyone interested in the history of architecture and design.  

The Ike West Home, a beautiful 2 story Victorian.  

The Ike West Home, a beautiful 2 story Victorian.  

The district was largely settled by German immigrants in the late 1800's and the magnificent homes exemplified their economic success. By the 1920's, however, residents were being drawn to new neighborhoods and the King William District fell into disrepair.  Thanks to creative young professionals in the 1960's, the neighborhood experienced a renaissance which continues to this day.

The Groos House, also a Victorian mansion.

The Groos House, also a Victorian mansion.

The Norton/Polk/Mathis House, an Italianate Victorian Home.  

The Norton/Polk/Mathis House, an Italianate Victorian Home.  

The Anton Wulff House, reminiscent of Italian hillside villas.  Now the headquarters of the San Antonio Conservation Society.

The Anton Wulff House, reminiscent of Italian hillside villas.  Now the headquarters of the San Antonio Conservation Society.

The Edward Steve's Homestead, a stunning Renaissance style home.

The Edward Steve's Homestead, a stunning Renaissance style home.

The District covers 25 blocks in downtown San Antonio and when the weather is nice, a walking tour is perfect.  You can pick up a self-guided walking tour from the San Antonio Conservation Society (107 King William Street), or use the link here.  There are companies that offer tours - walking or bus tours - or you can even choose to take a horse and carriage ride through the area.  There's even the option of staying in the King William District if you'd like as some of the homes have been converted to Bed and Breakfasts.

Built in 1905, the Beauregard House, is a cute Victorian and popular Bed and Breakfast (even featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show).

Built in 1905, the Beauregard House, is a cute Victorian and popular Bed and Breakfast (even featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show).

You can read more about the King William District here.  Enjoy your Thursday!

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