Spanish Governor's Palace

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Spanish Governor's Palace
San Antonio TX Spanish Govenors Palace.jpg
Inside of Spanish Governor's Palace in San Antonio, Texas
Spanish Governor's Palace is located in Texas
Spanish Governor's Palace
Spanish Governor's Palace
Location San Antonio, Texas, USA
Coordinates 29°25′30″N 98°29′45″W / 29.42500°N 98.49583°W / 29.42500; -98.49583Coordinates: 29°25′30″N 98°29′45″W / 29.42500°N 98.49583°W / 29.42500; -98.49583
Built 1749
Governing body San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department
NRHP Reference # 70000741
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 15, 1970[1]
Designated NHL April 15, 1970[2]
Inside of Spanish Governor's Palace in San Antonio, Texas

The Spanish Governor's Palace is a National Historic Landmark in Downtown San Antonio in the U.S. state of Texas. Built in the first half of the 18th century, it was originally intended to protect the nearby San Antonio de Valero Mission (the Alamo) and the growing colony. It is considered the sole remaining example of an aristocratic early Spanish house in Texas.[3] The National Geographic Society has called the landmark "the most beautiful building in San Antonio."[4]

History[edit]

The building was constructed in the early 18th century, possibly as early as 1722.[3] The keystone above the front entrance is marked with the coat-of-arms of Spanish King Ferdinand VI along with the date 1749.[4] The building was actually the residence and working offices of the local presidio captain, and not the palace for the region's Spanish governor.[5] The building later became the capitol building of the Tejas region of Spanish Texas in 1722.[3]

The building is currently maintained by the City of San Antonio and is open to the public as a museum.

Description and location[edit]

Palace entrance showing building exterior

The one-story masonry and stucco structure is built in the Spanish Colonial style. It features 10 rooms with a grand courtyard and fountain which is alleged to be haunted.[4]

The palace is located in between Market Square and the San Antonio River Walk near the current city hall. The address is 105 Military Plaza.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ Snell and Heintzelman (May, 1975). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Spanish Governor's Palace PDF. National Park Service.  and [1] PDF
  3. ^ a b c Spanish Governor's Palace at the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation
  4. ^ a b c Spanish Governor's Palace at the San Antonio Convention and Visitor's Bureau
  5. ^ SPANISH GOVERNOR'S PALACE from the Handbook of Texas Online
  6. ^ Spanish Governor's Palace entry at the National Historic Landmark's registry

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