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

Bowen-Kirchner House

 
 
Bowen-Kirchner House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 2, 2015
1. Bowen-Kirchner House Marker
Inscription. Margarita Pérez de Rodríguez, consort of Compañía de Béxar soldier Jose Antonio Rodríguez, was given this land "in satisfaction of her constitutional allowance." She sold the property in 1851 to San Antonio postmaster John Bowen, who conveyed it to Auguste Kirchner in 1871. The house, built either by Bowen or Kirchner, appears on the 1873 Koch bird’s-eye view map of San Antonio. Thomas Abbott, a shoemaker, bought the property in 1881 from his wife’s family, the Heiligmans, who also owned the house to the east. Anna Schneider, a clairvoyant, lived here for many years. Following its purchase by the City of San Antonio in 1940, the house served as the La Villita project office and Red Cross Training Center.

The house is built of uniformly sized blocks of “caliche”, a clay and calcium substance. The local building material, cut from the ground and dried, was used in the late nineteenth century.
 
Erected by La Villita Tenants Association and the San Antonio Conservation Society. (Marker Number B.)
 
Location. 29° 25.309′ N, 98° 29.344′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is on Villita Street west of King Philip Alley, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map
Bowen-Kirchner House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 2, 2015
2. Bowen-Kirchner House Marker
. 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. Losana House (a few steps from this marker); Kitchen (a few steps from this marker); Articles of Capitulation (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Site of St. Philip's College (within shouting distance of this marker); Herrera House (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Philip's College (within shouting distance of this marker); Bolivar Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Tejada House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
 
Also see . . .  La Villita Historic Arts Village. (Submitted on May 4, 2015.)
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 4, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 206 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 4, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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