May is National Preservation Month and The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) is offering numerous events and activities as part of our extensive education and outreach campaign on the Role of historic preservation in achieving economic, cultural and environmental sustainability.
Historic preservation has a demonstrated positive impact on economic development efforts in our community. It is a tool for neighborhood stabilization and community revitalization that is connected to broader strategies of land use, smart growth, sustainability and job creation.
According to a recent study for San Antonio, historic preservation plays a major role in neighborhood stability and the overall economy and quality of life in the city. Historic neighborhoods also tend to outperform the city as a whole in terms of walkability, transit scores, proximity to parks, and bikeability. The study also revealed that historic buildings attract investment from small businesses and start-up firms which are a crucial component to local economics.
The heritage portion alone of San Antonio tourism industry is responsible for generating $2.5 billion in visitor expenditures, resulting in nearly 52,000 jobs and $1.7 billion in salary and wages. This impact can be attributed to the preservation historic resources that set San Antonio apart from other destinations.
Preservation is not about freezing time or resisting change. It is about making careful decisions to protect our sense of place and preserve what makes San Antonio unique while supporting economic development.
Furthermore, the Office of Historic Preservation is a leader in the nation for active community engagement by a city preservation department. The Events held during preservation month are a major component to OHP’s education and outreach programs.
To kick off Preservation Month, OHP is hosting the State of Preservation Reception on Friday, May 1, at 11AM, at the Spanish Governor’s Palace.
A few highlights during Historic preservation month include.
- The Amazing Preservation Race for Adults will take place on Friday, May 8th, which is a fun adventure
- The annual Amazing Preservation Race for Kids will be held Saturday, May 16th, in the beautiful King William Historic District. This popular free event gives kids the chance to learn about history and buildings while solving clues and being active.
- On May 19th, we will host the first preservation block party in conjunction with Open in St Paul Square and Downtown Tuesday.
Wrapping up the month, a workshop for using historic tax credits is scheduled for may 29 at sunset station. Sessions will include general information on the state historic tax credit and how to take advantage of the powerful rehabilitation program, which when partnered with the federal tax credit, can result in a 45% tax credit for qualified projects.
We wish to thank the many Sponsors and partners that make these events possible! For more information about all of the events and activities, visit the OHP website at www.sanantonio.gov/historic