KWA Newsletter Articles

Albert Steves built his new home at 504 King William Street in 1883 just in time for his marriage to Fanny Baetz.  The Alfred Giles designed house, built at a cost of $9,625, was located directly across the street from his parents, Edward and Johanna Steves.  Albert was associated with his father and brother in the lumber business.  Over the years, Albert Steves held many important positions in the city of San Antonio – mayor and vice president of two different banks. 

Read more: Then...and Now: 504 King William

It is with mixed emotions that I announce that our Executive Director, Cherise Bell, has decided to leave the King William Association to take on a new position where she will continue her passion for preservation and restoration.  

Cherise was the KWA’s first ED when she was hired in May 2012.  She has done a remarkable job over the last five years taking a wholly volunteer organization and transforming it into a truly professionally-run nonprofit.  She professionalized the organization’s procedures, operations, membership interaction, and community and government relations.

Read more: President's Message: November 2017

Our hands make us human.  We are different, for both good and bad, from all the other living things on our Earth, because of what we can do with our hands.  True, our simian brethren can make and use simple tools, but I doubt the average silverback gorilla is going to engrave treasury notes or sculpt the next David. 

The difference lies in our ability to do very fine work emphasizing highly sensitive control of pressure applied by our fingers and the ability to grasp and manipulate very small objects like engraving tools, bobbins and thread for lace making, rosin-coated bows and micro-surgical tools.

Read more: City Lights: November 2017

On October 6, several neighbors joined our plant swap, bringing an abundance of at least 30 different types of plants to share with fellow plant lovers. Thanks to everyone's generosity,  we were able to leave several in front of the KWA office with a "Free Plants" sign.  They were all gone by the next morning. Our next event is planned for spring, so stay tuned for details.

 - Angela Martinez 

To celebrate the King William Association’s 50th anniversary, two Christmas ornaments were created.  The ceramic ornament is from a Caroline Shelton 1977 watercolor print and costs $10.  The metal ornament was designed by Mike Schroeder using a window hood from 323 Adams Street and costs $20.  

Come by the King William office to purchase.  Your support is appreciated!

Dear King William Friends,

Hopefully everyone is enjoying the cooler weather.  It’s always a great time to be in San Antonio as the summer heat gives way to the arrival of fall and its mild temperatures.  For many, this change in weather allows folks to enjoy the outdoors and take care of projects that were delayed until triple-digit temperatures became a distant memory. 

Read more: Sidewalk Cost Sharing Program Renewed

In 2014, KWA staff contacted the City’s office of Transportation and Capital Improvements to discuss how to get the streets repaired in the “Fair Zone” so that they would be in excellent shape for the 50th Fair.  Staff met with City representatives several times to discuss the issues.  

In 2015, staff again met with City representatives and drove around King William streets with them to discuss drainage and road conditions.  The city agreed that the streets needed to be fixed.  A formal letter was written and the KWA president met with Councilman Treviño to present the facts regarding the condition of the streets, drainage issues, that it has been decades since the streets were repaired; additionally, King William is a highly visited tourist destination, and the condition of our streets should be improved to reflect that.  

Read more: Street Improvements

A new District 1 Zoning Commissioner, Sophia Lopez, has been named by Councilman Treviño.  She may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The countdown to our 2018 King William Fair is on (less than six months to go!) and applications are currently being accepted online for the vendor, entertainer and parade opportunities listed below.  Visit our website for more details at kwfair.org.  

Application Deadline 

  • Art & Craft Vendors, December 15, 2017
  • Entertainers, December 15, 2017
  • Food Vendors, February 2, 2018
  • Parade Participants, February 7, 2018
  • Kids Kingdom Vendors, February 7, 2018

- Syeira Budd, Fair Manager

In July 2007, Keith and I moved back to San Antonio when he retired from private practice and accepted a clinical professorship at the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School.  We bought a house in the suburbs and started our life in SA!

After two years in the suburbs, Keith asked me if we could sell the house and move “downtown.”  I agreed and we sold the house in THREE days!  So, having to move in a hurry, we found St. Benedict’s Lofts and moved in the day before Thanksgiving, November 2009.  

Read more: Fair View: Your Invitation to Get Involved!

The KWA awarded The Cannoli Fund a community grant for 2017-2018 that will help fund two programs of our animal welfare group that works in greater King William and Lavaca.  

One of the programs is new: SOS: Save Our Strays.  Our organization does not rescue stray animals itself, but provides advice, access to resources and financial assistance for neighbors who do.  Stray dogs and cats have roamed the streets of King William for decades.  In the past, our Cannolicare program, which provides financial assistance for major veterinary care, has supported neighbors rescuing these animals.  Although Cannolicare officially provides $400 per animal towards veterinary care, we have often increased that amount to help save strays that suffer from at least one serious and costly medical condition, like heartworm disease.  

