In 1984, the southern portion of the King William area was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and named the S. Alamo Street – S. Saint Mary’s Street National Register Historic District. Part of the nomination process was a historic structure survey, which consisted of photographing buildings and houses, identifying architectural styles and determining if they were “contributing” to the historic district.
The National Park Service’s National Register criteria for historic districts states, “For a district to retain integrity as a whole, the majority of the components that make up the district’s historic character must possess integrity even if they are individually undistinguished. In addition the relationships among the district’s components must be substantially unchanged since the period of significance.” When a building has retained its “integrity” it is labeled as “contributing” to the overall integrity of the historic district.
The KWA Board voted last year to update the data as a way to start archive files on the houses and to compare today’s conditions to 1984. To collect this data, KWA hired Mary Minor, a graduate student in architecture at UTSA, to take photographs and document the exterior materials of the buildings. Mary, who is also working on a certificate in Historic Preservation, said, “Thank you for this opportunity. I'm passionate about place and I love San Antonio.”
If you see Mary on your street with her camera, be sure to say hello!
- Cherise Bell