San Antonio’s Monte Vista
Architecture and Society in a Gilded Age 1890–1930
Architectural history of signifigant San Antonio neighborhood
The 100-block Monte Vista National Historic District survives nearly intact from San Antonio’s Gilded Age, when newly prosperous residents built the finest neighborhood of the era. Here architects drawn to the burgeoning city from across the country designed homes both elaborate and modest in an unusual variety of styles, from Queen Anne to Prairie to Tudor to Spanish Colonial Revival.
In San Antonio's Monte Vista, Donald Everett outlines the creative designs that shape Monte Vista as well as the lifestyles of those who lived there during the heady times when San Antonio was the largest city in the largest state. After noting disturbing similarities between residential decline near Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and Monte Vista, Everett became a leader in organizing an association that obtained historic district zoning protection and reversed the neighborhood’s decline. With the research incorporated in this book he laid the basis for the effort that culminated in thee Monte Vista district's 1998 listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Included is a separate index of notable homes, churches, schools, and commercial buildings listed by architect.