Old Places New Spaces San Antonio Style Book Review

4 years ago

Today I thought I'd share with you a great book Old Places New Spaces San Antonio Style by David Strahan, AIA, Katharine Kaye mcMillan, PhD, and Patricia Hart McMillan through Schiffer Publishing.


Old Places New Spaces San Antonio Style focuses on many historic residential buildings that have been restored and preserved with keeping in mind today's modern living.  Some of these historic buildings have been LEED certified, for example the Nix House is the city's first designated LEED Platinum historic home preservation site.


San Antonio's community, a city of immigrants, has and continues to shape iconic architecture through its various cultures.  Other architectural influences came from the city's German, Alsatian, Mexican and American immigrants.  The city was founded in the early 1700's when a mission was built, and the well known Alamo and four other missions built along the San Antonio River are large influencers of many homes built in San Antonio today.  


Over time the houses have been transformed by knocking out walls, adding chases, etc to accommodate their newest members and modern day living.  This book features over 20 houses with an in-depth information on these historic and iconic San Antonio homes as well as the images of the exterior and interior architectural details and interior decor.


Enjoy images of some of several different houses featured in the book.


The Capps House built in the historic King William district was neglected until the Capps decided to revive this historic beauty.  They hired architect Jim Poteet to tailor to their needs without sacrificing the home's historic character.  





Historic Gallagher Ranch was built by Peter Gallagher, and now architect Christopher C. Hill, current owner, has brought this Texas ranch back to life.  Gallagher Ranch is located just outside San Antonio's downtown River Walk.  The ranch houses 3 buildings that embrace an expansive courtyard enclosed by a cut-stone wall.








The Nix House was built in 1899, and was one of the first houses designed by the Nix family in the King William Historic District.  The Nix House is the first LEED certified home in San Antonio.







Lavaca House is an old caliche block structure built in 1880s, but when it was first bought you couldn't see the original structure until after layers upon layers were removed.  After removing the additions, the home was re-designed by architect Jim Poteet to respect the history of the home's original structure and with a contemporary living space.







Terrell Hills House originally built in the 1930's by Architect Bartlett Cocke, Sr.  After the home was stymied by newer additions the new home owners hired Architect John Grable to revive this home to its former glory with modern sensibilities.





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