Monte Vista is arguably the most prominent of the neighborhoods that blossomed during San Antonio’s “Gilded Age.” This was the period between 1890 and 1930 when the city began to establish itself as more than just an outpost for cattle drives.
Local adaptations of national architectural trends are reflected in a mix of distinctive homes designed by talented architects who built homes for the wealthy as well as for those of more modest means.
Monte Vista was where many of the rich people in the cattle and oil industries decided to make their home during this time. Atlee B. Ayers, Adams and Adams and Frost Carvel (to name a few) built an architectural showcase of varied styles. The resulting attractive mix of Queen Anne, Hollywood bungalow, Georgian, Moorish and Victorian era architecture gives Monte Vista its unique feel.
The Monte Vista Historical Association was founded in 1973, in an attempt to halt loss of structures to demolition, decay and institutional encroachment. In 1975 more than 1600 petitioners asked the City to view the area as a historic asset because of its diversity, quality of architecture and the well-preserved state of the neighborhood. It was designated Historic in 1975 by the City of San Antonio and in 1998 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.