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

Tejada House

(The Caxias House)

 
 
Tejada House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 2, 2015
1. Tejada House Marker
Inscription. This house appears on the 1873 city map and was probably built by José and Refugia Durán Tejada, who bought the land in 1855 from Concepción Ruiz. Ernest Hessler, who already owned the two houses to the west on Presa Street, bought the property in 1880, and the small alley in front became known as Hessler Street. Leon Foutrel bought the three houses from Hessler in 1891. The residence was rented for many years, and was owned by the City Public Service Company prior to acquisition by the City of San Antonio in 1940. As part of the La Villita restoration, the street was renamed Calle Hidalgo in honor of Father Miguel Hidalgo y Castilla (sic, Costilla), who proclaimed Mexico's independence from Spain in 1810. The house is dedicated to Luis Alves de Lima e Silva, Duke of Caxias, Brazil's most famous soldier in the national fight for independence.

This house is one of only three structures in La Villita built of adobe bricks, and this is the only building whose walls are supported by buttresses. These features suggest that it was built by Hispanic craftsmen.
 
Erected by La Villita Tenants Association and the San Antonio Conservation Society. (Marker Number O.)
 
Location. 29° 25.294′ N, 98° 29.366′ 
Tejada House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 2, 2015
2. Tejada House Marker
W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker can be reached from King Philip Alley south of Villita Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Antonio TX 78205, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Weaving Building And Kiln (here, next to this marker); Hessler House (a few steps from this marker); Bolivar Hall (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Hessler House (a few steps from this marker); Herrera House (a few steps from this marker); Benito Juarez (within shouting distance of this marker); Kitchen (within shouting distance of this marker); Bowen-Kirchner House (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in San Antonio.
 
Also see . . .  La Villita Historic Arts Village. (Submitted on May 4, 2015.)
 
Categories. Hispanic AmericansIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Caxias House image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 2, 2015
3. Caxias House
Caxias House image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 2, 2015
4. Caxias House
Marshal Luis Alves de Lima e Silva, Duke of Caxias, was born at Rio de Janiero, August 25, 1803, he died in his seventy-seventh year at Santa Monica, May 7, 1880. The Duke of Caxias, the only holder of that title in the history of Brazil, was that nation's most famous soldier. Courage and enduring effort in the cause of Brazilian independence lifted him to the pinnacle of military greatness. He tempered valor with prudence, and patriotism with far-sighted wisdom. This house is named in his honor as a gesture of peace and friendship towards the Portuguese speaking people of South America.
Peace Forever
Biasa Rodriguez
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 215 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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