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

Hessler House

(The Guadalupe House)

 
 
Hessler House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 2, 2015
1. Hessler House Marker
Inscription. Like 208 South Presa, which it resembles, this house was probably built shortly after 1869 on land purchased by Ernest Hessler from Juana Francisca Montes de Flores. The structure, which appears on the 1873 city map, was rented when Louis Foutrel bought it in 1891, and continued to be used as rental property until the City acquired it in l940.

Both this and the adjacent house reflect building styles of the post—Civil War War era in San Antonio, when simple, well-proportioned houses began to replace earlier adobe structures and the rude houses typical of a frontier settlement. The houses have different floor plans, although they both have three-bay front porches.

A shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe was built as a part of the NYA era wall on the north side of the house. Shrines built to venerate a cherished saint were common features of Hispanic homes. The house and walkway leading to it take their present names from the shrine.
 
Erected by La Villita Tenants Association and the San Antonio Conservation Society. (Marker Number Q.)
 
Location. 29° 25.288′ N, 98° 29.374′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker can be reached from South Presa Street south
Hessler House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 2, 2015
2. Hessler House Marker
of Villita Street, on the right when traveling north. 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. A different marker also named Hessler House (a few steps from this marker); The Weaving Building And Kiln (a few steps from this marker); Tejada House (a few steps from this marker); Bolivar Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Herrera House (within shouting distance of 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
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 204 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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