We spent our final day in San Antonio being heritage tourists, first along the San Antonio Mission Trail and then in the King William Historic District which showcases the city’s most opulent 19th century homes.
|18th century Mission Concepcion church|
|It was amazing to be able to see the original interior decorations|
|The second, San Jose, offered reconstruction of the mission environment|
|Even more, the original exterior decorations. Though faded, one can imagine the exterior church in this design|
|The third mission, Espada, is largely in ruins, though this church is closed while undergoing renovations|
From there it was to the 19th century “Sharon’s century,” and in the King William district we took a self guided tour of Edward Steves House Museum and then wandered through the rest of the district. My interest in more in commercial and public architecture, but Sharon revels in the domestic.
|The Steves House (1877) in the King William District|
|An interior shot. I could not help but compare this with San Francisco's Haas-Lilienthal House where I worked briefly in the 1980s. In some ways San Antonio gives the sense of being more a frontier town than San Francisco was.|
|Note the lovely brickwork|
Our next stop, the Gulf town of Corpus Christi