The Unforgettable Architecture of San Antonio

Take a virtual tour of historic San Antonio, and discover timeless architecture influenced by cultures from all over the world.

Photo By: Bob HOwen


Photo By: Michael Shaw

Share a moment in time at the historic Hotel Emma

San Antonio celebrates its past with modern flair. Once a 19th-century brewhouse, today Hotel Emma is an extraordinary 146-room riverfront hotel on the northern edge of downtown San Antonio.

San Antonio Botanical Garden’s Lucile Halsell Conservatory

Argentine-born architect and industrial designer Emilio Ambasz conceptualized the futuristic Lucile Halsell Conservatory at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, merging natural beauty with innovative design.

The Witte Museum puts Texas history right at your feet

The New Witte Museum is open after a 170,000 square foot renovation & expansion. The transformation reflects current museum trends & uses state of the art technology to create an immersive experience.

The Japanese Tea Garden Lily and Koi Pond

The lily pond occupying the former rock quarry is now designated as a Texas Civil Engineering Landmark, a Registered Texas Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The exquisite facade of downtown’s Menger Hotel

The 158-year-old Menger Hotel is a three-story Victorian lodging that once served as a gathering place for Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders and a gala & cotillion venue for the city’s elite.

Neo-Gothic beauty in a house of higher learning

Our Lady of the Lake University is a breathtaking example of the Gothic and neo-Gothic architecture that gives this historic city an exceptional design aesthetic.

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

A world-class performing arts facility with a grand facade, the state-of-the-art Tobin Center shines as a beacon of creativity, fine art and downtown development on the city’s River Walk.

Villa Finale in the King William Historic District

Villa Finale, a beautiful 1876 residence constructed in San Antonio’s German-settled King William District, is Texas’ first National Historic Trust Historic Site.

The world’s largest Virgin Mary mosaic

Just outside the San Antonio’s Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, this stunning 4-story half-relief of the Virgin Mary adorning a prayer candle was created by local Mexican-American artist Jesse Treviño.

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Victorian Architecture

Victorian architecture refers to several styles developed during the reign of Queen Victoria.

Farmhouse Architecture

A farmhouse is defined more by its location and purpose than its style.

Colonial Architecture

Georgian homes feature a rectangular, symmetrical design and a simple formality.

Contemporary Architecture

Contemporary architecture refers to today's diverse building styles.

Ranch Architecture

Single-story, open ranch homes are modeled after the casual style of true Western houses.

Prairie Architecture

Boxy, low-slung prairie architecture was originated by Frank Lloyd Wright in the Midwest.

Arts and Crafts Architecture

The 19th century Arts and Crafts Movement sparked the Craftsman and bungalow styles.

Federal Architecture

This grand style inspired by Roman classicism was America's first national style.

Cape Cod Architecture

Early American settlers developed this Northeastern U.S. style, which is known for its gabled roof and plain front.

Mediterranean Architecture

Known for tiled roofs and stucco finishes, Mediterranean-style homes are frequently found in states with warm climates and Spanish histories.