Points Of Interest

Point #1
Kaiser Wilhelm 1

508 King William St, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA

  • Distance : 155
  • Attraction :

There are 79 historic structures in the 22 blocks that make up this neighborhood. In the 1700s, this land was part of farmland that belonged to Mission San Antonio de Valero, better known as The Alamo. During the latter 1800s, it was transformed into an elegant residential neighborhood by prominent, mostly German merchants, cattlemen, doctors, lawyers, and other professionals. The name King William honors Kaiser Wilhelm I, the Emperor of Germany at that time. After you have parked your car walk over one block away from Alamo St., turn right on King William Street, and go to the first house on your right, at 528 King William Street. Almost every major architecture style is on display along this street. We will point out examples, but the main emphasis will be on the stories of the people who built and/or lived in these homes. I will also include current valuation data in case you want to come back and buy one. This tour uses GPS to determine your position to begin the narrative, so please stay on the sidewalks unless crossing the street. At any time, if you wish to replay the narrative you just heard, press the large forward arrow at the bottom of your phone. Be sure that the little selector at the bottom right is on Auto Play ON

Point #2
Beisenbach House

508 King William St, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA

  • Distance : 77
  • Attraction :

The Who’s Who of San Antonio Architects either designed homes here, lived here, or both...

Point #3
Edward Steves House

419 King William St, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA

  • Distance : 109
  • Attraction :

Edward and Johanna Steves opened our city’s first lumber company, which continues to operate today. This French Second Empire home...

Point #4
Johnson Street Bridge

419 King William St, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA

  • Distance : 80
  • Attraction :

In 1691, on an expedition in search of a mid-way point between the missions in Mexico and those in East Texas, they came across this river They said mass along its banks and since it was the feast day of St. Anthony, named it for that saint...

Point #5
Nix House

410 King William, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA

  • Distance : 34
  • Attraction :

Welcome to the Nix Houses. As I mentioned earlier, this and the house next door at 432, built in 1900, represent Atlee Ayers’s earliest exploration of the Colonial Revival Style...

Point #6
George Kalteyer House

410 King William, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA

  • Distance : 14
  • Attraction :

This is one of my favorite houses and it belonged to the son of a German immigrant...

Point #7
Ike West House

410 King William, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA

  • Distance : 10
  • Attraction :

One of the most colorful chapters in King William lore is the story of Sandra West...

Point #8
Edmunds House

00742-001-0112, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA

  • Distance : 51
  • Attraction :

This house was built in 1875 of materials brought up from the coast by oxcart...

Point #9
Villa Finale

325 King William, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA

  • Distance : 60
  • Attraction :

Starting in around 1900 as the next generation took over, they started to gradually move out of the neighbor...

Point #10
Groos/Butt House

308 King William, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA

  • Distance : 37
  • Attraction :

This Italian Villa style house was designed by prominent San Antonio architect, Alfred Giles...

Point #11
Art Moderne

306 King William, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA

  • Distance : 37
  • Attraction :

Remember the aptitude tests you took in school that show you three things and you are supposed to pick out which one doesn’t go with the others???

Point #12
Oppenheimer House

241 King William, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA

  • Distance : 23
  • Attraction :

This home of banker M.L. Oppenheimer, built around 1900, is an example of the Romanesque Revival Style...

Point #13
Alfred Giles House

241 King William, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA

  • Distance : 24
  • Attraction :

Alfred Giles, a native of England, emigrated to the United States in 1873 at the age of 20...

Point #14
Greek Columns

306 King William, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA

  • Distance : 45
  • Attraction :

Do you remember the three types of Greek columns, Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian? Look at your phone for a picture of all three types in that order. On this street you will see Doric, the simplest of them all, and Corinthian, which is the most ornate one The Ionic Column is mid-way between those two with a scroll or rams-horn design at the top but there are no examples of it on this street. See if you can pick out the different types as you walk along.

Point #15
Joske Home

241 King William, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA

  • Distance : 31
  • Attraction :

This Colonial Revival house belonged to Alexander Joskes, son of the founder of Joske’s Department Store,..

Point #16
Altgelt House

226 King William, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA

  • Distance : 45
  • Attraction :

Ernst Altgelt came to Texas in 1850 and moved to San Antonio in 1866 ...

Point #17
Germans in Texas

222 King William St, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA

  • Distance : 104
  • Attraction :

I am often asked why the Germans came here...

Point #18
Nameless House

138 King William St, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA

  • Distance : 31
  • Attraction :

Underneath all the layers of dirt and neglect lies a beautiful house. This stands as a stark reminder of what this neighborhood might have looked like if Walter Mathis had not intervened. It also testifies to the fact that living in this area and providing care and upkeep on

Point #19
Art League

131 King William St, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA

  • Distance : 47
  • Attraction :

Although this looks like just another nice home, it was originally the carriage house for a large home on Madison, the next street over...

Point #20
Ball Houses

120 King William, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA

  • Distance : 54
  • Attraction :

This is a classic example of a Texas Vernacular house...

Point #21
Anton Wulff House

108 King William St, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA

  • Distance : 311
  • Attraction :

Built in 1870, this was one of the earlier homes erected here and is in the Italianate style...