The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized the King William Neighborhood, the Gustav Blersch House (213 Washington St.) and the Alfred Giles House (308 King William St.) as a significant part of Texas history by bestowing each with an Official Texas Historical Marker.  

The dedication ceremony was held November 21 at King William Park.  Attendees included Mayor Ivy Taylor, THC representative Chris Florance, Bexar County Historical Commission Chair Virginia Nicholas, COSA Deputy Historic Preservation Officer Kathy Rodriguez and many neighbors and visitors.  

“The Official Texas Historical Marker program helps bring attention to community treasures and the importance of their preservation,” said Chris Florance, THC Director of Public Information. “Awareness and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of our state’s history.  This designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of important cultural resources.”  Texas has the largest marker program in the United States with approximately 15,000 markers.  

- Nora Peterson