San Antonio Conservation Society
Who We Are
Who We Are


Founded in 1924, the San Antonio Conservation Society is one of the first community preservation groups in the United States. Beginning with efforts to preserve such unique sites as the city’s Spanish Colonial missions, we are responsible for saving many of the historic attractions that make San Antonio the top tourist destination in Texas.

In addition to advocating the reuse of historic structures, we also conduct annual bus tours of historic sites for school children; offer grants for community preservation projects; maintain two historic house museums and a research library; present awards for the restoration of the built environment and for the publication of outstanding books on Texas history; host speakers and support heritage projects in many ways.

Our annual event, A Night in Old San Antonio® – held during Fiesta week in April since 1948 – is the largest preservation fundraiser in the United States.

From thirteen founding women, to a membership of over 1,700 men and women, our volunteers are still actively involved in the preservation of history, structures, customs, green spaces, and the diverse cultural heritage of San Antonio and Texas.


“Shall I say ‘Yes, I remember it.’ or ‘Here it is, I helped to save it’?

~Miss Anna Ellis


Color logo for the San Antonio Conservation Society, featuring all-seeing eye, wild olive branch, and mission tower

The wild olive branch is symbolic of the Society’s interest in the preservation of parks, plazas, and all natural beauty, and at the same time, depicts a peaceful relationship in historic preservation and the community. The tower represents not only all the missions, but all other historic structures of historic significance. The all-seeing eye refers to the Society’s watchful role in the preservation of the remaining amenities of our local heritage.

– Amanda Cartwright Taylor


Puppet Show

Illustration of the Puppets


Old San Antonio Market House before it was demolished

Society Properties

Anton Wulf House

Saved Properties

Aztec Theater

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