Casa Navarro is a historic site in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, U.S. state. The original house complex was the home of the Texas patriot José Antonio Navarro (1795–1871), a rancher, a trader, a leading advocate for Tejano rights, and one of the only two native Texans to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence. Navarro first bought the property, approximately 1.5 acres, in 1832. The limestone, the caliche block, and the adobe structures were constructed. 1832–1855, Navarro moved to the land shortly afterwards.
The site is located in the heart of old San Antonio, in what used to be a vibrant Tejano community known as Laredito. The buildings were bought and restored by the San Antonio Conservation Society between 1960 and 1964 and opened to the public in October 1964. The site was declared Texas State Historic Landmark in 1962 and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The house was moved from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to the Texas Historical Commission on 1 January 2008. The house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2016.
Today, visitors can read copies of Navarre’s one-story limestone house— a fine example of early statehood domestic architecture— and address history issues with knowledgeable staff. There is also a two-storey square store and an office building, known for its bold curtains, which anchor the edges of the walls of the building. The detached adobe and caliche block kitchen is characteristic of early Texas architecture with front and back porches.
José Antonio Navarro was an influential political figure during the epochal era of 55 years (1810–1865) when the destiny of Texas was forged. Navarro served in the Texas assemblies of Mexico, the Republic of Texas and the state of Texas. In fact, he sat on the committees that drafted the first two constitutions of Texas in 1836 and 1845.
While Navarro was a popular, powerful figure, he was not a professional politician. As a young man, he learned the trade of a merchant, the profession of his father. Factories from the United States and Europe sent ships loaded with goods to New Orleans, where Navarro arranged for the import of books, fabrics, shoes, wine, sugar, rice and coffee.
Navarro also made a living by investment in property. In the 1830s, he acquired more than 50,000 acres of ranch land at a price of pennies an acre. As thousands of people immigrated to Texas, the demand for land increased. Navarro sold portions of its land holdings for up to three dollars an acre. His rental properties in San Antonio have generated revenue.
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