Spanish Governor's Palace

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Spanish Governor's Palace
San Antonio TX Spanish Govenors Palace.jpg
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 1722
NRHP Reference # 70000741
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 15, 1970[1]
Designated NHL April 15, 1970[2]
San Antonio Spanish Governor's Palace interior.

The Spanish Governor's Palace is a historic adobe from the Spanish Texas period ( building located in the Downtown San Antonio district of San Antonio, Texas.

It is the last visible trace of the 18th-century colonial Presidio San Antonio de Béxar complex, and the only remaining example in Texas of an aristocratic 18th-century Spanish Colonial in−town residence.[3] The National Geographic Society has named the landmark "the most beautiful building in San Antonio."[4]

History[edit]

The building was constructed in the early 18th century, planned as early as 1722 and completed in 1849.[3] It was The keystone above the front entrance is marked with the coat-of-arms of Spanish King Ferdinand VI and the date 1749.[4] The building was the residence and working offices of the local presidio captain at first. Later, it became the home of the Spanish governors who lived in San Antonio.[5] The building later became the capitol building of the Tejas region of Spanish Texas in 1722.[3]

The Spanish built the Presidio San Antonio de Béxar to protect the area’s missions, including the San Antonio de Valero Mission (The Alamo) and the missions in the present day San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, as well as the growing Spanish colony.

Description and location[edit]

The one-story masonry and stucco structure features ten rooms, a grand courtyard and a fountain, and 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, San Antonio.[6]

Palace facade with main entrance.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Snell and Heintzelman (May, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Spanish Governor's Palace PDF". National Park Service.  Check date values in: |date= (help); External link in |title= (help) and http://focus.nps.gov/pdfhost/docs/NHLS/Photos/70000741.pdf 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 Visitors Bureau
  5. ^ SPANISH GOVERNOR'S PALACE from the Handbook of Texas Online
  6. ^ Spanish Governor's Palace entry at the National Historic Landmarks registry

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