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San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Halff House

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, May 1, 2015
1. Halff House Marker
Inscription. Mayer Halff (1836-1905) immigrated to Texas from Lauterborg, Alsace Lorraine, France, in 1850. In partnership with his brother Solomon, he opened a mercantile business in Liberty and began a cattle ranching enterprise. They moved to San Antonio in 1864 and established M. Halff & Brother, a wholesale dry goods company. Their ranching interests grew to include over a million acres of land in Texas and other states, and they also became interested in banking.

Mayer Halff purchased land at this site in 1890, and three years later he and his wife Rachel (Hart) had this house built for their family. Exhibiting Eastlake and Richardsonian Romanesque stylistic influences, the Victorian-Era house features a prominent round arch entry, two-story crenellated bay, two-story full-length side porch with eastlake detailing. Originally built on Goliad Street, the house remained on its original site when the street was removed for construction of the Hemisfair facilities in the 1960s.

The Halff family played an important role in the development of San Antonio and the Texas cattle industry. Many of their descendants, some of whom married into the pioneer Oppenheimer family, still reside in the city.
 
Erected 1966 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2333.)
 
Location.
Halff House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 1, 2015
2. Halff House Marker
29° 25.22′ N, 98° 29.221′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Alamo Street and East Nueva Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located in Hemisfair Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Hemisfair Plaza Way, San Antonio TX 78205, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The German-English School Buildings (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commemorating (about 500 feet away); La Villita (about 600 feet away); Bombach House and Store (about 600 feet away); John W. Smith (about 600 feet away); Gray-Guilbeau House (about 600 feet away); The Dashiell House (about 700 feet away); Little Church of La Villita (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Antonio.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Halff House image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 1, 2015
3. Halff House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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