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...
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 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 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.