Read more: KWA Grant Recipient The Cannoli Fund for Dogs and Cats

On September 12, COSA’s Development Services Department (DSD) hosted its second Tree Discussion meeting with stakeholders and customers.  At the meeting, City Arborist Mark Bird reviewed the outcome of the recently completed Special Session of the Texas Legislature, previous topics from the first Tree Discussion meeting and current topics of interest related to DSD processes for implementation of the tree and landscape ordinances. 

Read more: COSA Tree Discussion

Neighborhood Archaeologist Spies Possible Acequia Remnant

The Pajalache or Concepcion acequia path is under S. St Mary’s Street, according to research and a map created by the late Waynne Cox.  It began at the San Antonio River’s bend at La Villita and extended past Mission Concepcion.  

SAWS excavated a utility trench across S. St. Mary’s that may have exposed a remnant of the acequia.  SAWS normally schedules such work with the City’s Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) so that OHP can monitor the excavations to record any historic features that might be encountered, but emergency work often does not get listed with OHP.  

Read more: King William Archaeology

Dear Neighbors,

With our newly elected board, we are off to a great start.  I am honored to be re-elected as your President and am excited about serving you for another year.  I want to thank those Board members who are stepping down for your hard work and contributions to the Association and the community.  Your presence on the board will be missed, but we hope you will remain involved! 

This past year was a busy one with several accomplishments including:

Read more: President's Message: October 2017

For many years, the King William Association has been proud to award grants to schools and nonprofit organizations in the King William area.  The mission of the Association is to promote its residents’ educational, cultural and recreational pursuits, as well as to preserve the neighborhood’s historic structures and the diversity of its people.  

In an annual competitive process, organizations submit a grant application outlining their missions and goals, describing the program or project for which funding is requested and how such funding will address the needs of the organization, and explaining how their project fulfills the Association’s mission. 

Read more: KWA Announces 2017 Grant Awards

If you’ve ever needed a first responder in an emergency, you know how helpful they can be.  What do you know about our own fire department?

The SAFD consists of 51 fire stations and 1800 uniformed and civilian employees.  First responders provide service to well over 1 million citizens and visitors within a response area covering over 460 square miles. SAFD responded to over 167,000 emergency incidents in 2015 with medical emergencies accounting for more than 80 percent of total calls.  Through careful resource management, the San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD) has one of the lowest response times and property damage rate for cities of comparable size.  

Read more: The SAFD: On the Front Lines of First Response in Emergencies

The sign on the door said “Closed during August,” but there was a lot of action inside the San Antonio Art League & Museum.  Downstairs, volunteers and board members were carefully sliding out paintings by the Onderdonks, William Merritt Chase and Jose Arpa from their storage spaces as they documented and tagged the 600+ artworks in the League’s Permanent Collection.  Meanwhile, the old Gift Shop was being scaled down to provide more exhibition space.  Upstairs, SAAL&M members were putting together a salon-style Members Gallery that will showcase work by nine different artists every two months.  

Adding to the mix was excitement and anticipation about the blockbuster September exhibit, a solo show by James Wyatt Hendricks, the Art League’s Artist of the Year for 2017. If you haven’t seen it, it’s up until October 22, and it’s not to be missed.  Hendriks’ interpretation of Myth and Hero in metal, resin, paint and Prismacolor fills the gallery with magic. 

Read more: Time to Visit the SA Art League & Museum

Summer is past.  We are officially into fall and there are many things that can be done in the garden.  

Compost and organic fertilizer can be applied to lawns to build soil and strengthen roots for spring growth.  Mulch around trees, shrubs, and perennials to protect roots in case we get some cold weather this winter.  Leave an exposed ring about a foot in diameter around the base of the plants.  

Read more: Out in the Garden with Alan Cash: October 2017

Tastes change, styles change.  What’s popular today is passé tomorrow.  So it is with architecture.

Take the Cook/Keating house at 222 King William Street, which began circa 1890 as a one-story caliche block house.  In 1895, George Kalteyer bought the property at a sheriff’s auction for $2700.  In 1906, his granddaughter, Minnie Kalteyer Cook, inherited the house.  She and her husband, Dr. Fred W. Cook, president of the San Antonio Drug Company, added a second story as well as a porch and Mission style parapet under the guidance of architect Atlee Ayres.  Listed in the archive of Ayres’ architectural plans is “Fred Cook – Residence addition and stable.” 

Read more: Then...and Now: 222 King William

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