The Spanish Governor’s Palace is a restored Texas-era adobe located in downtown San Antonio. It is the last visible trace of the 18th-century colonial Presidio San Antonio de Béxar complex, and the only remaining example in Texas of the 18th-century Spanish Colonial residence in the area. The National Geographic Society called the landmark “the most beautiful building in San Antonio.”[The building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970. It is now owned by the city, and it is open to the public as a museum.
The house was built in the early 18th century, planned as early as 1722 and completed in 1749. The keystone above the front entrance is labelled with the coat of arms of King Ferdinand VI of Spain and the date of 1749. At first, the house was the residence and the working offices of the local presidio commander. Later, it became the residence of the Spanish governors who were living in San Antonio. The house later became the capital of the Texas district of Spanish America in 1772. The Spanish founded the Presidio San Antonio de Béxar to protect the missions of the region, including the Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo) and the Missions of the modern day San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, as well as the the Spanish colony.
The Palace Today
The only structure now standing at the Presidio San Antonio Bexar is the Palace of the Spanish Governor. It’s one of the oldest residential buildings still standing in Texas. The house is a long one-story, U-shaped stone structure covered in stucco surrounding the typical Spanish patio and courtyard. The building was probably finished around 1749, the date given on the keystone above the front entrance which bears the carved, double-headed eagle from the coat-of-arms of King Ferdinand VI of Spain (or Hapsburg).
Visitors can still see it today. Finally, Ignatio Perez, governor of Texas from 1815 to 1817 and former Spanish captain, bought the home and the property remained with his descendants until the City of San Antonio bought it in 1928.
San Antonio, Texas showcases these must-see museums you shouldn’t miss:
- San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
- San Antonio Museum of Art
- Spanish Governor’s Palace
- Edward Steves Homestead
These amazing museums are located just down the street from our location at 20770 U.S. Hwy 281 N #107. Stop by for a visit anytime!